I was checking out one of my favorite web sites, ESPN, and I noticed that the University of Mississippi (aka Ole Miss) students have decided to officially retire Colonel Reb, Ole Miss’ inactive mascot that looks like umm…an ol’ school southern gentlemen? Here’s a pic of the colonel:
The colonel has been inactive for several years as Ole Miss tries to move away from what some view as lingering ties to a confederate past (IMHO – yup, the colonel does). Student Koriann Porter started the petition initiative that led to the vote conducted by the institution’s Associated Students. Although the campus has over 18,000 students, only 3,366 voted. There will be a committee formed to develop a new mascot.
I personally think that it is great that this student-led initiative has taken place to personify their school spirit in a less offensive manner. I am curious how much support she received (if any) from staff or faculty on campus. You can read the ESPN article here. There’s also a good article from MSNBC that you can find here.