Mathematician Lew Lefton joined the faculty of Georgia Tech in 1999 and is now Director of Information Technology for the School of Mathematics and the College of Sciences. Lefton’s research interests are in scientific computing and applied mathematics. But he has a sideline as an improvisational comic. His business card explains it: “Lew Lefton, Mathematician/Stand Up Comic, “He’s funny and he can prove it.”
This blog entry reflects both his expertises. Many folks today received an email from Lefton with a link to an official-looking Tech survey on finding an alternative to the mascot Buzz. I already saw on Facebook where folks are taking the survey seriously despite the fact the calendar says April 1. (Click on the survey link to respond to the survey.)
In the spirit of the day, here it is. And to be clear — as newspapers have a bad record with parody pieces being taken seriously by readers — this is a joke.
From Lew Lefton
The Ramblin’ Wreck is the official mascot of Georgia Tech. However for the past four decades, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have also been using Buzz as an additional mascot. In recent months several serious concerns have been raised about this choice. In particular…
In order to address these concerns and make sure the Institute is not exposed to unnecessary risk, a Campus Mascot Task Force led by Dr. Loof Lirpa was convened to explore other possible mascots.
Please complete the following one page survey to provide your feedback. If you have any questions, you may also submit feedback through email.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog