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Local Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter ordered to cease operations pending review

Mary Bradley March 12, 2015 Breaking News, News

The national Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity this week indefinitely suspended Murray State’s chapter from all activities pending a review of its members.

Local and national alumni of the fraternity will conduct a membership review from March 27 to March 29 to determine whether the chapter can return to full operations, according to an email notice from Daniel Sullivan, chapter services director for the national Sigma Phi Epsilon headquarters in Richmond, Va.

“The Fraternity’s Headquarters staff has multiple reports of behaviors that misalign with the values and expectations of Sigma Phi Epsilon involving the Kentucky Epsilon Chapter at Murray State University,” said Sullivan’s email which was sent to Murray State administration and leaders and key alumni of the local fraternity.

“Given the nature of these allegations, the Kentucky Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon is to immediately cease any and all chapter activities,” Sullivan wrote.

The suspension applies to all fraternity programming including, but not limited to, recruitment, ritual, on- and off-campus social events and chapter meetings, according to Sullivan’s email.

 

THE CAUSE

The suspension stems from a series of issues that began last fall, according to a letter emailed to alumni of the local chapter by Murray State’s chapter Alumni and Volunteer Corporation President Aaron Dail.

The letter, which was obtained by The Murray State News, said members of the chapter’s leadership “intentionally deceived the Alumni and Volunteer Corporation and Undergraduate Chapter regarding two joint parties with two other fraternities on campus,” wrote Dail, who serves as CEO and president of the Murray Calloway County Chamber of Commerce.

Several weeks after the parties, members of the local chapter – which includes about 70 members – elected new officers for 2015. The newly-elected leadership investigated the whether past officers purposefully deceived the alumni group about holding the parties. The initial investigation came at the request of the Alumni and Volunteer Corporation. Dail’s letter says some fraternity members were suspended as a result, but he did not say how many were suspended or who they were.

Dail was not available for comment Thursday and did not immediately return phone messages left by The Murray State News.

Faculty adviser for Sigma Phi Epsilon David Wilson said he could not discuss much about the review, but said he doesn’t play much of a role in the review itself. He said his main role is to work with the chapter and the University.

“It is what it is and they’ll go through this process,” Wilson said. “This is the first time I’ve been around something like this with an organization so we’ll have to see where it goes and move on from there.”

However, Dail’s letter says the disciplinary action did not appear to be effective because several of the former Sigma Phi Epsilon officers who were suspended later were removed from a Murray State basketball game for being “belligerently drunk.”

In addition, Dail wrote that some of the undergraduate fraternity members angered by the punishments have defaced the interior of the chapter’s house.

“After reviewing the aforementioned issues, risk management violations, intentional deception and potential for long term harm to the chapter experience we aim to provide, the local AVC felt the current chapter leadership needed out direct help in dealing with these issues and thus decided to escalate the matter until the problems within the membership are resolved,” Dail wrote.

 

UNDER REVIEW

As the chapter goes under review later in March, Dail said each undergraduate member will have two opportunities to discuss his role within the fraternity through a survey and a in-person interview with both local and national alumni.

While no member is required to participate in the review, Dail wrote that not doing so will result in automatic expulsion. The alumni will decide when to lift the suspensions and allow the chapter to resume normal operations.

Dail wrote that the reaction to recent events comes from the commitment to holding brothers of the fraternity to a higher standard, which he said has given the chapter a long run of success. Failure to act could allow more serious behavior problems that could jeopardize the safety of members and guests, Dail wrote.

“The bedrock of our success, our cardinal principals, starts with virtue,” he wrote. “In that light, dishonestly – even on relatively minor matters – is a serious offense and undermines our entire reason for being. It will not be tolerated at any level.”

Story by Mary Bradley, Editor-in-Chief

RESTRICTED SPEECH

Elizabeth Leggett March 12, 2015 News

Every day, Murray State students, faculty and staff exercise their freedom of speech in classrooms, the residential colleges and walking across campus: a right granted to them by the First Amendment of the Constitution.

Every day, these same constituents are in danger of being unconstitutionally silenced and punished by the University for using protected speech, according to a new study by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE.    

FIRE’s 2014 study, published in their “Spotlight on Speech Codes 2015,” found that of the 437 private and public universities and colleges they reviewed for First Amendment violations, 55.2 percent had policies infringing on protected speech, including Murray State.

