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UNLV weighs changing mascot from Rebels

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Social justice protests that led to the removal of the "Hey Reb!" statue on campus Tuesday has UNLV officials changing the university's mascot from Rebels.

UNLV president Marta Meana said the statue that stood in front of the university alumni center is meant to continue conversations about the best approach for the school in matters of social justice.

"In recent conversations with the donor we mutually agreed it was best to remove the statue and return it," Meana said in a statement shared to the university's social media accounts.

The "Rebels" and Runnin' Rebels mascot and theme could be next.

A petition was started this week and had over 4,000 signatures at on Wednesday morning.

"The 'Rebel' is racist and is rooted in a Confederate mythology which has no place on our campus," the petition reads.

"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."

The mascot dates to the 1950s when UNLV and Nevada-Reno split, creating a natural rivalry.

The first mascot, 뷰티 인사이드 영화 다시 보기 which students voted to banish, was Beauregard, a cartoon wolf with a Confederate uniform.

"While it was a decision based in rivalry and fun, the choice of a Confederate-themed mascot was nonetheless an unfortunate one," UNLV said in a statement.

--Field Level Media