Student Government (AAS)

AAS Statement Regarding the Board of Trustees' Decision on the Lord Jeff

In line with our stance against the use of Lord Jeffery Amherst as the College’s mascot, and given the overwhelming student support for removing Lord Jeffery Amherst as the College’s unofficial mascot, the AAS supports the Board of Trustees’ decision to, “when [Amherst’s] own resources are involved”, discontinue reference to Lord Jeff in Amherst’s “official communications, its messaging, and its symbolism.” Additionally, we strongly agree with the Board’s concern for both the strength of the Amherst College community and the inviolability of freedom of expression on and off campus.

 

Poll on Lord Jeff Results

Over the past several years, many arguments have been made both in favor of and in opposition to replacing Lord Jeffery Amherst as the College’s unofficial mascot. In a letter published in the Amherst Student this October the Senate officially supported the removal of Lord Jeffery Amherst as Amherst’s unofficial mascot.

 

Do you think Lord Jeffery Amherst should be removed as our unofficial mascot?*


*It should be noted that a yes vote (i.e. to remove Lord Jeffery Amherst) is not, and will not be interpreted as, a vote in favor of any particular replacement mascot.

 

Yes: 1338 (83%)

No: 268 (17%)

Total: 1606

 

If you have any comments please write them here:

 

YES YES YES REMOVE HIM GOODNESS WHY IS IT TAKING SO LONG

 

Moose

 

Go Purple Antlered Dragon with Squirrel Tail!

 

MOOSE

 

I would be in favor of being something like the Knights or the royals

 

While I support keeping Lord Jeff, I think that there should be a credible replacement mascot before we consider eliminating Lord Jeff.  As an athlete, I feel that the moose would be an embarrassing mascot.

 

Just don't make it the moose.

 

I stand with the unanimous vote of the Faculty to remove the Lord Jeff.

 

Absolutely get rid of Jeff. Replacing him with the bull moose would be lame. The moose that visited campus was a female moose, and using a bull moose would be a reflection of the disappointing and sexist fact that most people cannot conceive a female mascot.

 

Moose

 

Even if only one student were to feel unsafe and uncomfortable due to the mascot's inherent racism, that warrants its removal.

 

 

Might as well change the name of the College, and the town.

 

I still want financial aid tho

 

I propose we replace Jeff with the Amherst Purple Frost!

 

Anything but moose.

 

It's about time he was gone from this school. Thank you to the campus movement to make an active decision on this issue. You guys made it happen.

 

Yes but I like my financial aid... :P

 

Lord Jeffrey Amherst was a genocidal maniac and this shouldn't even be a question if Amherst is actually looking out for its students of color.

 

I would prefer the Amherst Royals mascot.

 

A mascot that divides a community is no mascot at all.

 

I think we should be the Royals!

 

DEFINITELY REMOVE HIM!

 

Moose!

 

Stating that we are ‘Amherst’ and not ‘Jeffs’ seems somewhat ironic considering that Lord Jeff Amherst's last name is no less indicative of his genocidal tendencies than his first. Why completely gloss over the fact that our school's name is inherently linked to Lord Jeff, and thus inherently offensive? It seems hypocritical that there is no greater protest (regardless of whether it would be symbolic or not) against our school's name. I therefore question the intentions of this movement, and cannot support it until it acknowledges its hypocrisy.

 

It is ridiculous to suggest that a mascot makes anyone feel uncomfortable. If it were such a huge issue, than whoever feels that way should have chosen a different school.

 

And if you do, please not the Moose. Thanks

 

It's an embarrassment we have kept him this long, it's 2015.

 

Please don't make us the Moose. That's really stupid.

 

THE MOOSE CHOSE US, SO WE MUST CHOOSE THE MOOSE

 

Let's take down the American Flag because we used to be associated with slaves, the dropping of the atomic bomb, and atrocities in Vietnam. Don't hide from history. Who cares.

 

Go Moose!