“That doesn’t surprise me,” said President Bob Davies. “We require, for instance, if someone is going to protest that there is a registration process. FIRE would look at that as censoring. We’re looking at that from the perspective that we need to be aware of what is going on on-campus so that we can, if necessary, be responsible for the safety of our students, faculty and staff.”Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 4.16.57 PM

The University’s policy regarding the use of outside space is only rated by FIRE as a “Yellow Light” policy, however.

In total, the University was reviewed to have three “Yellow Light” polices and two “Red Light” policies, those which “both clearly and substantially restrict freedom of speech.”

However, the University was also reviewed to have two passing “Green Light” polices.

Davies said while FIRE and Murray State agree that universities should provide the best environment for students to speak freely, it is the definition of “best” that has caused tension.

“I think one of the most amazing components of an American university is that we are the marketplace of ideas,” Davies said. “If we impinge on that freedom, on that personal security, we’re not going to advance great ideas; we’re not going to advance new theories to deal with issues that befall us.”

Murray State’s failing “Red Light” ratings are based upon the Murray State Women’s Center Sexual/Peer Harassment policy and the University’s Internet Usage Policy, both of which were found by FIRE to be overly broad in their defining of harassing and inappropriate behavior.

Dana Howard, social media marketing manager, said students’ posts have been removed from Murray State’s social media accounts in the past, but only if they contained offensive language or were slanderous to the University, staff or faculty members.

“We have never deleted negative comments just because they’re negative,” Howard said. “Anyone who wants to censor like that shouldn’t be on social media because that’s the whole point. We have a policy that if you have something you want to complain about, we’re going to be OK with that within bounds.”

Azhar Majeed, director of FIRE’s Individual Rights in Education Program, said their rating system is based purely upon the policies a school has, not how they have been applied in the past or any specific legal cases that have been brought up.

He said “Red Light” policies are still dangerous to the students, faculty and staff members’ rights even if those policies have never been enforced.

“What we see over and over again is that when universities have these types of unconstitutional speech regulations in place, they inevitably will apply them against a student or a faculty member’s speech simply because it’s controversial, it offends somebody or it represents the minority viewpoint on campus on a particular issue,” Majeed said.

Harmon Wilson, senior from Hazel, Ky., said there have been situations in her classes where she has been afraid to openly express her opinion.

“I’ve had science classes where if your argument has any sort of religious tones, it’s automatically wrong and I’ve had liberal arts classes where if you take a more conservative view, you’ll be asked to leave,” she said. “It’s kind of a slap in the face.”

Taylor Jenkins, sophomore from Bowling Green, Ky., said she has never felt as if her speech or writing was limited or censored in her classes or on campus.

“If you say something you believe in, some people may not feel the same way and may get offended,” Jenkins said. “But (free speech) is important. It allows people to learn more if they can express what they think about a topic and can hear others’ opinions without being shut down.”

The number of “Red Light”-rated universities has dropped approximately 25 percent since 2007, most into the “Yellow Light” category, as FIRE has worked with those universities to change the wording of their polices so as not to violate the First Amendment.

Majeed said unfortunately Murray State has not responded to FIRE’s concerns and communications in the past attempting to bring to Murray State’s attention the failings of their policies.

“I do understand students’ level of surprise or perhaps confusion with where this rating comes from,” he said. “But we are talking about public institutions that are taxpayer-funded and fully bound by the First Amendment. So for them, there really is no justification for having these policies that clearly are going after speech that’s protected.”

Story by Ben Manhanke, Chief Videgrapher

Tuition increases continue to mount across Kentucky

Elizabeth Leggett March 12, 2015 News

Murray State Board of Regents approved a 3 percent tuition increase for in-state undergraduate students for the 2015-16 academic year, as well as a 2.5 percent increase for out-of-state undergraduate students.

This increase was the second part of a two-year plan approved by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), which allotted for an 8 percent increase over a two-year period, provided that the University did not increase tuition by more than 5 percent in any year.

The Board of Regents approved an increase of 5 percent last year for the 2014-15 academic year, meaning that this year’s increase reached the maximum amount allotted by the CPE.

The tuition increases are a direct result of lack in state appropriations, said Murray State’s Assistant Vice President of Branding and Marketing Catherine Sivills.Screen Shot 2015-03-11 at 4.15.23 PM

“Since 2007-08, Murray State has experienced an approximate total of $8.8 million in cuts to its operating base appropriated from the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” Sivills said.

