ESPN: UNLV removes Hey Reb! statue, eyes changes to mascot after widespread social justice protests

BleedGopher

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per ESPN:

UNLV officials removed the Hey Reb! statue from campus Tuesday night, and UNLV president Marta Meana indicated that changes could be coming to the university's mascot in the wake of social justice protests around the country.

The Hey Reb! statue stood in front of the Tam Alumni Center. In a letter posted on social media Tuesday, Meana said UNLV officials were returning the statue to its donor.

"In our recent conversations with the donor, we mutually agreed it was best to remove the statue and return it," Meana wrote. "Over the past few months, I have had discussions with multiple individuals and stakeholder groups from campus and the community on how best the university can move forward given recent events throughout our nation. That includes the future of our mascot."

According to UNLV's website, the Rebels' mascot dates to the school's origin in the mid-1950s, when it was an extension campus of the University of Nevada, Reno.

"tudents and administrators drew the idea for Rebels from the natural rivalry that accompanied the split between what would become UNLV and UNR," the UNLV website says.

Students created Beauregard, a cartoon wolf with a Confederate uniform, to "rebel against Nevada-Reno and its wolf-pack mascot in the North." On its website, UNLV acknowledged, "While it was a decision based in rivalry and fun, the choice of a Confederate-themed mascot was nonetheless an unfortunate one."


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Perhaps the Towel Chewers? The football team probably wouldn't like it though.
 

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Regardless of what the name and image may mean, i always loved the name runnin' rebels. I think it's one of the best team names in college basketball. The confederate imagery i can understand removing, but can't a rebel literally be anyone? It can still be a cowboy looking guy or something.
 
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