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That’s Racist: University of Mississippi E-Mail Domain

The University of Mississippi is hard at work finding ways to make the school’s nickname … less offensive. Although “Ole Miss” is “beloved by the vast majority of its students and alumni,” some faculty bristle at it — including its use in the college e-mail domain. Campus Reform reports:

“If I could do one thing, the place would never be called Ole Miss again,” Charles Eagles, a history professor at the university, told the New York Times in February after a statue of the school’s first African-American student was vandalized by two fraternity students.

The report, obtained by Campus Reform, stated that “faculty, staff, and students chafe” at the fact the school’s official e-mail domain is olemiss.edu and not UMiss.edu.

“They viewed the email address as a signal to the outside world that the university is a place that embraces notions of the old south and its historically exclusionary practices,” the report said.

Chancellor Dan Jones “said that the university’s nickname and more formal designation ‘will be used in appropriate contexts going forward.'”

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Dave has been writing about education, politics, and entertainment for over 20 years, including a stint at the popular media bias site Newsbusters. He is a retired educator with over 25 years of service and is a member of the National Association of Scholars. Dave holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Delaware.