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UNLV To Put $50,000 Into Updating Rebel Mascot

LAS VEGAS (AP) — UNLV President Len Jessup says the university has launched a $50,000 campaign to make changes to its "Hey Reb!" mascot in response to concerns that it has ties to the Confederacy.

Jessup told The Las Vegas Review-Journal on Tuesday that the move is "the right thing to do."

The university's mascot has long been criticized by those who say the mustachioed, cowboy hat-wearing character appears to be a Confederate soldier.

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People have also called for the school to change its "Rebels" nickname, but the name will remain unchanged. UNLV Chief Diversity Officer Rainier Spencer issued a report on the topic last November based on research that concluded the moniker was not intended as a reference to the Confederacy.