Letter to the Editor: Moose College?

November 4, 2015 by Bill Loomis

To the Editor:

I read in The New York Times on Sunday that Amherst is considering changing its mascot from the Lord Jeffs to a moose. This is reportedly because Lord Jeffrey Amherst gave infected blankets to Native Americans in the 18th century.

I have suggested to the newspaper that this does not go far enough and that Amherst should be renamed as Moose College.

Obviously, a moose might be more of a challenge to a purple cow than have been the Lord Jeffs over the last century of sports competitions. I still retain confidence in our prospects on the fields.

Bill Loomis ’71

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