 

YES YES 150% YES!  #AmherstUprising #TheNEWAmherst

 

DOWN WITH JEFF

 

This is still Amherst college, and Amherst is Lord Jeff's last name. Taking away Lord Jeff as the mascot does not change the fact that Amherst college was found by Lord Jeffery Amherst.

 

Moose

 

Let's go!!!!!!!!!!

 

Making the moose our mascot would be awful. The moose was shot and killed on site. Animal cruelty

 

I am strongly against the potential Moose mascot. I would prefer perhaps a mascot celebrating the esteemed Robert Frost. The Amherst Frost has a good ring, doesn't it? We could also perhaps allude to the Pioneer Valley and settle for the Amherst Pioneers We could also play on our reputation both as a writing college. Thus the Amherst Bards would be fitting.

 

I'm in favor of the Moose!

 

I recommend the new mascot to be the Amherst Frost

 

Stop supporting hate

 

New idea: Amherst Frost? Since our movement started in Frost, and it's a cold, frigid winter... Sounds ominous to me. And we already have a statue of Robert Frost here! I'm pretty sure he's not racist too. :)

 

We should be the Royals.

 

Amherst frost

 

Mascots are supposed to be silly and cute animals, not genocidal white men who make people feel even more unsafe on this campus. Lord Jeff needs to go.

 

please no moose. anything but the moose.

 

Please not the moose - the moose was killed during removal and shouldn't be the mascot we rally around.

 

Long overdue.

 

I support using just Purple as our mascot. I am extremely against the idea of the moose as our mascot.

 

Write-In Mascot Candidate: Moose!

 

I am strongly against the Jeff. But I think the moose would be a terrible replacement. Anything but the moose !

 

MOOSE MOOSE MOOSE

 

Please God, just not the moose. Anything but the moose

 

Go Jeffs!

 

It is unacceptable that our school, committed to diversity and inclusion, should allow itself to be represented by a proponent of racial genocide.

 

I never thought I'd see the day this vote would be happening, that change may finally be happening. After taking a class on Native American history (past and present), this issue became huge for me, one I have been angry about for the last year. I can only hope the rest of the college believes we've represented this hateful man for long enough.

 

If Lord Jeff's symbol hurts students and makes them feel uncomfortable while leaving others simply indifferent, it should be removed. Yes there will be backlash from our Alumni, but we can't allow our monetary dependence to prohibit progressive, morally right, change. This school was once essentially all white male, and that isn't the Amherst, nor the world for that matter, that I attend and live in. We've got to let Jeff go and step with a firm foot forward.

 

We have waited much too long for this moment. Lord Jeff divides the campus over his advocacy of genocide. Even if you want a symbol to rally behind for a team or a sense of community, we can make that ourselves and make that our own inclusive symbol, not that of a long dead military officer (regardless of his historical context). If schools can have dead trees as their mascots, or shrimp, we can have something that is not this.

 

Just don't think it matters. Mascots don't mean anything unless you choose to be offended by them

 

this should be obvious. you cant just be blatantly racist as an institution.

 

I find the mascot to be racially insensitive. Even though we don't a large number of native Americans on our campus,doesn't mean that we should keep encouraging this kind of inappropriate figures.

 

Baby Jesus, not the moose. For the love of Nick Cage, anything but the moose! In the name of Mariah Carey, please not the moose. And let's not forget what Putin and the Soviets would do if we chose the moose. (Almost anything)

Please provide a follow-up poll to decide the new mascot.

 

Moose.

 

He is a part of the town's history. We are not venerating his actions in spreading biological warfare, we are venerating a piece of history.

 

I support removing the Lord Jeff. I hope that Amherst can go forward with NO official mascot.

 

The Lord Jeff does not unify the student body like a mascot should; it divides it. The entire faculty as well as the majority of the athletics department support the removal of the mascot. The Lord Jeff should not be kept around simply because of an attachment to a faded tradition or a fear of losing funding from alumni who no longer represent what Amherst stands for to most students.

