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Pie Your Professor whips up cash to cream cancer

Alpha Phi Omega's annual College Coffee fundraiser for the American Cancer Society gives students stress relief with the approach of final exams.

Assistant Professor Jeffrey Carpenter in the School of Education (in red) was a favorite target at College Coffee's "Pie Your Professor."

They say revenge can be sweet. Indeed, that was one way to describe the payback several professors and staff members received at College Coffee on Tuesday from students who have labored under their assignments for the past year.

The Alpha Phi Omega national co-educational service fraternity on May 7 hosted its annual “Pie Your Professor” fundraising event to benefit the American Cancer Society.

For $2, you could thrust a foam plate ladened with whipped cream into the face of any one of eight professors, one staff member, or even Elon senior Ali Miller, the fraternity chapter’s president. For $5, you received three plates.

The event collected $135 for the national nonprofit dedicated to cancer research, prevention and awareness and patient support.

Alpha Phi Omega collected $135 through the annual fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society. Steve Mencarini, director of the Center for Leadership, was one staff volunteer who took pies to the face in the name of charity.

“It’s always a successful fundraiser and a lot of fun for everyone,” said sophomore Pamela Gutermuth, a political science and religious studies double major from Weston, Fla. “The professors love it!”

A few professors even goaded the crowd into taking part. “You’ve got nothing! You just keep walking!” Assistant Professor Aaron Peeks in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology shouted to one of his passing students. “Your project wasn’t that great! I’ve seen a lot better!”

Not everyone took the bait and several students needed no encouragement.

“I’ve got this research paper due, and she just needed a pie,” freshman Jake Battersby, a management major from Holliston, Mass., said moments after pushing a plate of whipped cream into the face of Victoria Shropshire, an instructor in the Department of English. “And I’m always happy to support groups here at Elon.”

Assistant Professor Vickie Moore from the Department of Chemistry took part in Alpha Phi Omega's May 7 "Pie Your Professor" fundraising event to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Greg Zitelli, a political science major from Madison, N.J., works in the Center for Leadership and donated to the cause for the chance to pie center director Steven Mencarini.

“I thought it would be a good way to start his day,” Zitelli said. “And it’s fun! You just don’t often get the opportunity to rub whipped cream in your boss’s face.”

Eric Townsend,
5/7/2013 11:45 AM