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March 14, 2019

Welcome Pi(e) Day

March 14 is the famous Pi Day, as in the mathematical constant 3.1415926535. This day is often recognized in elementary schools by enjoying some math related fun, food and games. If math isn’t your thing don’t worry! There are plenty of ways to enjoy this fun day and have an excuse to eat a little more sugar than normal.

Pi is a mathematical constant, which represents the ratio of a circle’s circumference. The visual representation of Pi is π, which is a letter in the Greek alphabet, and it’s decimal number is infinite but often rounded to 3.14. This common rounded version of π is the reason March 14 (3-14) is marked as Pi day. This numerical approximation was even calculated in ancient times; around 250 B.C. the Greeks, Egyptians and Babylonians had all created some numerical form of Pi. Due to Pi being an irrational number, there is no way to make it into a common fraction, so it is only represented by an infinite decimal number. In modern times Pi has been calculated to the trillionth digit, thanks to mathematics and computer sciences. The use of this decimal number is relevant in mathematical equations, including the area of a circle. Pi is also in many areas of geometry, trigonometry and physics. On March 14, this mathematical constant is remembered and talked about in many places.

One key way that π day is celebrated is through the eating, making and general enjoyment of a dessert known by the same name: pie. This delicious sweet treat comes in many flavors and is one of America’s classics. There are fruit, pudding and savory pies, all of which can be enjoyed on the fourteenth day of the third month (3-14) of every year.

For Geneva College every Sunday is pie day. Without fail the staff at Geneva College's Dining Hall (Alex's) and Pioneer Catering always provide pie for a special Sunday treat. Based on a survey of current Geneva student, their top three favorite pies served at Alex’s are Pudding, Pecan and Apple. These delicious treats are not the only popular pie flavors, but they are also gone in the blink of an eye, so make sure your first stop during Sunday lunches is the pie

There are other types of desserts available in Alex’s, too. Based on the same survey of Geneva students, the top three favorite desserts are Honeybun cake, a yellow cake with a sweet honey center and sugary glaze; Dirt, vanilla pudding with Oreo’s mixed in that takes you back to elementary school; and Mississippi Mud cake, which is a dense chocolate cake with chocolate chips dark and rich chocolate icing. These are three of the favored dessert options that are offered in Alex’s each week. There are also eight flavors of Perry’s ice cream that can be add to any meal at breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Students also shared their most unique dessert tricks. These included milkshakes of all flavors, brownie Sundays, ice cream sandwiches and waffles topped with one or more of the following toppings: ice cream, peanut butter, whipped cream, apple butter, cream cheese, and chocolate.

Whether it is pi day or just a regular day in the life of a college student, there is clearly no shortage of sugary delights for Geneva students. For more information or to plan a visit to Geneva College go to https://www.geneva.edu/.

-Jessica ‘20