Fly on the Wall 1493 

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Verbatim
"We believe affection for the Landshark serves as a symbolic rallying point, something lovingly embraced among students from a variety of backgrounds, races, religions, creeds, or other political affiliations. To that end, it is clear that the student body believes the Landshark deserves to represent our school's spirit on the field, in the Grove, and in our hearts." — Excerpted from a statement issued by the University of Mississippi's Associated Student Body following a non-binding referendum to (once again!) rename the Ole Miss mascot.

More than 81 percent of the student body chose Landshark over the current mascot, Rebel the black bear who replaced the school's Col. Reb in 2010. Landsharks may not reflect Oxford's literary heritage like the Faulkner-inspired bear but increase the likelihood of "Sharknado" appearing on the sports page.

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Reading the CA
Speaking of sports pages, how about that Commercial Appeal?
Between mass layoffs and a production process where the paper is edited and printed out-of-town, there's no good way for sportswriters to meet deadlines. The result: a Sunday paper where more than half the front page (above the fold, no less) is devoted to a photo of two excited U of M players and the headline "Getting ready to rumble in Orlando."

The University of Central Florida had (to borrow a word from other, more timely reports) "pummeled" Memphis the night before, 40-13.

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