Finalists chosen to enter the Lion's Den

Idea competition generates campus improvement, business ideas
Dare to enter the Lion's Den sign sits in front of lion shrine.

Penn State Beaver students are about to enter the Lion's Den Nov. 12 in the annual competition that generates ideas for campus improvements and new business ideas.

Credit: Penn State

Penn State Beaver students will enter the Lion’s Den for a competition to pitch their ideas for a campus improvement project.

Sixty-three teams of students submitted their project ideas for a new business or a campus improvement. The finalists have been selected. The campus improvement finalists will make their final pitches to a panel of judges at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 12 in the SUB Lodge.

The business idea finalists will be judged by a separate panel at a different date.

The campus idea finalists are:

  • Free textbooks Library — Eva Pratte and Nicholas Handley
  • Charging stations in Library — Grant Martin and Kelton Docchio
  • Self-defense class on campus — Malaina Patton
  • Step and pull bathroom doors — David Glitsch and Andrew Norton
  • Annual student art competition — Taylor Smith and Dominic Marchionda
  • Clothes exchange fair on campus — Jane Park
  • Jukebox in Bistro — Meghan Parrish and Paige Suhayda
  • Hammocks around campus —Dan Wojtowicz and Brandon Sell
  • Duck pond recreational area — Hanna Mellor
  • Punching bag at the gym — Nikki Chin

The business idea finalists are:

  • Car detailing service in parking lots— Daniel Cestra and Alex Young
  • Broadcasting service for school sports — Rocco Scipione and Jacob Gartley
  • Exercise bike that generates power — Brad Sawhill and Kevin Rice

All students who submitted an idea will receive a T-shirt. They can be picked up during Common Hour on Nov. 8 in SUB 14. Finalists will meet at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 5 in MBB 107. All finalists also will receive a hoodie at the pitch event.