During a forum on the proposed tuition increase to the University Feb. 25, President Bob Davies spoke on the same subject.

“The biggest driver of tuition at public universities is state appropriations, time and time again,” Davies said.

According to the CPE comprehensive database, Murray State has averaged a 5 percent increase in tuition and mandatory fees every year since 2002. Murray State averaged a five-year increase of 24 percent and a 10-year increase of 86 percent.

Murray State’s numbers are considerably conservative, coming in at the third lowest increase of all public universities in the state, with Kentucky State University at 72 percent and Kentucky Community and Technical College System at 64 percent.

Eastern Kentucky University averaged the highest 10-year increase at 109 percent and University of Louisville had the second highest at 107 percent.

During both the forum for students on the proposed tuition increase and the Board of Regents meeting in which the increase was voted on, Davies presented information as to just how much the increase will affect students’ pocketbooks in the upcoming semesters.

According to the presentation, an in-state undergraduate student can expect an increase of $108 per semester, counting both tuition and mandatory fees.

“As pointed out to the students, a semester is 16 weeks,” Davies said. “This is $6.75 a week. That’s a venti mocha latte a week.”

CPE does not regulate tuition increases for out-of-state undergraduate students and in-state and out-of-state graduate students.

For these students, the increases projected are a little more expensive. An out-of-state undergraduate student can expect an increase of $300 per semester.

In-state graduate students can expect an increase of  $14 per credit hour, meaning that a student taking 15 credit hours in a semester would experience a $210 increase. Out-of-state graduate students can expect an increase of $40 per credit hour, meaning that a student taking 12 credit hours in a semester would experience a $600 increase.

Regional discounts are being factored in to these increases, but there are no solid numbers yet, Davies said.

Although many states have committed to reinvesting in higher education in recent years, Kentucky was not one of them, Davies said in a previous interview with The Murray State News.  Kentucky lawmakers consider a college education an investment a student makes into their own future, and it is not the state’s job to assist.

Davies strongly disagrees with this stance.

“… it’s beyond that,” he said. “The power of education is not teaching you facts and figures for you to regurgitate: it’s enabling you to have critical thought and to have new ideas and communicate those.”

Story by Zachary Orr, Staff writer

Online evaluations arise as a discussion point

Elizabeth Leggett March 12, 2015 News
Jenny Rohl/The News Jeff Wylie, senior lecturer for the College of Education and Human Services, speaks to students in his class who will later evaluate the course.

Jenny Rohl/The News
Jeff Wylie, senior lecturer for the College of Education and Human Services, speaks to students in his class who will later evaluate the course.

The Student Government Association discussed the possibility of online course evaluations instead of the paper system currently in use in its Feb. 24 meeting.

The possibility is no more than a talking point right now, said Jeanie Morgan, SGA adviser of student activities. This is not the first time this topic has come up.

Discussions of professor evaluations produced controversial outcomes in the past, Morgan said. 

In 1998, former SGA President Todd Earwood gathered data for professors across every department of the university. This document, called The SGA Source, reported average percentages of letter grades professors gave students in each course taught by that professor, Morgan said.

The SGA Source caused controversy on campus, as some professors felt their privacy was violated, she said.

The publication was intended to help students understand how each professor graded and give an indication of their difficulty level, much like modern systems such as RateMyProfessor.com, Morgan said.

Carrie Jerrell, assistant professor of English, said evaluations are important for professors, but especially important for the University as a whole.

“Maybe what would be better is for us to have a larger conversation about what we think evaluations really are for students and teachers,” Jerrell said.

An issue discussed with online evaluations is whether or not students would take the time to complete them.

Joshua Hitz, senior from Staunton, Ill., said the University could do a number of things to encourage students to share their opinions outside of paper surveys.

“I think it would be a good change to move the evaluations online,” Hitz said. “People may be more inclined to fill them out since they are on the internet, but I think students would forget to fill them out without some kind of incentive.”

Jerrell said she takes time to explain to her students how seriously she takes the feedback, but has never given extra motivation for students to fill them out.

Other universities currently utilize the Internet to gather students’ responses. University of Louisville and University of Kentucky use online systems, and each university deals with their own system of rewards for student comments.

