Reid contacts leaders to reconsider UNLV mascot, nickname

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) –

Speaking to press reporters in Washington Tuesday, Sen. Harry Reid gotten in touch with Nevada higher education officials to think about changing the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ mascot and sports nickname.

The statements followed a shooting in South Carolina that declared nine lives triggered argument about screens of the Confederacy.

On the school of UNLV Tuesday, it was challenging to find anybody who believes the mascot, Hey Reb!, need to be changed.

“What took place over there is a disaster obviously, however exactly what’s happening right here on campus is what’s happening on campus. Go Rebels,” student Billy Watts said.

“I do not think their mascot has anything to do with the disaster that’s going on in South Carolina or anything like that. People are taking this things to a new level it does not have to go to,” student Amanda Spang stated.

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

“UNLV’s present mascot, Hey Reb!, was developed in 1982 by late regional artist Mike Miller and was inspired by western trailblazers of the 1800s. It was planned to be reflective of western independence and spirit and has turneded into one of the most precious mascots in college sports.

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

FOX5 talked to one student who thinks modification is required.

“I believe the mascot for UNLV can absolutely be reassessed, I believe. I seem like we can go in a much better instructions than the Runnin’ Rebels, specifically due to the Charleston circumstance,” senior Maurice Palmer said.

Nevada Rep. Joe Heck responded to Reid’s statements by saying the mascot has been in place considering that 1983 and is not connected to the Civil War, the Confederacy or slavery.

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