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OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – When students at the University of Mississippi vote this fall on their favorite campus personalities, “Colonel Reb” won’t be on the ballot.

Instead, students will pick from candidates for “Mr. Ole Miss,” a popularly elected male honor roughly equivalent to the female honor “Miss Ole Miss.” Fall personality elections are Sept. 24

Student judicial leaders last spring declared unconstitutional the longtime honorary title of “Colonel Reb.”

The new title was selected Tuesday by a 35-0 margin of Associated Student Body Senate members with 10 abstaining.

ASB Vice President Morgan Gregory says the only item considered Tuesday was what the new title would be. Gregory says the name change takes effect immediately.

Those who held the title of Colonel Reb include Ben “Gentle Ben” Williams, the university’s first black football player.

 

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  • Ed

    This is so completely WRONG !!! I’m not a fan or a supporter of Ole Miss but to get rid of your history due to being politically correct is …well sickening.

    Due to this and other acts, such as getting rid of the Colonel Reb mascot, The Confederate Flag, just because you want to support special interest is just plain wrong. If I had a wish it would be you close your doors forever and 3 days.

    I have NO RESPECT for you and your program.

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