 

There needs to be conversation towards those who say no as this is deeply problematic and the poll helps target these students

 

Please please please remove this mascot that has hurt so many, so much.  It hurts me to see it hurt others.  Thank you.

 

I am indifferent about changing the mascot, so I have voted yes to change it since I know that many people feel deeply affected by it. However, I am NOT in favor of a moose as our mascot and believe that there should be a vote on what the new mascot should be.

 

I will also note that our school is named after the town of Amherst, which is named after Lord Jeffery. I find it ironic that people are so vocal in changing the mascot yet they do not question that our entire school is essentially named after the same person.

 

My vote is yes as long as the replacement mascot is not the Moose.

 

I will not be able to support this school if the mascot doesn't change.

 

We should change our mascot to simply the Lords

 

Can't believe  we're finally here.  Good job guys!

 

This is such an easy decision. GET IT RIGHT, 'HERST.

 

Genocide isn't okay

 

The Dragons ?

 

YEEESSSSS!!!!!

 

As a student at Amherst, I'm ashamed that our current mascot is someone infamous for tricking Native Americans and spreading a disease. I'm an international student, but I still learned back home in elementary school about the devious acts of some colonists who intentionally gave out infected blankets. I believe Lord Amherst does not and should not represent our diverse and inclusive community here at Amherst College. I do understand there are always people against changing a long-standing tradition just because it has been there for a long time, but the college is constantly evolving and we need a mascot that each and all of the students could be proud of.

 

DOWN WITH JEFF!!

 

I think that we should have a buffer period with no mascot for a period of a year. At the end of that year we could decide whether or not we want a mascot and what that should be

 

Get with the times yo

 

Tradition is an invalid argument for keeping the Lord Jeff as the mascot. Rather, it should be our tradition to respect diversity, humanity, and the needs of the student and faculty bodies.

 

It's racist.

 

He's not even our official mascot in the first place. Just find a suitable mascot that people like.

 

If I had known how ubiquitous and racist unofficial mascot was when applying to college, I certainly would have chosen a different institution.

 

Respecting the humanity of all people--and here, specifically Native American students--is more important than tradition or team spirit. Our mascot should not have to be something that we have to turn a blind eye to in order to feel comfortable with.

 

It is unfortunate that this movement has taken on the moralistic tone that it has. One cannot help but feel that a large number of those supporting the mascot change are simply non-native students trying to feel holier-than-thou.

 

It would also be unfortunate if this vacancy were used as an opportunity for some ironic, tongue-in-cheek, sarcastic mascot to replace Lord Jeff and embarrass the school in a different way.

 

Would you want someone like Hitler as your mascot? We support Amherst, not the Lord Jeff.

 

Let's go for moose!

 

I think that in addition to removing Lord Jeffrey Amherst as our unoffical mascot, there should be an annual event should be held in recognition of the oppression of Native peoples as perpetuated by the college and Town of Amherst. This event should condemn the actions of Lord Jeffrey Amherst.

 

I like the suggestion of the new mascot being the frost.

 

The new mascot should be Frost!!!

 

I find it ironic that both the current unofficial mascot and its leading replacement are surrounded by death.

 

Please. Not the moose. Not Jeff either.

 

It will be difficult for me to support this institution if things are not changed.

 

We should be the Royals (a plural, gender neutral form of Lord which would also go well with our colors) or the Knights

 

And good riddance.

 

I believe that Lord Jeff, the mascot, has lost its historical and cultural connotation because of its long-lasting history at Amherst College. I am neither for nor against changing mascots but I personally think that there are more important things to worry about at the moment. This thing has been blown out of proportion, especially considering that it's about something as silly as an unofficial mascot. I truly hope this problem resolves as promptly as possible.

 

Native blood runs in my veins; Lord Jeffrey Amherst would have wanted me dead. To keep a mascot out of convenience is to allow a legacy of genocide live on.

