Students donate money in attempt to torture teachers

By Liz Garrett
April 3, 2008

Teacher torture, a week-long event new to Cabrini’s campus, is scheduled to begin during the week of April 12.

Intending to raise money for the senior class gift, teacher torture consists of students donating money in hopes that their favorite teacher will be seen doing an amusing activity. The teacher who ends up with the highest donation has the honor of performing his or her torture.

Teaching class while wearing pajamas, getting a face full of pie and entertaining the cafeteria with karaoke are some examples of the tortures that the senior class has designed specifically for that week.

“One of the tortures will be seeing a professor that is known for never cancelling class having to do so,” Trish Sheehan, English and communication major, said.

Sheehan is only one of the Senior Class Gift Board members involved in making teacher torture week successful. Yadi Toledo, Alyssa Soto and Jolaine Gero are seniors who have also been planning these events.

Since this is the first year the seniors have tried teacher torture, they began by e-mailing about 12 to 14 different professors to see if they were willing to participate. There will be 12 jars, one for each professor, for students to donate quarters in order for their preferred professor to win.

“Teacher torture is like penny wars but with a twist. You choose a teacher who has a special activity you’d like to be seen done on campus and vote for them with your change,” Jolaine Gero, marketing major, said.

Dr. David Dunbar, biology professor at Cabrini, has agreed to wear his pajamas to his classes on whatever day he is expected to, according to the Senior Class Gift Board Members.

The faculty and staff have expressed interest in this event which has been helpful to the students organizing all of the tortures.

Teacher torture week was created for the senior class’s funding of an entire kitchen meant for the Habitat for Humanity house, located in Norristown, that Cabrini is involved with building.

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