By Scott Ray/The Daily Mississippian
Ole Miss students could have the chance to decide if they want a new on-field mascot as the result of a bill passed by the Associated Student Body Wednesday, The Daily Mississippian newspaper reported.
Save Colonel Reb Foundation spokesperson Howie Morgan said he was disappointed with the legislation.
By specifying that students can choose a new on-field mascot, it removes the possibility of reintroducing former mascot Colonel Rebel. Morgan said forcing students to choose between a new mascot or no mascot at all indicated that the ASB was not truly giving the students their voice.
“Some of the members of the ASB have allowed themselves to be co-opted by the administration,” Morgan said.
The bill came from a petition with 1,707 student signatures in favor of the university adopting an official on field mascot.
Students will vote either to support or oppose a student-led effort to develop and propose a new mascot to represent the Ole Miss Rebels, and according to the bill, the university will not revisit the 2003 decision to remove Colonel Reb.