FREDONIA – A pumped-up music mix booming through the loud speakers and eager minds created the perfect formula to commence Pi Day festivities at SUNY Fredonia.
McEwen Hall room 209 was packed Thursday evening with contestants and supporters of the 14-year-old tradition. This year’s theme was “Pi Perfect” and highlighted the audition scene from the film “Pitch Perfect.”
Eight teams participated with four to six people per group. Participants had to wear a costume of some kind and perform three-minute skits.
Math Department Professor Keary Howard commented on his love for Pi Day.
“Every year it is a different theme,” he said. “Every year this is one of our highlights.”
Howard added this is a way to relax and say hello to spring.
“Some students get bonus points in their classes if they participate,” he said.
Before the games, there was a scavenger hunt where participants had to get a picture of a license plate containing as many digits of pi as possible, get a receipt with a total of as many digits of pi as possible, take a horizontal video of the entire team running, bring a piece of pie, find proof of a non-famous person’s birthday on Pi Day, find a book with a bar code containing as many digits of pi as possible, bring the movie “Pitch Perfect,” take a picture of a room with as many digits of pi as possible and make as many members of their team as possible perform the song “Cups” from the movie “Pitch Perfect.”
The teams of Numerators and The Denominators scored the highest on the scavenger hunt contest.
Graduate students Sara Maiorana, Kristen Joseph, Suzanne Constantinou, Elizabeth Schake and Shannon Tydings were the masterminds behind this year’s Pi Day at SUNY Fredonia. They chose the theme, games and entertainment.
“One of the perks of being a graduate student is you get to decide what happens on Pi Day,” Howard said. “Most of them have participated themselves for four years.”
Schake shouted out the rules to the games.
“Please have some kind of costume, skits have to be math-related and it has to be awesome,” she said. “Make it fun to watch for all of us.”
There were three judges; Dr. Nancy Boyton, Dr. Joseph Straight and Dr. Jamar Pickreign.
The Denominators, comprised of Sarah Chamberlain, Molly Kalasinski, Joe Grieco, Brittany O’Brien and Morgan Glanowski acted out a skit on trying to solve pi.
The Numerators, comprised of Greg Haase, Travis Mirabella, Brett Martin, Emily Tronolone, Dylan Leither and Emily Prenatt performed a rap routine about math which helped earn them a victory in the event.
InterGurlz, comprised of Collene Sikora, Rachel Schank, Amber Hemphill and Sarah Mannion performed a math parody of ABBA’s “Dancing Queen.”
Natural Logs, comprised of Sykhere Brown, Chris Cooper, Iman Abdul and Konner Lieberman performed a ballad to pi.
ISO, comprised of Juhun Seo, Ji Hye Hyun, Hyun Soo Lim, Seongjin An, Junhyung Oh and Jacon Yim performed an original song about math.
The Smarties, comprised of Sam McCagg, Halee Dickinson, Dan Luong, Mike Stickney and Jose Rosario also performed an original song about math.
Crystal Math, comprised of Dan Branhorst, Drew Smith, Dave Waterland and Brenton Sandolfini performed another original song about math.
The top three teams received a Pi Perfect T-shirt. Earning third place was InterGurlz; second place, ISO; and first place, The Numerators.
As the winners, The Numerators were able to take the Pi Cup for one day before handing it back to the college for next year. Their names will be permanently printed on the cup.
Schake said she loved being one of the leaders of this year’s Pi Day.
“It is an honor to be a graduate (student) in the math department,” she said. “This was a lot of fun and I loved it.”