Professor Pied for Hurricane Relief
By Amanda Hickey
Though UNCP had a campus-wide fundraiser for Hurricane Katrina Relief, the Honors College took fundraising one step further. Students donated money to jars, and each jar had a professor’s face on it. The professor whose jar collected the most money was pied at the Harmony Walk on Sept. 21.
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Harmony Walk 2005
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Art Department Chair Janette Hopper received this honor. Hopper’s jar raised $25.44, beating out Dr. Anita Guynn, Dr. Tim Ritter, Mike DeCinti, James Robinson, George Harrison, Sherry Harrelson, Dr. Richard Gay, Steve Robinson and Dr. Joe Miller.
“They put my face on a jar, and people put the most money in my jar,” Hopper said.
The idea for this fundraiser came from “sadistic students,” sophomore Honors College student Stephanie Baker said with a laugh.
“[We] thought it was something students would want to see and it would draw interest,” Baker continued.
And interest it gained. The Honors College raised $110 to give to the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Relief, according to Baker.
At 3:30 p.m., as the Harmony Walk came to a halt in front of the University Center, Justyn Baker wound up and pied Hopper.
The whipped cream pie covered the bottom of her face and little of the safety goggles, and laughs could be heard throughout the U.C. lawn.
“I requested Lemon Meringue,” laughed Hopper. “I was going to eat it for a snack, but now I’m going to have to get my own,” Hopper continued.
Though Hopper was worried that her nose would be broken, all turned out well.
“I think it’s great that the honors college thought of this. It’s never happened to me before, so it [was] a new experience,” Hopper said.