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Lakehead professors take pies in the face for a good cause

‘Pie a Prof’ event raised funds for the Lakehead University Food Resource Centre and Enactus Lakehead.
Kinesiology professor Paolo Sanzo was on the receiving end of a pie to the face during Wednesday's 'Pie a Prof' event at Lakehead University.

THUNDER BAY – Lakehead University students got to take out some of the stress that comes with gearing up for exams on Wednesday.

They threw pies in the face of professors and faculty members during the ‘Pie a Prof’ charity event in the school’s Agora.

“I was bracing myself to get hit in the face, but I got (whipped cream) in the ears and other places that I wasn’t expecting, so that was a bit surprising,” said kinesiology professor Paolo Sanzo.

“It has been a lot of fun though and it’s for a good cause.”

Fourth-year business student Gillian Sgambelluri took the opportunity to throw a pie into the face of her uncle Frank.

“It was much better than just going to visit him at his office,” Sgambelluri said with a laugh.

Brandon Rehfuhs, who is also a fourth-year business student and the president of Enactus Lakehead, said the goal of the event was to help get people’s minds off of everything that they are dealing with at the end of the school year.

“Jokingly, it’s a bit of a fun way for the students to retaliate if they feel like they’ve been getting a bunch of homework,” Rehfuhs said. “There were a few students who had a bit more energy towards their throws for sure.

“There were a lot of professors that were willing to take part in this as well. We did some Instagram polls to see who students wanted to have on the block and we also had professors volunteer.”

The funds from Wednesday’s events were split between the Lakehead University Food Resource Centre, which helps students facing food insecurity, and Enactus Lakehead, part of a global network of entrepreneurial students who are looking to help out in various needs throughout the community.

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