Menzie wins first annual Think Tank competition

By Jared Huhta

Student senate announced the winner of their Think Tank competition in a special event Nov. 13 in the Huntington Union Building. Junior Brian Menzie, with his idea to repaint the all-night study room in the Richlyn Library, won the competition.

Think Tank was a chance for students to submit an idea to improve the university. Winners are given up to $700 to implement it.

Other participants included sophomore Amanda Heningfield and senior Jordan VanEngen who wanted board games in the residence hall lounges and Mallorie Oetman who wanted paddleboats for Lake Sno-tip.

“I’m really excited about it,” Menzie said. “It’ll be really cool to do on campus.”

The owners of Antiqology, a local antique and soda shop, conducted a soda-tasting competition and gave out free bottles of root beer at the event.

Menzie said the first step will be meeting with maintenance and senate members.

“One of the first things I want to do is bring together a small team, so I’m not the only one coming up with these ideas,” he said.

They will begin work on the study lounge Jan. 2014.

“In J-term, we’re planning on getting the ball rolling,” he said. “My plan is to get the walls painted and put in some new study areas maybe with bar stools. I definitely want to hook up a computer to that printer. If you’re there late, you can actually print off your paper.”

In order for students to enter an idea, they had to explain how their idea will benefit the university community, show how they will implement their idea on campus and follow university policy.

Brian Menzie (photo provided)

Brian Menzie (photo provided)

 

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