According to the university’s website, evaluations at Louisville are only accessible online. The university encourages students to participate by offering the chance to win $250 in credit toward books if completed by a certain date.

University of Kentucky offers both paper and online evaluations. Rebecca Clements, junior at Kentucky, said some professors give students extra credit points for filling out surveys.

“I’ve personally never had a teacher give extra points for filling out evaluations, but I’ve heard of some teachers that do,” Clements said.

Morgan said the current system will likely remain untouched, something professors like Jerrell would not want.

“It’s not that I don’t think students don’t have a right to evaluate their classroom experience and professors,” Jerrell said. “I’m just not sure bubble sheets are the right way to do it.”

Story by Lucy Easley, Staff writer

Combs wins SGA presidency in close 3-way race

Elizabeth Leggett March 12, 2015 News, Slider Featured stories
Credit: Jenny Rohl/The News Caption: Nathan Payne (left) embraces Clint Combs (right) after the election results were announced.

Credit: Jenny Rohl/The News Caption: Nathan Payne (left) embraces Clint Combs (right) after the election results were announced.

Clint Combs is the newly-elected president of the Student Government Association after winning Wednesday with 38 percent of the vote in a close three-way race.

Combs beat out Luke King, who had about 33 percent and Michael Mann, who had about 28 percent of the 1,485 votes cast over two days.

Combs’ running mate Nathan Payne won the vice presidential election with 44 percent of the votes, defeating Chantry Carroll (23 percent), Kendrick Settler (26 percent) and Robert Gomez (7 percent).

“Nathan and I – we campaigned together, and we did the best that we could,” Combs said. “There’s nothing I would’ve changed about that. But I am so grateful to Murray State for believing in us. We’ve got a lot of great ideas for the SGA. It’s been in great hands the past several years and I’m just excited to keep that momentum going forward.”

Rachel Ross, who ran unopposed, was elected the SGA treasurer. Heather Raley claimed 58 percent of the votes for secretary as she defeated Jamie Nuckolls.

The results were announced Wednesday night in Winslow Dining Hall – a popular area for students to gather.

Jeanie Morgan, adviser for SGA, said Winslow typically has between 800 and 1,000 students visit the during the weekly wild wing Wednesday late night hours.

Winslow was a new venue for SGA election announcements. The election results used to be announced in the Quad during All Campus Sing in mid-April, but SGA moved the election up this year.“There’s not enough time to transition,” Morgan said about the earlier election date. “You have to elected a judicial board, senate chairs and we have to have our activities board selected. You can’t get it all done in one week.”

Morgan said all other Kentucky public schools, and now Murray State, hold their student government elections before Spring Break.

Michael Dobbs, SGA president for 2014-15, said the elections this year were a success.

“I think all of the candidates we had we very, very well qualified,” Dobbs said. “I’m not just saying that, I truly believe that.”

FULL RESULTS:

President

Clint Combs

Vice President

Nathan Payne

Secretary

Heather Raley

Treasurer

Rachel Ross

Residential College 

Association President

Paula Jaco

Residential College 

Association Vice 

President

Chris Wright

Senator At-Large

Patrick Hooks

Connor Jaschen

Christian Barnes

Carter Hearne

Dylan Baker

Emily Baker

Jaclyn Whoberry

Jordan Maberry

Business Senators

Mounika Nalluri

Amie Jones

Taylor Futrell

Education and Human 

Services Senator

Tanelle Smith

Humanities and Fine Arts Senators

Chynnique Ross

David Crittendon

Science, Engineering and Technology Senators

Vislias Ankatha

Clayton Sparks

Anh Ngo

Agriculture Senators

Connor Moore

Hunter Easterling

Leah Cline

Nursing and Health 

Professions Senators

Paige Buckner

Becca Spraggs

 

Story by Mary Bradley, Editor-in-Chief

 

SGA investigates cost of online

Elizabeth Leggett March 12, 2015 News
Nicole Ely/The News Students taking online courses use computers across campus to complete class assignments and exams.

Nicole Ely/The News
Students taking online courses use computers across campus to complete class assignments and exams.

More than 70 percent of seniors who participated in the senior survey reported taking at least one online course while at Murray State.

About 470 seniors completed the senior  survey. The survey is conducted annually by the Office of Institutional Research. 

