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Bill could require Ole Miss to bring back Colonel Reb

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OXFORD, MS - (WMC-TV) -  There is now a bill before Mississippi lawmakers that would require Ole Miss to bring back the Colonel Reb mascot.

House Bill 1106 was introduced to the Mississippi House of Representatives.

"I certainly would appreciate it if it passes," said Ole Miss freshman, Hill Martin.

The bill, authored by Representative Mark Duvall, takes aim at Ole Miss officials who dethroned Colonel Reb in 2003.

"I thought it was a real shame when they got rid of Colonel Reb, said Martin. "He's a part of the school. You just can't say he's not a part of us anymore."

If passed, the bill would require Ole Miss to make Colonel Reb its official mascot. The school would also have to play songs "Dixie" and "From Dixie With Love" before and after every game.
Martin believes the school was wrong.

"In this case the school made a mistake," said Martin. "Either way it just needs to be fixed. I don't know if the government is the right way to do it."

Former student Martel McEwen feels differently about the mascot. "You know I really don't give a [expletive] too much about the Colonel Reb," said McEwen.

He said the mascot, which is a caricature of a Southern plantation owner, is not a good fit for the university anymore.

"You've got to think about everybody that's here, everybody," said McEwen.

He thinks forcing it into law is not the way to do it. "I think its wrong, man," said McEwen. "I think its real wrong."

McEwen said Colonel Reb is now a part of the school's history and it needs to stay that way.

"Colonel Reb is just a little reminder of what this town used to be," said McEwen.

The bill is yet to be debated in the House. If it were to pass, the bill would go into effect July 1st, 2011.

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