It's Time For a New UNLV Mascot

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UNLV's current mascot, the "Rebel" is racist and is rooted in a Confederate mythology which has no place on our campus. 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. In 2017, our Congresswoman and 30-year UNLV Professor Dina Titus (D-NV) argued on KNPR that the university should consider retiring the mascot. Former Senator Harry Reid has also suggested that the "Rebel" mascot should be replaced. It's 2020 now, and time to turn the page on the "Lost Cause" of the Confederacy in Nevada. We, the undersigned, demand that UNLV President Marta Meana hold a campus-wide vote as soon as possible to select a new mascot that better represents our community and our school.