 

This issue has been debated for far too long. The defenders of the current mascot are largely silent or anonymous because they know they're wrong. They do make some semi-coherent arguments about tradition, slippery slopes, alumni relations, and personal taste. But I'd like to see them make those arguments to a Native student. I don't think any reasonable, empathetic person could do that. Perhaps some of our students and alums really are that heartless. I hope not.

 

I have nothing against the mascot myself. I find it no less offensive than having a holiday for Columbus or the whole town being named Amherst or having Andrew Jackson on the twenty-dollar-bill. I actually think it's pretty cool to have an historical figure as our mascot instead of some animal. But I fully recognize that there are students from different backgrounds who are offended by the mascot for fully legitimate reasons. I do not believe that anyone should be forced to call themselves the name of someone they find repulsive. For this reason alone, I support the removal of the Lord Jeffs as our unofficial mascot.

 

The removal is long overdue.

 

lord jeff is satan.

 

lord jeff is a masochist..

 

Not the Moose. The Big Purple would be acceptable - following up with what many Ivy League schools have done in the past.

 

You should interpret this as a reasonably firm I don't give a shit. Because, for all intents and purposes, I don't. So why did I mark no?

 

Because I think the reasons for wanting to remove the mascot are pretty asinine. First, it will change absolutely nothing about anything meaningfully wrong with this school. Second, the logic behind removing him would justify erasing from public memory every historical figure who fails to live up to our modern moral standards - which, as it happens, would be every historical figure ever. Third, the exceptional time and energy students spend worrying about this is emblematic of pretty much everything that's wrong with present-day activism - we are all extremely concerned about symbolic gestures and hurt feelings, but cannot be bothered to do anything concrete to help people.

 

This has been a long time coming.

 

Lord Jeff is blatantly racist.

 

But I vote Yes and only if this new mascot represents amherst in a particular way that Jeffery did without being completely offensive. This includes the originality, history and ability to be cheered for. I think an idea could be Oxbow, relating to the Oxbow peninsula, but I'm not sure. The mascot needs to have some regality as the purple means regal.

 

Moose for mascot

 

As an athlete I feel very strongly against the moose as the mascot.

Amherst Royals, Amherst Frost, Amherst Trailblazers are all very viable options and much much better than the Amherst Moose

 

We should be the dingos.

How can you change something that is unofficial? I understand that it may offend some people but does this also mean a change in the town/school name? Unfortunately, time decontextualizes history and while Jeffrey Amherst may have committed atrocities in the past, Thomas Jefferson had slaves, Andrew Jackson was even worse, and more recently Johnson arguably caused the Cambodian genocide. My point is that everyone doesn't pass the eye test when the test is for perfection. This is 2015 that was 1700. How can we hold a man to today's standards? In conclusion, I'm completely fine if this is passed but don't really understand the fuss. I like lord Jeff and the tradition associated with him. I don't see a genocidal maniac when I think of him, I think of my mascot and nothing more. In a this tide of political correctness I also don't think an unbiased conversation can also take place surrounding LJ because those in favor of keeping him are probably afraid to speak their minds. Unfortunate

 

Let me be clear. I despise Lord Jeff. But, if he is removed, there is a good chance that some alumni will choose to stop donating. As a high-need student, I don't have the financial privelege to risk a smaller endowment, even if Jeff is offensive as hell.

 

Our mascot is absolutely offensive! I don't know why se still have it!

 

Moose is love

 

Moose is life

 

If for no other reason, we should change our mascot because a significant portion of our community is not comfortable rallying under the image of Lord Jeff. Specific arguments about his dubious past and college traditions aside, the Lord Jeff is currently failing this role of a good mascot.

 

Amherst needs to remove Lord Jeff as its mascot in order to create a safe and welcoming environment for present and perspective Native American students.

 

Replacement Mascot should be the Amherst Winter.

 

Moose!

