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Joordens named prof-in-a-box; event raises $500 for UNICEF

Psychology professor Steve Joordens is this year’s winner of the third annual Prof-in-a-box event, a fundraising event which raised $500 for UNICEF.

Looking rather boxy, Joordens added some life and colour to one of the lecture halls in the Academic Resource Centre yesterday morning, where he delivered his psychology lecture from within a life-sized, bright orange UNICEF box.

Seven professors were competing to raise the most funds for UNICEF during the event, with the vote closing on Friday. Professors Albert Berry, Chris Bovaird, Adrian Butscher, Kirsty E. Duncan, Steve Joordens, Karen McCrindle, and Judith Teichman were all vying last week to get the most votes from students, faculty and staff.

In order to vote, people had to make a donation to one of the competitor’s boxes last week at the Meeting Place. Joordens raised the winning amount of $187.38. A good sport, he added to yesterday’s spectacle by playing guitar and singing some verses from a Beatles song for his class, as well as demonstrating a few dance moves from inside his boxy orange outfit.

The event brings laughs, embarrassment, and awareness of UNICEF – as well as funds for a good cause -- to the campus. All money goes to UNICEF, with this year's proceeds going to projects in Malawi, Africa.  

Joordens observed, “You must quickly get over feeling like you look really silly... it’s always hard to figure out where to put the microphone on that box, and you’re forced to keep your arms out the whole class, which is actually a good exercise for the shoulders.”          

According to student Bo See Fok, president of the UNICEF club on campus, future club events include Peace Week, and the School and Youths Program, an initiative in which volunteer students at U of T Scarborough visit and talk at elementary schools in Scarborough about UNICEF's work.

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