If there is one mascot that a lot of people in the country think needs to be changed, it’s Ole Miss’s. For a long time, the school has been criticized for using the Rebel as a mascot mainly because it represents the Confederacy and opens up fans to wave the Confederate Flag at games, which happens.
The school has responded by trying to change the mascot. They went for the Bears and that went all the way to them actually purchasing a Bear mascot costume and using it at games. They also tried the Admirals, but that just turned into a running joke where fans wear masks of Admiral Akbar from “Star Wars.”
Every time the boosters and Board of Trustees turned down the change. One thing the school hasn’t done yet is ask the students.
According to Hotty Toddy, students at Ole Miss have started a petition to change the school’s mascot. They have even come up with a cool new name: the Landsharks.
The Landsharks is what the Rebels’ defense calls itself. The petition was started by Sam Fowlkes and on Change.org, he gave a pretty good reason why the change should be made.
“Everywhere you look on gameday in Oxford, the story is all about the Landshark. Whether it is in the defense making plays, the hype video, the flag waving, or even the fan cams, the landshark is an embodiment of the team and the University. This petition is a preliminary attempt to gather interest from the student body and alumni on potentially associating the Landshark with the University of Mississippi. The only apparent association with Ole Miss and the Black Bear is the mascot on the field; however, this petition and further actions are not an attempt to undo the past or any work done on the previous mascots. The Landshark has a distinct relationship to the students, faculty, and alumni, and I am trying to determine if there is enough support for me to pursue future actions. With your help, I can present the ASB senate with a tangible petition showing support, where we can then determine future actions on changing of the mascot.”
I can almost bet that the change won’t be taking place. That is going to keep the ever-growing battle of the mascot going in Oxford.
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