 

I SWEAR TO EVERYTHING I LOVE ALL I WANT IS FOR US TO BE THE AMHERST FROST. ITS A SIMPLE REQUEST. IMAGINE THAT PURPLE AND WHITE ATTIRE WITH LITTLE ICE BLUE TRIM AROUND THE LETTERING. MY GOD, THINK OF THE POSSIBILITIES. ITS UNIQUE, IT RELATES TO ROBERT FROST AND HE DID SOME SHIT HERE. FURTHERMORE, ITS COLD AS SHIT HERE BASICALLY ALL YEAR SO THAT FITS IN NICELY AS WELL.  JUST GIVE ME THE FROST, GIVE ME SOME NEW MERCHANDISE AND I'LL LIE ON EVERY LONELINESS SURVEY AND SAY I COULDN'T BE HAPPIER AT AMHERST. HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE HORNETS (IN THE NBA) COLORWAY, WE COULD HAVE SOMETHING WILD SIMILAR.  ILL BUY NEW SWEATERS, NEW SWEATPANTS, ILL GET GEAR FOR MY RELATIVES AND ILL MAKE BIDDY AND THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES RICH AS SHIT OFF THE ROYALTIES FROM MY VARIOUS PURCHASES OF AMHERST'S NEW GEAR. JUST GIVE ME THE FROST, THATS ALL I ASK. I CANT STRESS IT ENOUGH. THAT SAID, IT WOULD BE REALLY CORNY TO MAKE ROBERT FROST OUR MASCOT, ANOTHER OLD DUDE WOULD JUST SEEM BORING AND LIKE WE WERE UNORIGINAL. I WANT LIKE A BLOCK OF ICE RUNNING AROUND THE FOOTBALL AND HOCKEY GAMES, LIKE A MOUNTAIN OR MAYBE EVEN A FROSTY WIND. I KNOW FROSTY THE SNOWMAN IS PROBABLY POLITICALLY INCORRECT AND I SYMPATHIZE BUT IF WE COULD HAVE A SNOWMAN MASCOT OH MAN, WE COULD BRING BACK THE YOUNG JEEZY SHIRTS FROM 2005, THE ONES THAT WERE BLURRED OUT IN THE MUSIC VIDEOS. THE ONES THEY WOULDN'T LET YOU WEAR TO SCHOOL. THAT WOULD BE LEGENDARY.I WOULD VOLUNTEER TO WEAR A SNOWMAN SUIT IF WE GOT A SNOW MAN MASCOT. I REALLY NEVER ASKED FOR MUCH AT THIS SCHOOL BESIDES CHICKEN THAT DOESN'T TASTE LIKE THE BOTTOM FLOOR OF THE WOLF FITNESS CENTER, SO JUST GIVE ME THIS.

 

Amherst Snow Leopards

 

It's racist and it has got to go. 

 

Frost for the new Mascot!

 

We should be the Frost!

 

I want to propose two options for replacements:

 

The Amherst Frost and The Amherst Purple

 

Purple squirrel. Or just a squirrel.

 

Hurrah!

 

I do not want the mascot to be Lord Jeffery Amherst because he represents genocide and oppression.

 

But I do think we should get another mascot

 

Obviously. What took so long?

 

Why's he so old and crusty

 

I am firmly and absolutely in favor of removing Lord Jeff as our mascot for a multitude of reasons.

 

Can't ask for the removal of hurtful team names like the Redskins in the presence of these types of mascots

 

As an athlete, the mascot of our school is part of our identity, and bears no historical connection to the past. Lord Jeffrey is merely a name and nothing more.

 

Just keep him

 

Go mammoth!!

 

I think either we should remove him or acknowledge the actions of the man Jeff is based on but differentiate ourselves. If we had to rename everything in the US named after somebody who did something amoral based on modern standards we wouldn't have too may cities left.

 

Only because it appears as though the top replacement is a moose which is the lamest mascot ever.

 

Lord Jeff should go, but the moose should not be the only alternative. If anything we should vote on it as well, but anything but the Moose.

 

Yes, but I think a respectful discussion should ensue after the mascot is removed. While the mascot is representative of the entire student body, the athletes must interact with it more than most. Therefore, the should have equal say in what the mascot is changed into. I think the Moose engendered the greatest opposition because its supporters ignored the opinions of others and forcefully pushed their new and improved mascot in the face of others.

