In 1972, The student body voted to change the Southern Miss mascot and nickname from the "Southerners" and "General Nat" to the "Golden Eagles." This photo captures the passing of an era.
was selected over Golden Raiders, Timber Wolves, War Lords and Southerners. It took two votes to get the 60 percent majority needed but "Golden Eagles" eventually won out over "Southerners."
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College Hall, Forrest County Hall, Hattiesburg Hall, the Industrial Cottage (now the Honors House) and the President's Home (now the Alumni House)
All five buildings opened their doors to students on September 18, 1912 and still exist on campus today.
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Built in 1921, the front of the University used to belong to a campus streetcar station, which was built as memorial to those who served in World War I. The station also served as the home of Rev. and Mrs. W.E.Fail, who were the campus monitors.
My...How Times Have Changed!
Up through the 1920's, kissing could lead to suspension...anything more daring than that was considered a "shipping offense." The act of "courting" was prohibited and highly discouraged.
Girls were even forbidden to ride in cars with males.
Rules were rigid and stricltly enforced. Chapel (which was mandatory) was at 11 a.m. everyday. Social hours were on Sundays from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and between dinner and 6:30 p.m. on weekdays, after which students went to their rooms for study hours until 10:15 p.m.
Lights out was at 10:30 p.m.
Students were forbidden to leave campus unless permission was granted by President Cook.
Dancing was prohibited until 1945...although during many of those years it was not enforced.
Smoking was prohibited as well.
March 30, 1910
By an act of the Legislature and signed by Gov. Edmund F. Noel Mississippi Normal (teachers) College (Now Southern Miss) was born.
Sept. 18, 1912
The doors open with a faculty of 18 and 506 students.
The band (dubbed the Pride of Mississippi" along with the Southern Belles) were invited to perform at halftime during the Senior Bowl in Mobile, AL. During the halftime show a reporter referred to the Belles as "those darlings from Dixie." The name stuck!