By Wire reports
OXFORD – A decision to end the honorary title “Colonel Reb” at the University of Mississippi is under dispute.
The Ole Miss Judicial Council voted March 25 that the title, awarded to a popular male student each year for many decades, is unconstitutional.
AG Rob Pillow told the Daily Mississippian that he would issue an opinion Monday about the constitutionality of the Judicial Council’s process. Courtney Pearson, who was in her last day as Judicial Council Chair when the council voted unanimously to end the honorary title, contends that the Attorney General has no review power over Judicial Council decisions.
Ole Miss’ “Colonel Reb” mascot represented the university in print beginning in the 1940s and on athletics contest sidelines from 1979 to 2003. The caricature was retired after complaints that his interpretation as a plantation owner fostered racist stereotypes.