 

The Lord Jeffery Amherst is extremely racist and perpetuates a colonialist and xenophobic tradition of inflicting genocide upon the Native American people.

 

Yes, get rid of it. Let's move on. I know this is an anonymous form, but it's important to have the voice of athletes in this discussion.

-Brent Harrison, captain of Indoor/Outdoor T&F.

 

It's pretty ridiculous that Lord Jeff is STILL our mascot. Ready for some concrete change around here.

 

Let loose the moose. Also, I've always felt very uncomfortable being referred to as Jeffs when his name is so closely tied to the genocide of indigenous peoples in New England. It doesn't sit well with me. Plus Amherst  College is about  should be about moving forward.

 

moose sounds pretty good, i want to be the meese.

 

It is time.

 

This should NOT even be a debate. I sat in Frost Library, while one student (who happens to be Native American) stood up and spoke about being personally offended by the mascot. Why have we allowed the lived experience of even one single student to be up for debate- debate, I must add, that is fueled by the legacy of racist white ancestors. THIS SHOULD NOT BE A POLL; THIS SHOULD NOT BE A DEBATE. THIS SHOULD NOT BE OUR MASCOT. PERIOD.

 

Fucking finally.

 

What are you going to do, rename the whole town?

 

It's racist and to pretend that it is not is a privileged position.

 

I'm not a big fan of the moose.

 

I don't think we can vote on getting rid of the lord Jeff without also being allowed to vote on a replacement mascot. For me at least, I think the lord Jeff needs to go, but not if it's going to be replaced by the moose.

 

I do not think that the moose should be the alternative though! :)

 

About damn time

 

I think a moose would be a great new mascot.

 

How can you remove the Lord Jeff and not remove Amherst. It doesn't make sense because his name was Lord Jeffery Amherst.

 

Moose should be our new one

 

It's past time.

 

It is time to get rid of Lord Jeff.

 

Lord Jeffery Amherst had nothing to do with the founding of the school and it is in poor taste that we carry his affiliation. Through keeping Lord Jeffery Amherst as our unofficial mascot it valorizes an individual who proposed atrocity and gives the impression that the school condones his actions. The removal of Lord Jeff from all things Amherst should happen immediately including the renaming of the Lord Jeffery Inn and taking down of his portraits anywhere but the Mead

 

Read Blaine Patrick '15 article on the issue. Never have I have seen such a clear argument laid out and covers both sides of the issue. Thank you.

 

Need to readdress the replacement options.

 

Today, we are all moose.

 

Lord Jeffrey Amherst has a significant history to the college besides what he has recently become known for. Both the school and town are named after him, so changing the mascot doesn't really help for those offended by it when the school and town are still named after him.

 

It's kinda ridiculous how hard some people have had to work to even get a vote on removing the mascot. I came onto campus and it was constantly talked about from that point forward, so I'm forced to wonder if needs are being ignored by the college. The students here currently matter more than the alumni, but I feel as if only the alumni get the college's attention.

 

Where does the slippery slope end?

 

We should be the Amherst Koalas instead.

 

As long as we don't switch to the moose. A large chunk of the reason people are reluctant to change our mascot is because they do not want to be represented as the AMherst Moose... For a lot of people, the Lord Jeff mascot is simply something they rally behind, not for any historical signficance, but because for years, students have been represented byit in athletic gamees, newspapers, among other things. As we move away from the Lord Jeff, Llets think about a mascot that we, as an Amherst community as a whole can be proud of.

 

MOOSE 4 LYFE

 

If we are to judge Jeffery Amherst by our standards and be rid of him, that necessitates that we do so with other historical figures such as our founding fathers. I am not willing to forsake them.

