The College of Nevada, Las Vegas eliminated the Hey Reb! statue on campus Tuesday night time in response to criticism that the picture is rooted in racist ideology.
UNLV president Marta Meana issued an announcement on Twitter confirming that the statue can be returned to its donor and that the college can be working subsequent to address the varsity’s mascot.
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“I wanted to let you know that the Hey Reb! statue in front of the Tam Alumni Center was taken down this evening. In recent conversations with the donor we mutually agreed it was best to remove the statue and return it,” Meana’s assertion learn.
“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. The frequency of those conversations has increased in recent weeks, and I will have more to share with campus once the listening tour is complete.”
The current mascot and nickname date again to the mid-1950s when the college expanded from the College of Nevada, Reno.
“… students and administrators drew the idea for Rebels from the natural rivalry that accompanied the split between what would become UNLV and UNR,” the faculties’ website states.
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“After establishing the Rebels nickname, Nevada Southern (NS) students also created Beauregard, a cartoon wolf with a Confederate uniform, to “rebel” towards UNR and its wolf-pack mascot within the North … Whereas it was a choice primarily based in rivalry and enjoyable, the selection of a Confederate-themed mascot was nonetheless an unlucky one.”
The picture was ultimately banned by the scholar physique within the 1970s and years later the varsity adopted the Hey Reb! mascot.
An online petition calling on the college to change the mascot known as the Hey Reb! picture “racist.”
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“The ‘Rebel’ is racist and is rooted in a Confederate mythology which has no place on our campus,” the petition stated. “The mascot, originally named ‘Beauregard’ after the Confederate general who fired the first shots of the Civil War, presents a public image that runs counter to our core values and UNLV’s mission to become the leading multicultural university in the United States. Having a mascot that is inextricably connected to a failed regime whose single aim was to preserve the institution of slavery is an embarrassment to our campus and to our community.”