Forbes features senior's invention

October 1, 2018

Spider Pride

Our graduates tend to have an entrepreneurial spirit, and they’re certainly known to find success early in their careers, but what about our current multitasking students? Senior Olivia Pivirotto, ’19, is proving that Spiders can successfully launch a company while still studying for midterms.

Forbes recently featured Pivirotto’s invention, SwigSafe, a 16-ounce tumbler she designed with her mother to combat binge drinking and decrease the number of women who are victims of date rape drugs. Pivirotto, a leadership studies and psychology student, said she noticed a lack of awareness throughout college campuses of how much one is actually consuming. Her design incorporates a secure lid and raised inscriptions that not only help women monitor how much alcohol is poured into their drinks, but prevents drugs from being slipped in as well.

“As a society, we are getting more aware of the dangers of drink-spiking,” Pivirotto said in the article. “It’s a huge problem. With the #MeToo movement and #TimesUp, I’m just really proud that SwigSafe was founded by women for women. I really do believe women should feel empowered with everything they do.”

If she’s accomplished this much before even leaving campus, we can’t wait to see how she succeeds after graduation. Congratulations, Olivia!

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