There was a disturbance in the Force at Monday's Senate meeting as the University's six deans sought to bring balance to the bureaucracy, dressing up as iconic characters from Star Wars in support of the United way. They arrived at Senate to the foreboding tune of the Imperial March, but their message was one of peace.
This is the third year that the deans have cosplayed as characters from much-loved fictional worlds, from Oz to the Hundred Acre Wood, adding a galaxy far, far away to their repertoire:
- Paul Stolee, interim Dean of Applied Health Sciences – Obi Wan Kenobi;
- Doug Peers, Dean of Arts as Yoda;
- Pearl Sullivan, Dean of Engineering as Darth Vader (who no doubt would have identified the Death Star's critical design flaw ahead of time);
- Jean Andrey, Dean of Environment as Princess Leia (right at home as a member of the Galactic Senate);
- Stephen Watt, Dean of Mathematics as Luke Skywalker; and
- Bob Lemieux, Dean of Science, as an Imperial Guard (inexplicably wielding a lightsaber instead of the Royal Guard's standard-issue force pike, but I'll allow it).
The deans were dressed this way in support of the United Way campaign and paraded around campus to show their support and encourage campus-wide participation in the campaign. The 2018 campus campaign's goal is $270,000 and the campaign volunteers need help from the campus community to reach that goal. Donations can be made via e-Pledge. Remember, when it comes to donating, Jedi Master Yoda said it best: "do or do not. There is no try."
More photos of the Decanal March will be posted on the Campaign's Facebook album.