Students to celebrate Pi Day

Pies, potlucks and party poppers will all be a 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 will facilitate their annual Pi Day fundraiser during which students can place money in cups labeled with the names of professors and graduating seniors in Mathematics and Statistics, as well as students in the Biostatistics graduate program. The students and faculty with the most money in their cups will get pied in the face on Friday, March 13 at 4 p.m. on the second floor of Mackinac Hall. The cups will be located in the offices of both the Mathematics and Statistics departments.

The club’s second event will be a Pi Day Potluck on March 14 from 7-9:26 p.m. in Mackinac Hall, room A-2-105. Food will be provided and a pi-related film will be screened. At 9:26 p.m., those in attendance will celebrate with party poppers and noisemakers during a landmark moment in history.

“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.

All events celebrating Pi Day are free and open to the campus community and general public.

The Mathematics and Statistics Club offers a variety of activities and events every academic year for any students interested in mathematics and statistics, such as screening math-related movies, an annual fall picnic, career and advising events, math and statistics software workshops and social gatherings.

For more information regarding this year’s Pi Day events, contact Harris at [email protected].


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