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September 14, 2012

Thursday’s runoff election results named Courtney Pearson as Homecoming Queen and Austin Harrison as Col. Reb. With 51.57 percent of the vote, Pearson became the first black homecoming queen in Ole Miss history.

Thursday’s runoff election results named Courtney Pearson as Homecoming Queen and Austin Harrison as Col. Reb. With 51.57 percent of the vote, Pearson became the first black homecoming queen in Ole Miss history. “I am just absolutely thrilled that she has a chance to represent the Ole Miss family as homecoming queen,” Dean of Students Sparky Reardon said.

September 12, 2012

Last night with over 500 people in attendance at the the Lyceum, the results for Homecoming Queen, Colonel Reb and Miss Ole Miss were announced.

Last night with over 500 people in attendance at the the Lyceum, the results for Homecoming Queen, Colonel Reb and Miss Ole Miss were announced. With over 4,689 votes cast, the winner for Homecoming Queen and Colonel Reb could not be decided. Homecoming Queen candidate Ashleigh Davis edged Courtney Pearson by .34 percent of the vote, but it was not enough to prevent a runoff. Colonel Reb candidate Austin Harrison came away with 43.99 percent of the vote, while his competitor Doug Odom had 33.63 percent of the vote to force another runoff.

September 12, 2012

Last night with over 500 people in attendance at the the Lyceum, the results for Homecoming Queen, Colonel Reb and Miss Ole Miss were announced.

Last night with over 500 people in attendance at the the Lyceum, the results for Homecoming Queen, Colonel Reb and Miss Ole Miss were announced. With over 4,689 votes cast, the winner for Homecoming Queen and Colonel Reb could not be decided. Homecoming Queen candidate Ashleigh Davis edged Courtney Pearson by .34 percent of the vote, but it was not enough to prevent a runoff. Colonel Reb candidate Austin Harrison came away with 43.99 percent of the vote, while his competitor Doug Odom had 33.63 percent of the vote to force another runoff.

April 10, 2012

 

One hot September Saturday in the Grove, people pounded the air to the tune of “From Dixie With Love,” in sympathy of the end of an era: the removal and replacement of Colonel Reb. 

 

One hot September Saturday in the Grove, people pounded the air to the tune of “From Dixie With Love,” in sympathy of the end of an era: the removal and replacement of Colonel Reb. 

It began in 1997 when the Confederate flag was barred from being flown around the football stadium so Tommy Tuberville could recruit a few top-notch black athletes. It continued onward to the banning of Colonel Reb from the sidelines in 2003 to eventual replacement on Ole Miss merchandise by a black bear in 2010. 

March 20, 2012

 

Ole Miss has been fond of changes lately. Criticism came after banning Colonel Reb, “From Dixie With Love” and the Rebel flags in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Ask any committee member from a historical preservation board or something like it: people do not react well to change.

 

Ole Miss has been fond of changes lately. Criticism came after banning Colonel Reb, “From Dixie With Love” and the Rebel flags in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Ask any committee member from a historical preservation board or something like it: people do not react well to change.

In general, change is something mankind will probably never learn to fully accept — at least immediately.

February 14, 2012

As members of the Ole Miss family, we have a special mindset. We have certain standards for who we welcome into our family. 

 

As members of the Ole Miss family, we have a special mindset. We have certain standards for who we welcome into our family. 

A stroll through the Grove on a Saturday in the fall will prove that: beautiful women in colorful sundresses, gentlemen in sports coats and old men in sweater vests. Other than those types of people, there isn’t much room for outsiders.

This concept saddens and frightens me, but it is how we have done it in Oxford for as long as anyone can remember.

October 24, 2011

While the nation worries about its national debt, soldiers returning from home and who they’re going to vote for in the 2012 elections, the University of Mississippi lived through its own little controversy these past two weeks.

While the nation worries about its national debt, soldiers returning from home and who they’re going to vote for in the 2012 elections, the University of Mississippi lived through its own little controversy these past two weeks.

Two weeks ago today (Tuesday Oct. 25th), the university held the primary elections for the personality candidates on campus.

October 11, 2011

After weeks of campaigning, giving speeches and a day full of groups of supporters accosting students around campus for their votes, the anticipation is over.

 

After weeks of campaigning, giving speeches and a day full of groups of supporters accosting students around campus for their votes, the anticipation is over.

Evan Kirkham, Associated Student Body attorney general, announced the winners in front of hundreds of students rallying behind the candidates.

For Homecoming Queen, the final results show Maggie Day edged out Robin Walker with 2,658 votes to 2,145 votes.

October 9, 2011

The candidates in this year’s elections for Homecoming Queen, Colonel Reb and Miss Ole Miss spoke to The Black Student Union this past week.

 

The candidates in this year’s elections for Homecoming Queen, Colonel Reb and Miss Ole Miss spoke to The Black Student Union this past week.

Maggie Day and Robin Walker are running for Homecoming Queen. Meghan Litten, Emily Monsour and Mary Alex Street are running for Miss Ole Miss. Davis Gates, Alex Langhart and Logan Rush are running for Colonel Reb.

Each candidate spoke in front of the BSU executive council for five minutes this past Thursday to seek the group’s endorsement.

September 22, 2011

Mac Leaphart, a Greenville, S.C., native grew up around Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and other outlaw country singers whom his dad turned his ear toward.
His dad’s love for music was passed on to Leaphart as he started playing the piano in sixth grade and moved to guitar shortly after.
As the years went by, Leaphart found himself in all types of venues playing music whenever he got the chance.

