Senate to begin selection of new personality election name

Posted on Apr 16 2013 - 10:12am by Molly Yates and Grant Beebe

ASB senators will introduce legislation tonight to begin the process of selecting a new identity for the homecoming personality formerly known as “Colonel Reb.”

Associated Student Body Attorney General Rob Pillow talks during an interview with Rebel Radio in Oxford, Miss., Wednesday, April 3, 2013. (Thomas Graning/The DM)

Associated Student Body Attorney General Rob Pillow talks during an interview with Rebel Radio in Oxford, Miss., Wednesday, April 3, 2013. (Thomas Graning/The DM)

Monday evening ASB Attorney General Rob Pillow announced that the ASB Senate would begin formally accepting input from student body representatives regarding a new name for the homecoming personality election, once called “Colonel Reb.”

Following the controversy surrounding the decision of the previous ASB Judicial Council to rename the disputed title “Mr. Ole Miss,” Pillow and the present ASB administration have worked to increase student body input in policymaking.

In a written statement provided to The DMCourtney PearsonOle Miss to have a unified student body coming together to decide what they want our male personality election to be,” Pearson said.
Pearson encourages students to reach out to ASB representatives with ideas.
“This could very much be a process where students need to be involved,” Pearson said.

“It will be up to the students to approach their senators and voice their opinions on the new name.”
Pillow similarly asks that students involve themselves in the decision process by staying in touch with their elected representatives.
“I want to encourage students to express their opinions on this matter to their elected ASB senators,” Pillow wrote.

“As an administration, we want to hear the opinions of the students and the best way to do so is through the ASB Senate.”

As the bill does not specify a direct replacement for the title, ASB senators will be relying on the input of the community to amend the Constitution and label the position.

“Student opinions will ensure that that the entire student body is heard on this matter, and the ASB Senate will do their best to accurately represent the students in this decision,” Pillow wrote.