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The school's unusual nickname is a reference to the person for which the town of Amherst, Massachusetts is named, Lord Jeffery Amherst who was a commander of British forces during the French and Indian War (or known as the Seven Years War to most Europeans).
Changing of NicknameEdit
At a November 2015 faculty meeting, the faculty voted to have the school remove the nickname amid student protest of the nickname. The action by the faculty was non-binding, however, the trustees of the college are expected to take the recommendation under advisement at their January meeting.
The main source of the controversy is that Lord Amherst was a proponent of giving blankets that were infected with the smallpox virus to Native Americans.
The trustees voted to get rid of the Lord Jeffs nickname as it has became something that has brought members of the campus community apart as opposed to what a mascot is supposed to do, bring all of the members together. Some proponents for change have also asked for the trustees to look at changing the name of the school as well as just changing the nickname will not change the fact that the school is indirectly named after Lord Amherst, as it is named after the town that is named after him.