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Our friends at Amherst College, according to the Associated Press, are currently window shopping for a new mascot for their institution of higher learning. The trustees there believe using “Lord Jeff” as the unofficial/official mascot has now created too much negative buzz since it is named for 18th-century British General Jeffery Amherst…who in his historical bio among other things was credited with the idea to deliver blankets infected with smallpox to Native Americans. As is usual in muddled matters of mascots there are alumni, faculty and students on both sides of the argument whether or not to keep “Lord Jeff” around.
I recapped the above story for my wife as she was standing on the other side of our living room last evening. Her immediate response was, “You said the mascot is Lord Jeff right?”
“And he’s based on Jeffery Amherst.”
“Well, what are they doing about the name of the school?”