Reid contacts leaders to consider change to UNLV mascot, nickname


Talking with press reporters in Washington Tuesday, Sen. Harry Reid gotten in touch with Nevada college authorities to think about altering the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ mascot and sports nickname.

The statements came after a shooting in South Carolina that declared nine lives triggered dispute about displays of the Confederacy.

On the campus of UNLV Tuesday, it was tough to discover any individual who believes the mascot, Hey Reb!, ought to be changed.

“What occurred over there is a disaster naturally, but what’s happening right here on school is what’s happening on campus. Go Rebels,” student Billy Watts stated.

“I do not believe their mascot has anything to do with the disaster that’s going on in South Carolina or anything like that. Individuals are taking this stuff to a brand-new level it doesn’t have to go to,” student Amanda Spang stated.

Tony Allen, with UNLV’s Workplace of Media Relations, on Tuesday provided the following statement:

“UNLV’s existing mascot, Hey Reb!, was produced in 1982 by late regional artist Mike Miller and was motivated by western pioneers of the 1800s. It was planned to be reflective of western self-reliance and spirit and has actually turneded into one of the most beloved mascots in college athletics.

The university’s initial mascot, Beauregard, was eliminated in the 1970s when students approached the university administration and voted to eliminate the Confederate-themed mascot but retain the Rebels name.”

FOX5 spoke to one student who believes change is required.

“I think the mascot for UNLV can definitely be reassessed, I believe. I seem like we can enter a better direction than the Runnin’ Rebels, particularly because of the Charleston situation,” senior Maurice Palmer said.

Nevada Rep. Joe Heck reacted to Reid’s statements by stating the mascot has actually remained in location considering that 1983 and is not associated with the Civil War, the Confederacy or slavery.

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