Online classes are something many students are interested in, because of the flexible class schedule, but  students stray away because of the price.

Online courses at Murray State are $388 per hour for undergraduate students compared to traditional classes which cost $308 per hour for undergraduate students who are Kentucky residents.

Michael Dobbs, Student Government Association president, said SGA is actively investigating the prices of online classes.

He said SGA doesn’t have the power to directly change class prices, but it is able to bring students’ concerns to the attention of University officials.

SGA has already formed a small committee of interested members to look over online course costs.

“Depending on the work of the committee and what their findings are, it could be presented to key people in the administration for further information and clarification,” Dobbs said.

He said at that point SGA would discuss any future action they would like to take, depending on the interaction with administration. In coming weeks the committee will meet to review the pricing system at Murray State and compare it to other universities.

Online courses at the University of Louisville are 20 percent more expensive than at Murray State and online courses at Western Kentucky University are 16 percent more expensive.

Clint Combs, SGA senator and creator of the committee, said the comparison will give a better understanding of why administration is set on this pricing.

Haley Wyatt, freshman from Calvert City, Ky., said this price is ridiculous.

“All classes should be the same price, whether online or not,” Wyatt said.

For some majors, students pay for required courses only given online.

Nutrition 230 is a course requirement for the nursing program. Last semester it was only offered to students online.

Heather Raley, senior from Henderson, Ky., said this posed an issue for nursing students who had to pay the extra money to take an online course because no other choices were available to them.

Taylor Davis, senior from Metropolis, Ill., said she chose to pay the higher price to take a course online she didn’t want to sit through in person.

“I decided to take an online class because it was very similar to another required class,” Davis said.

The goal of the committee is not to change the prices of the classes, but to ensure the prices are fair and competitive with what other universities are offering. 

Story by Brittany Risko, Staff writer

Resident discipline in residential colleges lagging

Elizabeth Leggett March 12, 2015 News

Murray State residential college residents say disciplinary action needs to be further enforced to increase respect on the residential side of campus.

Each of the eight residential colleges are composed of hundreds of students. Within the residential colleges, issues resulting from intoxication, roommate incompatibility and irresponsibility create a community of upset residents when dealing with the inappropriate behaviors of others.

For instance, on Feb. 23 the second floor of Hester Residential College was found to have a hole in the wall that was created by an unidentified resident. After Facilities Management filled the hole, the same spot was damaged twice more. No individuals have come forward.

Hester resident Brendon Shepard, freshman from Duquoin, Ill., said there is no way to regulate residents’ behaviors, especially while intoxicated, and that residents need to “grow up.” He said those who break policies don’t care about the consequences regularly enforced by the Housing staff.

“Unless you kick them out, there’s no way to deal with them,” Shepard said. “People who break state laws don’t care about a warning or talking to the (resident director).”

“I’m really going to be mad if I have to pay for that,” Shepard said.

Other Hester residents feel similarly.

“It’s terrible,” said Charley Lattus, junior from Fulton, Ky. “There is a clear lack of control and since there was no punishment now anything goes.”

The punishment for residential college transgressors should fit the crime, said Jessica Newton, sophomore from Paducah, Ky., who also lives in Hester.

“Serious action means serious consequences,” she said.

Residents living within the University’s residential colleges said they believe a lack of respect for others coupled with immaturity are the roots of the disciplinary problems.

The Murray State Student Life Policies, Rules, and Procedures handbook states that the University Judicial Board has the authority to impose consequences such as expulsion, suspension, restitution and probation amongst others on residents who do not follow University rules.

If a student is removed from Murray State housing for disciplinary reasons, the student is responsible for their housing charges without reimbursement.

Despite this, consequences for misconduct often end with a warning rather than further action.

“(I have my staff) call Public Safety a lot, or need to talk to a resident to address an issue, but the actual consequence is minimal, so people don’t take it seriously,” said Vanessa Barrientos, sophomore from Boston and resident adviser in Springer Residential College.

Barrientos suggested a “three-strikes-you’reout” policy: after three offenses involving Public Safety, a resident would be forced to move off campus.

“This gets the message through that there are other people living here and that you have to respect that,” Barrientos said.

Katie Haefner, senior from St. Louis, said she wishes the University took more action when residents break policies.

“When there is a problem it is treated as a slap on the wrist, and so people are willing to break the rules,” Haefner said.

