The rejection of the Lord Jeff mascot comes at a time where schools are reconsidering the legacy of the costumed students representing their athletic teams. Back in November, students at UNLV protested their mascot, Hey Reb, who they argued evoked Confederate imagery. And many U.S. colleges and universities still have racist or offensive mascots and nicknames.


"Times change, people change, standards change—this is inevitable," Murphy wrote. "That the discussion of the mascot has been passionate was inevitable too."

Michael Rosen is a reporter for Fusion based out of Oakland.