Math, Teachers and Pies = Pi Day

By Felicia Melvin
March 16, 2010

Pi day is celebrated all over the world on 3.14 by math fanatics everywhere, including Cabrini’s math club for the third year.

“This is the third year we have celebrated Pi day here at Cabrini,” Dr. John Brown, chair of the math department, said. “It started because of a math club member three years ago, who had a brother involved in the Special Olympics. We wanted to help raise money.”

The founder of Pi day is Larry Shaw, a now-retired physicist at the Exploratorium. On March 12, 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives recognized Pi day.

“12  faculty and staff volunteered to participate. We made baskets for students to select who they wanted to see get pied. Out of the twelve, the top six were pied but the lower six weren’t.” Francesca Pizzigoni, president of the math club, said.

Pi day, which was celebrate on March 15 since 3.14 fell on a Sunday this year, gave faculty and staff a reason to pie one another in front of an audience in Jazzman’s Café.

The faculty and staff who particpated included Dr. Scott Testa, Dr. David Dunbar, Richard Gebauer, Dr. John Brown, Nicole Shovlin, Carol H. Serotta and Cathy Yungmann.

“It was a nice way to see students and teachers interact outside of a classroom, while having a good time,” Tiziana Novruzaj, sophomore biology major, said.

When asked about getting pied in front of a crowd, Brown said “I’m used to it.”

Another fun fact about Pi day is that it is also the birthday of Albert Einstein.

“Look forward to it next year on March 14!” Pizzigoni said.

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