 

Too much history and tradition; means too much to some teams

 

I am concerned about alumni backlash--as a student on financial aid, alumni contributions are essential to my ability and that of many others to attend Amherst. I don't believe Lord Jeff is a good mascot, but if its removal has serious repercussions for a large percentage of the student body, we may need to consider other courses of action that would also foster the safe environment Amherst should be.

 

LONG LIVE THE KING

 

Is it possible to have a suggestion box for different mascots?

 

Not The Moose.

 

Suggestion: the pioneers (we live in the pioneer valley and are pioneering a new Amherst for future generations)

 

Mascot ideas: the royals (purple is royal color), the Amherst frost, trailblazers

 

As a Native American, I find this mascot highly offensive. When considering coming here, having lord Jeff as a mascot made me second guess that Amherst College was the school for me. Ultimately I made he choice to come here, however I think changing the mascot would avoid this problem entirely for future generations of Native American students.

 

Go Amherst Frost

 

Honestly, I don't give a shit about Lord Jeff. But if you remove him, please DO NOT make our mascot a moose. And I say this as a Canadian. We can choose literally anything, so let's make it something relevant and not lame. A phoenix, for example. Doesn't that fit terras irradient a lot more than some random moose that walked onto campus? I certainly think so. I'll say this right now, if we get a new mascot and it is a moose, I will never EVER donate money to this school because honestly it would just be too fucking embarrassing. (And I chose 'No' as my answer because apparently I have to take a side on this matter to give my input, and choosing no gives me a higher chance of not having a moose as my mascot.)

 

we have created our own persona of being a Lord Jeff and do not personally associate ourselves with the actions taken by Lord Jeffery Amherst over 200 years ago...

 

In light of Amherst Uprising, which has involved the vast majority of the student body, it would be hypocritical for us to continue to use Lord Jeffery Amherst, who is arguably emblematic of the very culture we are trying to change, as our unofficial mascot.

 

Not The Moose or The Purple Squirrels please

 

Yes.

 

I think the Moose should be our new mascot

 

As a school, we should respect a schools history even those which are unpleasant. The mascot serves as a reminder of the colonial past of America and its shameful history. By getting rid of the mascot, I feel that as a college all we are doing is obscuring that past for a more pleasant and noncontroversial one.

 

I don't think the school has the right to remove a mascot that is not and has never been officially recognized by the school. I think the removal can only come from the few athletic teams that still use the Lord Jeff as a mascot, since it is not a currently recognized symbol school-wide.

 

In light of recent events, the Lord Jeff not only should, but MUST be removed as the mascot. We owe it to everyone, especially Native Americans, on this campus to remove him and show respect.

 

No more bigotry. Alums should want that for Amherst, too

 

I support the moose but I support getting rid of the Lord Jeff much more. One step at a time

 

I support the MOOSEscot. lol

 

Please for the love of god do not make the new mascot the moose.

 

We should be the Amherst Wolves or Wolfpack.

 

I didn't think I really cared that much about the issue, and to a large extent I still feel unaffected by who our mascot is – but more important than alumni donations is the idea that a mascot definitionally represents a school and its students. If ours is one that we cannot be proud of, that our peers say makes them feel unwanted and unsafe, that we ourselves have to sweep under the rug whenever we talk about diversity and close community, then it's clear that our mascot can no longer be called a mascot.

 

We should have a yearly effigy burning!

 

But we must provide a better alternative than the moose. The moose is the lamest, least intimidating, most uncool mascot you can have. Students should start to propose alternatives to the moose that actually relate to the traditions and school pride of Amherst College.

 

But not the Moose.

 

Amherst College is associated with Lord Jeffrey Amherst for better or for worse, and the solution to our problems is not to whitewash them and pretend they never existed.

 

Please not the moose.

 

Don't like the Jeff, both as a mascot and a historical figure, but please not a moose

 

Yes because if one person feels emotionally threatened by it I feel like as a member of this community, I need to participate in removing the unofficial mascot.

 

I like moose. I think they're large and intimidating in real life, like our sports teams, and they can be made cute and cuddly as a cartoon mascot, to represent our friendly student body. They're also very majestic animals, which I think is great as a general image of our college.

