Ole Miss Changes Name of Homecoming King after Col. Reb Complaint

Ole Miss Changes Name of Homecoming King after Col. Reb Complaint

Up until just a few days ago, the school's homecoming king was referred to as Mr. Colonel Reb. Students say after an anonymous complaint, they voted to get rid of that title.
OXFORD, MS (abc24.com) - Ole Miss is taking one more shot at Colonel Reb. The controversial figure was replaced by a black bear in 2010, but traces of the longtime mascot remain. Students just did away with another tradition involving the Colonel.

Up until just a few days ago, the school's homecoming king was referred to as Mr. Colonel Reb. Students say after an anonymous complaint, they voted to get rid of that title.

"There's homecoming queen, Miss Ole Miss. There's Mr. Ole Miss, but his title is Mr. Colonel Reb," says Sammy Lund, a sophomore.

The school's Associated Student Body just voted to stop using that title, going instead with Mr. Ole Miss.

"I honestly hadn't given it any thought until they changed the name, that we still kept the name Colonel Reb after we changed the mascot," says senior Jessica Simpson. "I didn't think it was a big deal. I don't see what the controversy is."

"I think it's someone making a big deal out of something that shouldn't be a big deal," says Lidia McGuire.

"It was just falling back on tradition, not necessarily insinuating anything," adds Lund.

The Colonel used to be a staple around campus. Now students think the former mascot will eventually disappear.

"I think slowly but surely it might just wear off," says senior Sheletha Dillon.

For some, changing the homecoming king title is another move in that direction.

"It shows how much Ole Miss is changing," junior Casey O'Brien tells abc24.com. "A lot has changed since I've been a freshman here."

Even with the changes, though, O'Brien says the Colonel will always be ingrained in the school's history. "People are still going to know him. You're still going to know the homecoming king used to be called Colonel Reb. Some people are still going to call him that."

"It's just a name," Lund says. "If he's Mr. Ole Miss, it's still the same kind of title. It doesn't really matter."

The name was changed at the end of March. Some students have appealed the decision, but members of the Associated Student Body say it's final.
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