The end to the seven-year era of Black Bear reportedly is gaining traction. According to The Daily Mississippian, more than 81 percent of Ole Miss’ student body voted in favor of changing the mascot to the Landshark.
This is only one part of the process for changing the mascot, but an announcement by the Associated Student Body President Dion Kevin III said official changes will not be made for the time being.
“We hope this will be a catalyst for a transition toward a new mascot, the Landshark,” the announcement read. “We believe that affection for the Landshark serves as a symbolic rallying point, something lovingly embraced among students from a variety of backgrounds — races, religions, creeds or political affiliations. To that end, it is clear that the student body believes the Landshark deserves to represent our school’s spirit on the field, in the Grove, and in our hearts.”
The Associated Student Body will give an official document to Ole Miss leadership heading into the homecoming game, showing the vote’s outcome.
“Landshark” was created by the football team’s defense, tracing back to 2008. To incorporate it on the field, defensive players bask in big plays by placing a hand to their forehead in the shape of a shark fin.
Ole Miss plays at Alabama on Sept. 30, with the game televised on ESPN.