The University of Mississippi needs a new mascot. They have not had one since 2003 when they dismissed Colonel Reb, a Southernly gentleman dressed in a white suit and hat that many felt represented a stereotypical white plantation owner. Seven years later, the student body has finally decided to vote upon a new mascot and they are looking to separate themselves from any potential racial implications. Someone with perhaps a little more color. Maybe someone not even of this world.
Leading the charge from the water planet of Dac is one Admiral Ackbar. Once a slave himself, Ackbar would be the perfect counterpoint to a decades-long cheerleader clouded in the controversial accusations of indentured servitude. Ackbar's qualifications are impressive indeed. Rising to the rank of commander in the Rebel Alliance after the Battle of Turkana, Ackbar eventually led forces during the historic Battle of Endor, which became the downfall of the Imperial forces under Emperor Palpatine.
The Ole Miss Rebels are very impressed with these credentials and the students are voicing their support. In an attempt to secure the Admiral as the new face of the school, both Facebook and Twitter pages have been established and even the public can help by printing out fliers at www.notatrap.org, a web page named after Ackbar's rallying warning to his troops. Those three simple words, "It's a trap!", may have saved countless lives during the Endor Run.
Not everyone at the school is supporting the measure though. "It's really been comic relief about the student process," says Artair Rogers, President of the ASB. "'Ol'" Sparky Reardon, the dean of students, calls them "creative, innovative, and mischievous" and that the Ackbar campaign will not be a part of any process in choosing the new mascot.
Publicists of Ackbar's over at Lucasfilm, a shadow company suspected to have funded the efforts of the Rebel Alliance, have come out in support for him though. "Lucasfilm is flattered that our...fans at the University of Mississippi are considering electing Admiral Ackbar as their mascot. The last time we checked in with Admiral Ackbar, he was leading the Rebel Alliance Fleet on a critical mission so it will be difficult for him to show up for the games!"
The student mascot committee will have the final say on Ole' Miss' decision, but they may want to hurry. Things are heating up in the nation's capital to make Ackbar the new face of the Washington Redskins.