A spooky Pine Grove

Entrepreneurial class creates haunted trail

By on November 5, 2014

Screams and scares filled the student-run Haunted Trail in the Pine Grove last Wednesday, Oct. 29.

A group of 25 students created the Haunted Trail event as part of an assignment for their Entrepreneurial Creativity class. Students in the ENT310 course are required to make their own profitable business during the semester, according to Professor David Tomczyk.

“Five times throughout the class they all have to come up with business ideas and try to run them,” Tomczyk said. “The class itself is based around the idea that people need to rediscover that childlike wonder of learning.”

The students who make the most profit from running their business receives a letter grade boost in the class. Tomczyk said this is the first semester he gave students the option to work together on the same business idea.

“As a whole class they’re trying to get the bonus which is incredible,” he said. “I was a little bit concerned up front … but they took the idea and ran with it.”

Junior Julia Salvia helped spearhead the event along with the rest of her classmates. Salvia owns and runs her own business called Beauty by Julia where she does makeup, nails, tutorials and more. She said she initially had the idea of a haunted trail or haunted house when the assignment was given.

“I actually wanted to do something that had to do with Halloween [before we came up with this] because it’s so big for makeup, but I was like, ‘I can’t do this by myself,’” Salvia said.

Salvia worked with the setup of the trail and the makeup and costumes for the scarers. The trail went through the depths of the Pine Grove where there are no lights or pathways.

While some students were dressed as clowns and zombies, others wore masks and revved chainsaws as attendees walked the Haunted Trail.

Freshman John Caporuscio said the Haunted Trail exceeded his expectations.

“The bar was set in the middle but it was a lot higher than I thought it would be,” Caporuscio said. “There was a really good atmosphere going through the woods–I liked it a lot.”

Sophomore Chris McDougall said the event was okay.

“The thought was there,” McDougal said. “It was okay, but pretty good for what it was.”

At the end of the Haunted Trail, students set up a table with pizza, coffee and cupcakes. Caporuscio said the food at the end of the trail was a nice touch.

“Definitely [a good event to lead up to halloween],” he said.

Admission to the Haunted Trail was $3 and food was anywhere between $1- $2. In total the event brought in $495, all of which went to Unicef.

Tomczyk said each student in the class donated $10 to give them a budget of $250 for the event.

“They all gave $10 willingly towards it which was impressive. I’ve never seen that happen before,” Tomczyk said. “I’d like to think that this is an indication of what all the students here at QU can do.”

Salvia said it was great to have everyone come together as a class for the Haunted Trail event.

“Everyone got into character–it was so much fun,” she said. “I never thought I would have so much fun in something I was doing for a class.”

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