Professors to take pies in face for charity

Monta Reinfelde

Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honorary society at WKU is organizing the first annual “Pi(e) a Prof” event.

It will occur on Wed., March 14, which is Pi Day, in the green space behind College High Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to raise money for charity.

Within the “Pi(e) a Prof” event, students will have a rare opportunity to throw a paper plate of whipped cream in a volunteering professor’s face for $1.

Melanie Autin, an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, as well as the organizer of this event, said that a majority of mathematics professors have currently volunteered.

However, several professors from the departments of biology, religious studies, history and social work signed up as well.

The event is opened up to every faculty member on campus via campus-wide email. Participants can apply to volunteer in shifts at the most convenient times between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

“How often do students get the chance to throw a pie in a professor’s face?” Autin said. “I really think it’s important that students and faculty alike feel a sense of community at WKU. This is just one way of helping to foster that feeling.”

All proceeds from this event will be going to Barren River Imaginative Museum for Science (BRIMS). BRIMS used to be a place in Bowling Green for kids to study science, but it was forced to close because of lack of funding.

“When I heard recently that people in the community were pitching in to help them reopen, I thought it would be a great cause for Pi Mu Epsilon to support,” said Leslie Plumlee, Coordinator of the Mathematics Testing Center and an Instructor in the Math Department. “BRIMS is a great asset to the Bowling Green community, and they could really use the money.”

As professors sign up, Pi Mu Epsilon is updating the schedule of participants on, so students can chose the most desirable targets to Pi(e) and know what time to show up on March 14 to do so.

In case of rain, “Pi(e) a Prof” event will occur at the same time and day, but the location will change to the breezeway in front of Thompson College Central Wing.

Peter Hamburger, the Head of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, said that he unfortunately will be out of town the day of the event but wants to participate. Therefore, students wanting to Pi(e) him will have to do it at a different time.

“If anyone wants to pay $10,” Hamburger said via email, “they can come to my office, College High Hall 4124, on Wed., March 21 from 9 to 10 a.m. and Pi(e) me.”