Admiral Ackbar might just be the next mascot of the Mississippi Rebels. Ole Miss students voted last night to replace Colonel Reb, the school's old mascot who was deeply associated with the old south.
As TMZ notes, Ackbar is now "one step closer to becoming the new on-field mascot." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution adds that Ackbar's campaign is "gaining internet steam."
The Admiral is a 1.8-meter (almost six feet) member of the Mon Calamari species, noted for commanding the Alliance Fleet in the Battle of Endor in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
Ackbar's StarWars.com profile sheds more light on positive qualities he could provide as a mascot:
Beyond the qualifications of his great skills and sterling character, Ackbar was a symbol to the rest of the galaxy: a symbol that the Alliance is fighting for everyone, no matter what their background or origin. The Empire, in contrast, has made discrimination against non-humans a longstanding policy.
Of course, as Access Hollywood writes, there is "no word if George Lucas would allow the university the right to use his character as their mascot." Scroll down to watch Ackbar's most famous moment.