 

It is not the official mascot, and several teams have decided to change their own team mascot if they want, I think that if teams want to get rid of the mascot for themselves that is fine, but there is no one mascot that will make everyone happy. Also while the Lord Jeffs remains as the unofficial mascot, the moose should not be pretending to be the mascot, after all the moose was killed! Not trying to compare the moose to native Americans, or that Lord Jeffery Amherst was a great guy,  but why would we want a mascot that our school killed?

 

In 2015, it is unacceptable for an institution to have as its public face a man who committed genocide.

 

As an athlete I will admit that I have a certain attachment to being a Jeff. However, I recognize the racist implication of having Lord Jeffery Amherst as our mascot and I strongly support its removal.

 

I vote yes under the condition that students and alumni will have a voice in choosing the new mascot to represent the student body, former students and alums. I also think it is important that athletes have a voice in deciding the mascot, being that they are the ones who are more often represented by the mascot.

 

I am also anti-moose. I would advocate for a complete phasing out of the Lord Jeff.

 

Amherst ought to rid itself entirely of Lord Jeff's legacy of genocide and intolerance.

 

Just affirming this is not a vote for the moose

 

Multiple people have expressed the view that they're worried getting rid of Lord Jeff will affect financial aid and alumni donations. It would be much appreciated and a great comfort of these worries could be addressed or explained. Thank you.

 

If Amherst intends on benefiting from its growing reputation as a diverse campus, it should not have a genocidal colonialist acting as the unofficial mascot of the institution.

 

Please don't let the new mascot be the moose. 

 

Please consider possible mascots as Biddies, Lords, Rex's, and Igneous Rocks.

 

I think that Lord Jeff is our mascot to celebrate the good things he did, not to remember the bad things he did. We could make an argument that the bad things he did were greater than the good things he did. but, one of the good things he did was to create this school. and i think he deserves at least some respect for this. It's actually funny that all that we write in college applications while applying to this college are good things about ourselves. I think if we were to mention our bad sides, most of us wouldn't be here. The college chose to ignore the bad side of us, and embrace the good side of us, pretty much the same thing when Lord Jeff was made the mascot.

 

please make sure our next one is cool

 

suggestion: Amherst Wolves

 

Amherst Royals.

 

I understand that this poll has nothing to do with what the new mascot will be, but I would not like the moose to become the new mascot. I would rather have no mascot than the moose.

 

How can we respect our school with a mascot that makes genocide seem like it is ok?

 

THIS IS A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY

 

Thank you.

 

Go moose!

 

If the Lord Jeff gets removed as our mascot, the school is still called Amherst - Amherst, as in the last name of the same individual whose actions are in question. I don't see the difference between calling ourselves Amherst or the Amherst Lord Jeffs, as both refer to the name of the same individual. Considering the ties that recent graduates and especially older alumni feel to the mascot, I don't see why we would get rid of the Lord Jeff.

 

I think we need to check our priorities and intentions.

 

Athletic teams to use the Jeff to honor or condone the actions of Lord Jeffrey. Rather the Jeff is used to connect Amherst's current athletes with those of previous generations. The real Jeffs are the thousands of students and students athletes who came before us.

 

I would strongly be in favor of changing it to the Black Bears/ Bears or Eagles or Falcons.

 

No moose.

 

Mooooooooooooooooooooooose

 

How can you vote to remove an unofficial mascot? Every alumni that identifies with this from 5 years ago is still going to say jeffs as well. Honestly absurd that people get this upset about the lord jeff. If every time someone said something offensive to me or I to them we were punished, everyone would spend all their time locked in a room in punishment or for fear of speaking their mind.

 

The Lord Jeff team name and mascot do not represent Amherst College and its student body. The mascot is no source of pride or unity, and should be changed to something that can be embraced and celebrated by all students. Change is long overdue, and there is no future benefit to keeping the current mascot.

 

PURPLE DRAGONS