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The whole Admiral Ackbar thing makes the New York Times

Well, at least a blog.  And it includes a quote from Lucasfilms on the subject.

For a character who makes only a passing appearance in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, things are going swimmingly for Admiral Ackbar, a bit player from “Return of the Jedi.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the students of the University of Mississippi voted on Tuesday to seek a new mascot to replace the school’s Colonel Reb, above, who was deemed too evocative of the Old South and potentially offensive. Among the leading candidates to replace the Colonel? The Admiral, a squidlike leader of the Rebel Alliance, who’s been getting a boost from student Web sites like notatrap.org. While a student committee to propose a new mascot is still in the early stages of formation, Lucasfilm, which produced the “Star Wars” movies, has given a (tongue-in-cheek) endorsement to Ackbar’s candidacy. In a statement the studio said: “Lucasfilm is flattered that our Star Wars fans at the University of Mississippi are considering electing Admiral Ackbar as their mascot. The last time we checked in with Admiral Ackbar he was leading the Rebel Alliance Fleet on a critical mission so it will be difficult for him to show up for the games!”

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