Press Release

March 15, 2006

** Cowley’s Pi Day raises $276**

As part of national Pi Day, Cowley College’s Mu Alpha Sigma Chi raised $276.69 during its annual Pi Day on Tuesday.

Cathy Hendricks, an instructor in Cowley’s social science department, and Ben Schears, Cowley’s admissions coordinator, received a pie in the face as they had the most points in the voting that was conducted March 6-10. The pieing took place at Cowley’s Calder Bonfy Amphitheatre.

Voting was done by placing coins in contestant’s jars. The coins counted as positive votes, with pennies counting as one point, nickels as five points, dimes as 10 points, and quarters as 25 points. All paper cash was worth the face value in negative points.

Hendricks finished as the champion with a positive 16,563 points, while Schears was second with a positive 275 points.

Other Cowley instructors involved in the voting were Frank Arnold (49 points), Lois Sampson (26 points), Scott Layton (negative 244 points), and Greg Nichols (negative 490 points).

In mathematics, Pi serves as the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi is a transcendental number, meaning it will repeat indefinitely without ever appearing exactly the same; however, Pi is usually calculated to 3 digits, 3.14. Therefore, Pi day is celebrated on March 14.