Ole Miss students set to vote on potential new mascot
Ole Miss could (maybe) soon be making a change in the mascot department.
The university’s Associated Student Body president, Dion Kevin III, announced in a letter Monday that students will be able to vote on the Landshark as the new mascot for athletics, according to a report from The Clarion-Ledger.
The Rebels’ current mascot is the Black Bear. It was adopted in 2010 to replace Colonel Reb.
“The Landshark as we know it today has its origins in football, but has since expanded to symbolize Ole Miss’s fight spirit and athletic prowess,” Kevin said, according to the report. “On September 26th, we will all have the chance to leave a legacy of unity and excitement in a referendum vote in this year’s Fall Election.”
Apparently even if a “yes” vote happens, it will still take some time for a change to take place. And that’s if a change takes place. The athletic department certainly will have a say in the matter.
“This effort is an ASB-led initiative, and the athletics department will be involved at the appropriate time,” Ole Miss spokesman Kyle Campbell reportedly said. “The leadership of our two organizations have built a strong relationship, and we will work hand-in-hand through this and any matters that are relevant to our gameday experience.”