- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The University of Nevada, Las Vegas’s student newspaper is changing its name amid claims that the school’s “Rebel” moniker is racist since it refers to Confederate soldiers.

In an editorial published Monday, the staff of the Rebel Yell announced it would change the name of the newspaper by next spring no matter what the university choses to do. The editorial says the paper’s name is racist and advocates institutionalized racism.

Some have called for the university’s mascot to be changed, saying the “Hey Reb!” character appears to be a Confederate soldier. The Rebel Yell, which was founded in 1955, was a homage to a Confederate battle cry during the Civil War.

The newspaper’s name has changed several times, switching back to the Rebel Yell in 1992.

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