Amherst Debates Having a Hamster as Their College Mascot, Since It's an Anagram and All

Posted by Stacey Venzel

Hamster spelled backward is... well, all jumbled up you get "Amherst."

Private liberal arts institution Amherst College dropped its mascot a year ago, and a hamster is in the running to replace it.

After anti-racist protests prompted school officials to question the political correctness of the university's symbolic colonial man, Lord Jeffery Amherst, the decision to do away with the centuries-old unofficial mascot was made.

A member of the British Army, Lord Jeffery's association with biological warfare began creating an uproar among the progressive and diverse student body. The British Army official notably approved distribution of smallpox-infested blankets to Native Americans.

The controversy was sparked when a moose ran rampant on the campus in 2015, churning endorsement of the moose as the college's mascot. Soon, the playful rooting turned to human rights, and students made their voices heard.

Amherst was to change their mascot.


Over 2,000 name change ideas were received. In January 2017, a poll narrowed the suggestions down to three: moose, poet, and hamster. A final decision will be made in March after students cast their ballots once more.

Hamsters seem to be getting a lot of support. One alumnus said:

"Hamster and Amherst are anagrams. Arriving at this mixture of seven letters could only come out of a liberal education -- hence only from a school like Amherst."

Another past student voiced agreement of the hamster switch. The graduate said:

"Hamsters are small, but mighty. They are nocturnal, like most undergrads. They are fuzzy and cute, entirely unobjectionable and non-lethal.

Hamsters have never decimated a native population -- and as far as we know, they do not discriminate on the basis of race, class or gender. That said, they can bare their sharp little teeth and inspire fear in the hands of the most powerful. They are tenacious and they never give up... even when they probably should. Hamsters! Hamsters! Hamsters!"

All in favor of the Amherst Fighting Hamsters say yay!

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Amherst Debates Having a Hamster as Their College Mascot, Since It's an Anagram and All