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Ole Miss Has Removed The Mississippi State Flag From Campus

According to reports, Ole Miss has removed the Mississippi state flag, which features the Confederate battle emblem, from its campus. The move occurred without much fanfare on Monday morning.

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CNNhas more on the decision:

The move comes after student senators voted 33-15 with one abstention last week to ask the school administration to furl the banner, which includes the Confederate battle emblem in its upper left corner.

"University of Mississippi Police Department officers lowered and furled the state flag in a Lyceum Circle ceremony as the campus opened Monday morning," a school statement said. "The flag will be preserved in the University Archives along with resolutions from students, faculty and staff calling for its removal."

Allen Coon, a student senator and president of the College Democrats who was at the forefront of the fight to take down the flag, told CNN he was surprised and elated by the decision.

"They didn't announce anything. They did it early this morning," he said. "The leadership acted swiftly, and despite the opposition from the governor, who two days ago said college students act emotionally, they took it down. It's exciting."

The move comes on the heels of South Carolina's decision to remove the Confederate flag from its state capitol in June. In 2003 removed mascot Colonel Reb, whom the New York Times called "fraught with baggage," from the sideline of games, and in 2010, he was replaced as the school's mascot with a black bear. This most recent decision with the state flag is sure to upset some, as the Colonel Reb decision did, but it is probably the correct decision for the school.