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Edited by Bruce Newman
November 13, 1978
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November 13, 1978


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Little did the player know that as he spoke, Yancey Sutton, a sophomore linebacker for Florida who has been deaf since childhood, was reading his lips. What Sutton read was, "Fake punt, run left." He raced over to Florida Linebacker James Harrell and Defensive Back Warren Gaffney and warned them, "Run left! Run left!"

The Tech back running left was nailed in his tracks by Gaffney, who was waiting for him behind the line of scrimmage.

The Gators took over and drove to the Yellow Jackets' two, but failed to score and wound up on the short end of a 17-13 score—losing one for the Upper, you might say.


Of the 100,000 species of butterflies in the world, only a few migrate. One of these, the monarch, flutters southward to Mexico City by the millions in late September, its orange, brown and black wings forming a cloudlike effulgence in the sky. This year, 76 monarchs whose life cycle was being studied in a biology class at the University of Delaware did not get their wings until the end of October. By then the temperature was dipping below 50�, which is the point at which the monarch's wings cease to function. Dr. Robert Stegner, whose class was responsible for the butterflies' late departure, posted an appeal for a ride South for the monarchs. Even for a college ride board, the request must have seemed a bit bizarre: 76 BUTTERFLIES; BIOLOGY MAJORS; GOING TO FORT LAUDERDALE UNTIL WEATHER SHAPES UP; WILL PAY FOR GAS.

No ride was forthcoming, but when Stegner heard that the football team was headed for Charleston, S.C. for a game with The Citadel, he got the monarchs on board the Fightin' Blue Hens' charter flight. In Charleston, the monarchs went for the sky, and the Fightin' Blue Hens went for the skillet, losing 21-14.


There is a hint of trouble in the crisp air of Lake Placid, N.Y., where a lot of construction and paper shuffling is going on in preparation for the 1980 Winter Olympics. Ski Racing magazine reports that the projected budget for the Lake Placid Games has gone from $80 million to $150 million and will almost certainly go higher, and that the Federal Government, whose stake in the event is already in excess of $50 million, will be called upon to kick in more money. The Economic Development Administration, which audits Lake Placid spending, has said there is a need for an additional $14 million to complete construction already under way, and Lake Placid officials have asked the government for the money.

Meanwhile, the EDA has confirmed that it is investigating "apparent irregularities" in the awarding of construction contracts as well as indications of nepotism, overstaffing and expense-account padding. Lake Placid officials privately concede that they may have done some overhiring, but they otherwise defend practices that the EDA calls questionable. To that end, the Lake Placid Olympic Committee called a press conference last week to state publicly that it is acting in good faith.

Typical of the LPOC response to the EDA revelations is the fact that some committee officials have ignored recommendations that they fly economy-class, unless traveling first-class is "absolutely necessary." One Lake Placid source argues, "If our president is traveling with the president of the United States Olympic Committee and the American IOC member, and they fly first-class, is he going to separate himself from them?"

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