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GVSU Math-Stats Club Celebrates Pi Day

March 14, 2015

GVSU Math-Stats Club Celebrates Pi Day

Pies, potlucks and party poppers were all part of this year’s Pi Day celebrations March 13 and 14 presented by the Mathematics and Statistics Club.

“We celebrate Pi Day to pay tribute to one of the greatest numbers in our universe,” said Danielle Harris, Mathematics and Statistics Club president. “It is found in nature, yet it’s exact digits are still a mystery to us. Having a celebration allows us to get people excited about mathematics.”

To celebrate Pi Day, the group completed their annual Pi Day fundraiser, where students placed money in cups labeled with the names of professors in Mathematics and Statistics. Prof. Darren Parker was the "winner", and he was pied in the face on Friday, March 13 at 4 p.m.

The club’s second event was the Pi Day Potluck on March 14 from 7-9:26 p.m. in Mackinac Hall. The "Pi/e Debate" film was screened, and students and faculty also made pi-themed bracelets, and played Euclid: The Game. At 9:26 p.m., those in attendance celebrated with party poppers and noisemakers during a landmark moment in history.  They also organized into the shape of the letter pi for a picture.

“We’re celebrating on 3/14/15 at 9:26 p.m. because they are the first eight digits of pi (3.1415926),” Harris said.

(Some of this article based on the article at: http://www.gvsu.edu/gvnow/index.htm?articleId=26613171-CBB4-F049-B5CE22ABC2140F74#sthash.O403Z8ls.dpuf)

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