No more yelling
The student newspaper at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has changed its name from the Yell or the Rebel Yell—it has been published under both names—to the Scarlet & Gray Free Press, a reference to the school colors.
Confederate images were used in the early days of the campus, and some say they were meant to suggest breakaway from the then-dominant North, not identification with the Confederacy (“Symbols,” RN&R, July 2, 2015). But the terms and drawings used—a Confederate flag once appeared next to the newspaper’s own flag across the top of the front page—were close enough for discomfort for many students, and the newspaper engaged in a long-running assessment of student opinion before acting.
An editorial read in part, “We gathered names based on suggestions after the original editorial came out in April, narrowed them down to five, then narrowed it down again to just two options based on online survey feedback. Then, our street team collected feedback by walking around campus to collect more qualitative data on these final options.”