In response to the debate around UNLV’s mascot and allegations of racism tied to it, The Rebel Yell staff announced last week that it will ax the newspaper’s name come spring (disclosure: I was an editor there once). As student editors brainstorm new possibilities, we thought of some that might work better than the old Confederate battle cry.
The Scarlet Buzz No, it’s not the newest STD taking campus by storm.
The White Wedding Like that other Billy Idol song, although if they’re looking to avoid charges of racism …
The Tumbleweed Take that, UNR! You might have the Sagebrush, but here in the desert we’ve got the mighty tumbleweed. Plus, it harkens back to UNLV’s original nickname, Tumbleweed Tech.
The UNLV Viking A straightforward, strong name for a resilient student newspaper. Plus, a Viking would make a great mascot.
The Coaster Because when you’re done reading it, it’s still good for something.