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PostPosted: 12 Dec 2010, 21:52 
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Freshmen Student Starts Donut Business

Story by Kareem “The Dream” Taylor

For decades, college students across the country have weathered the storm of having little to no money, but still prevailing and finding creative ways to generate a stream of income. Down on luck and struck for cash, Clark Atlanta University freshmen student Earl Griffin, Jr, known affectionately as EJ, did just that and created his own Donut business. We got a chance to sit down with EJ and here’s what he had to say about his new and popular donut business.

What’s the name of your business?
As of now it’s just EJ’s Donuts until I can come up with something more catchy.

What made you start this business?
Honestly , I realized there are alot of things to need to pay for (school wise) and I hate asking my parents for money. I’m trying to be more independent and put a little more money in my pocket at the same time.

Why not Krispy Kremes?
[laughs] Well mine are cheaper, they taste good and they fit the college budget better.

What kind of donuts do you sell?
Regular, glazed, brown sugar and cinnamon glazed.

Do you deliver?
Oh yes, [because] my business is mostly for people of the Atlanta University Center. I decided that it’ll be no problem to deliver and if i don’t do it personally, which i usually will, I’ll have a friend do it for me.

Do you see a future with this business?
I just see it going on during my school years. I also see it helping me with my business skills. I plan on running a small business one day, nothing too major though.

EJ also offers donut holes as samples if customers want to try before they buy.

The prices are as follows:
1 Donut – $0.25
2 Donuts – $0.50
3 Donuts – $1.00
4 Donuts – $1.50
3 Donuts and 3 Donut Holes – $1.25
$0.25 for every 3 Donut Holes
12 Donuts – $3.00

EJ is located on the campus of Clark Atlanta University. To place an order, EJ can be reached at (706) 977-0464, email and his Facebook page.

Chloride and Sodium: Two terribly dangerous substances that taste great together!

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PostPosted: 12 Dec 2010, 21:53 
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It was Thursday afternoon and the snow was blowing near Exit 54 on the Thruway. Tractor-trailers sat in a line, not moving, as far as the eye could see. Things were not much better a half-block from the Thruway overpass, at the intersection of Harlem and Center roads.

Cars spun tires on the slick road. Vehicles got stuck in the quicksandlike snowpack at the intersection in West Seneca. Pickup trucks with rear-wheel drive were as helpless as newborn bunnies on the icy road. There was no plow in sight.

A line of cars stretched nearly motionless in either direction along Center Road. Had it not been for the five of them, it would have been worse.

Their hair, jackets and jeans were wet from the snow splattered by spinning tires. They had been out there for two hours when I saw them. They were still there an hour later, when I left.

“We’re just here to help out,” said Zack Macwhirter, 14. “It’s fun.”

Every time a vehicle got stuck, Macwhirter and his friends—Wally Macker, Brandon Berlinski, Brittni Berlinski and Yazzmine Ramirez— ran over, got behind it, and pushed.

The youngest of them is 13. The oldest is 15. It was a snow day for West Seneca schools. They could have been out sledding. They could have been at home watching TV and drinking hot chocolate. Instead, the neighborhood kids were out in the blowing cold, pushing vehicles out of snowbanks.

Imagine that. That is not all they did. The two girls, Brittni and Yazzmine, got snacks and candy bars from home and a nearby mini-mart and stuffed them into bags. Time after time, they climbed up the slippery hill next to the Thruway overpass. They slipped through the cyclone fence, stepped over the guardrail and walked along the line of stranded vehicles near Exit 54. They handed out food to motorists who had been there for more than 14 hours.

“We knew they were stuck up there,” Yazzmine told me. “We wanted to help.”

It is not easy being a teenager. Puberty hits like a bomb. There are temptations and new experiences to try or to avoid. Drugs. Drinking. Sex. These kids have to perform in class while navigating the social jungle of high school. The media bombard them with sex-drenched messages and unrealistic body images.

As a teen, you try to be yourself but, at the same time, fit in with everyone else. I don’t know about you, but I would not want to go through it again.

So it is no surprise that a lot of what we hear about teenagers is not good. Drinking parties. Fights. Car accidents. Unwanted pregnancies. More times than I can count, I have listened to eye-rolling adults deliver the “kids these days” lament. But there are other sides to the story. I like the one that I saw Thursday afternoon.

So, too, did Julie Buck and her fiance, Jody Shepherd. Unlike some of the motorists stranded near Exit 54, they were physically unable to climb down the embankment, to get to food and a restroom at the mini-mart. Brittni and Yazzmine came to them.

“It was really nice; these girls came walking through with food,” Julie Buck told me. “I’m diabetic, so I took some candy bars.”

Anthony and Allison Cali were stranded on their way home from the Michael Buble concert in HSBC Arena. They also saw the girls.

“It was awesome,” Allison Cali said. “They were up here helping, just walking along the cars and passing out food.”

It was a tough storm, and a lot of people were in trouble. Along one of the worst stretches of road, and at a nearby intersection, help showed up in a way that a lot of folks didn’t expect. There were five of them, ages 13 to 15. Nobody told them what do to. They just did it.

Chloride and Sodium: Two terribly dangerous substances that taste great together!

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PostPosted: 14 Dec 2010, 12:58 
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If you look at a house under construction these days, you'll likely see Tyvek, a paper-thin, white insulating wrap. But in Detroit, an enterprising art student is using the plastic-like home insulation in a different way — to help homeless people stay warm.

The idea seems simple enough: Design a product that keeps the wind out and heat in. How about an inexpensive jacket that quickly turns into a warm sleeping bag? A casual review of this holiday's catalogs reveals no such product. Enter Veronika Scott, a student at the College for Creative Studies.

Instead of designing cars or consumer appliances, as is more typical at her school, the junior, 21, has come up with a product that will be made by and for Detroit's homeless.

It began as a class assignment. Scott says she looked for something people living on the street desperately needed.

It took months of conversations with homeless people, Scott says, for her "to finally realize what their need was. And that was heat, and pride."

Usually, a design project would end there: A need is identified; a product is designed; and a grade issued. But Scott isn't stopping. She spent around $2,000 of her own money to construct several prototypes of her coat, called the Element S(urvival).

"I have designed high-end electronics, and I may go back to that," she says. "But right now, I personally don't feel I should be designing that right now. In this economy, there is a lot of different needs that aren't going to be solved by a new cell phone."

As Scott puts on one of the coats, it's clear that fashion takes a back seat to function. But then again, it doesn't have to look pretty — it just has to work.

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Veronika Scott fine-tunes the design and sizing of her new coat/sleeping bag.
And work it does. Within a few seconds of putting on the coat indoors, Scott starts to sweat.

The coat is made from materials designed for other purposes — the Tyvek home insulation and wool army blankets.

By using these low-cost materials, Scott hopes to offer the coat for free. To get to the production phase, she's relying on Carhartt, an apparel company whose heavy-duty work clothes are a fixture of daily life for many Americans.

"She's probably spent hundreds of hours putting this product together for the end user," says Carhartt CEO Mark Valade. "It's pretty incredible for a 21-year-old."

After meeting with Scott, Valade donated industrial sewing machines and materials for her project.

"As we walked her downstairs and showed her some insulations, some outerwear," Valade says, "she knew exactly what she wanted."

With Carhartt's help, Scott hopes to have an assembly line up and running in a few months. She's hoping the coats will provide both warmth and a paycheck to those who will ultimately wear them.

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