Haefner suggested a financial penalty as a deterrent. It would generate respect for the rules, similar to that of fining for parking violations, she said.

Haefner lives in Hart Residential College, where vandalism on elevators has been common.

“It’s always a game of what you will find in the elevator,” Haefner said.

However, previously this semester, residents played cards at a pop-up card table in fancy attire in the elevator, leaving residents amused in this instance rather the annoyed.

“This is what makes Hart a home, not when boards and decoration are being pulled down,” Haefner said.

Residents of Lee Clark Residential College report few problems within the college, said Jon Little, senior from Cape Girardeau, Mo., a former resident of Lee Clark Residential College who now lives off campus. He said most of the issues have been instances of theft and visitation policy violations.

Patrick Hooks, junior from Owensboro, Ky., said one reason for minimal violations is the community that has been built through the combined effort of Residential College Council members and resident advisers.

Hooks said that the strength of the community has influenced residents to address noise complaints themselves rather than filing a complaint with their resident adviser.

“Building community just happens because the RAs and RDs are friends and can be found in the lobby often just hanging out,” said Little. “That’s how residents see them, so they respond to the rules better.”

Little said he believes the close community also helps with the sense of security within the residential colleges.

“The fact that you know everyone helps with safety,” Little said. “That’s kind of lacking off campus.”

Murray State students seem to be in agreement that they feel safe living on campus.

Catherine Hunt, junior from Cincinnati, said she believes others “breaking rules doesn’t change safety” within Elizabeth Residential College.

Thomas Wang, sophomore international student from Taipei, Taiwan, and resident of Hester is glad to feel safe within his residential college while being so far from home.

Although rowdy residents annoy Wang, he would choose safety over a quiet residential college.

“Of course I choose safety,” Wang said.

 

Story by Abby Siegel, Contributing writer

Math club to celebrate Pi Day with pie

Elizabeth Leggett March 12, 2015 News

The annual Pi Day celebration, organized by the Euclidean Math Club, will kick off Thursday March 12 in the Ross Center on the first floor of Faculty Hall.

Typically, the irrational number is celebrated on March 14, the date matching the first three digits of pi: 3.14.

This year Pi Day falls  on the first Saturday of Spring Break, so the Euclidean Math Club moved the celebration up.

Physicist Larry Shaw organized the first Pi Day celebration at the Exploratorium in San Francisco in 1988.

In 2009 the United States House of Representatives supported the designation of Pi Day.   

The best way to  celebrate Pi Day is up to the individual but most versions include pie– the food and the number.

Participants eat pie, throw pie and discuss the significance of the number pi.

Colleges and museums, like the Museum of Mathematics in New York City, will hold competitions to see who knows the greatest amount of pi’s digits.

Traditionally, Massachusetts Institute of Technology mailed its application decision letters to prospective students for delivery on Pi Day.

However, three years ago they decided to change the announcement date and put their decisions online.

At Murray State, Demi St. John, president of the Euclidean Math Club, organized the day to include a pie-eating contest with snack cakes and the club’s own pi-digit competition.

She said they usually celebrate Pi Day with food and drinks, but they also have games and other entertainment prepared. 

“We have a digit of pi contest to see who knows the most digits of pi,” St. John said. “And a final trivia contest.”

St. John said the contest is traditionally between members of the Honors Student Council and members of the Euclidean Math Club, but this year it will be between students and math professors.

She said the event was advertised for the entire math department, students and faculty, but anyone interested can attend.

Six delicious ways to celebrate Pi Day

Wear a pi T-shirt, get a temporary pi tattoo, or make pi designed jewelry to show off your affection for the irrational figure.

Have a pie-eating contest with your friends! Your stomach and your tastebuds will thank you.

Organize a “pi mile” run out in the warm spring weather, by running 3.14 miles with your friends. This is a great alternative for pi fans who are into exercise.

Have a baking party and make different flavored pies with your friends. The pies don’t all have to be just fruit – meat pies work too!

Compete with your friends to see who can recite the mosts digits of pi. You can up the ante by completing tasks while reciting.

Re-design a board game to honor pi. It’s easy to alter the cards in Cards Against Humanity and trivia games to be more pi-related. Let your creative juices flow! 

Story by Nneka Maduewesi, Contributing writer, and Amanda Grau, News Editor