September 12, 2011

 

Rebel the Black Bear, the University of Mississippi’s new mascot, made his first appearance of the school year at the season’s opening football games, and with the new mascot came mixed reactions. 

July 20, 2011

 

Mississippi’s Colonel Reb Political Action Committee (PAC) is attempting to amend Mississippi’s constitution to declare Colonel Reb the official mascot of the University of Mississippi.

June 15, 2011

 

I’ll be perfectly honest: Before I stumbled upon the Croft Institute for International Studies in a Google search, I had never considered going to Ole Miss. In fact, my first day on campus for a college visit in November 2009 was also my first day in Mississippi. 

June 15, 2011

 

Think back to the day it was announced. Some of the more dedicated Rebel fans can even remember where they were when they heard the news. 

Most abhorred the decision, claiming that the university was trying to take away “everything good.” Season ticket holders stormed the Lyceum with outrage. Loyal fans retreated to the Square to drink the pain away. Students formed groups and promised riots. 

April 28, 2011

Ever since Colonel Reb was removed from the sidelines of University sporting events in 2003 the students at Ole Miss have been clamoring for a mascot to represent them.

In 2009, then Associated Student Body President Artair Rogers set in motion the idea of a new mascot for the University.

In 2010 13,310 alumni, faculty and students showed enough support for Rebel Black Bear that it was chosen to be the new mascot for Ole Miss. Only 3,366 students voted.

April 15, 2011

A couple weeks ago, I was in my apartment bedroom, living out the meaning of the word “antisocial,” when I heard the following argument made by one of my roommate’s friends: “I don’t have a problem with black people. Some of my friends are black. But there is a difference between black people and (insert, well, you know).”

A couple weeks ago, I was in my apartment bedroom, living out the meaning of the word “antisocial,” when I heard the following argument made by one of my roommate’s friends: “I don’t have a problem with black people. Some of my friends are black. But there is a difference between black people and (insert, well, you know).”

After I spat out the water I was drinking in a classic comedic fashion, I leaned in and listened to the rest of his theory, although I had heard it made before.

April 12, 2011

Posters with hundreds of ideas on how to bring Rebel the Black Bear to life still line the walls of senior associate athletic director Michael Thompson’s office.

Posters with hundreds of ideas on how to bring Rebel the Black Bear to life still line the walls of senior associate athletic director Michael Thompson’s office.

Rebel has already made two public appearances in hospitals outside of Oxford, and the black bear is set to be unveiled soon at the University of Mississippi, though Thompson would not release specifics.

Although the University has not announced a date yet, Thompson said he predicts Rebel will be seen on campus within the next few weeks.

April 4, 2011

This afternoon, Rebel the Black Bear will make his first public appearance at Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children in Jackson, followed by a visit to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis on Wednesday.

This afternoon, Rebel the Black Bear will make his first public appearance at Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children in Jackson, followed by a visit to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis on Wednesday.

February 14, 2011

During a political campaign, like the ASB elections today, there’s plenty of talk about platforms and policies. But at the Daily Mississippian sports, we wanted to know a little more. With that in mind, ASB Presidential candidates Taylor McGraw and Cortez Moss stopped by to offer their thoughts on Ole Miss athletics – the important stuff, right?

During a political campaign, like the ASB elections today, there’s plenty of talk about platforms and policies. But at the Daily Mississippian sports, we wanted to know a little more. With that in mind, ASB Presidential candidates Taylor McGraw and Cortez Moss stopped by to offer their thoughts on Ole Miss athletics – the important stuff, right?

February 13, 2011

On the corner of Michael Thompson’s desk in the Ole Miss Athletics building sits the actual fur and other fabric samples that are being used to construct Rebel the Black Bear.

On the corner of Michael Thompson’s desk in the Ole Miss Athletics building sits the actual fur and other fabric samples that are being used to construct Rebel the Black Bear.

Thompson, Ole Miss Senior Associate AD for Communications and Marketing, is only six months into his job that includes overseeing the Rebels’ external marketing efforts and all components of media and public relations. Cast into the proverbial fire, Thompson was immediately charged with taking Rebel from the concept board to the side lines of Ole Miss sporting events and beyond.

February 3, 2011

Though I understand the affection many Ole Miss students and alumni hold toward Colonel Reb, recent legislation proposed by State Representative Mark Duvall may do more harm than good.

Though I understand the affection many Ole Miss students and alumni hold toward Colonel Reb, recent legislation proposed by State Representative Mark Duvall may do more harm than good.

House Bill 1106 requiring adherence to these “traditions” would legally close the door for future student and faculty input.

February 1, 2011

Mississippi District 19 Representative Mark Duvall said that since he proposed a bill to bring Colonel Reb back as the University of Mississippi’s mascot, his email inbox has been filled with messages of both support and outrage.

Mississippi District 19 Representative Mark Duvall said that since he proposed a bill to bring Colonel Reb back as the University of Mississippi’s mascot, his email inbox has been filled with messages of both support and outrage.

Duvall said he has received some messages containing signatures of support for the bill, and other e-mails saying the state should not be meddling in the affairs of the University.

On campus, the views among students are similar.

January 25, 2011

Just when our university seemed to be clawing its way out of the abyss of perceptibly negative, racially charged attention, one of Mississippi’s state representatives put us right back on the map. 

Just when our university seemed to be clawing its way out of the abyss of perceptibly negative, racially charged attention, one of Mississippi’s state representatives put us right back on the map. 

 

District 19 Rep. Mark DuVall, D-Mantachie, has taken it upon himself to use his legislative powers to inflame impassioned remnants of the statewide debate over the 2009 ban of the song “From Dixie with Love” and the student body’s 2010 decision to develop a new mascot.