Hot dog cart helps pay for school tuition

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by KACI ALVAREZ
Staff Writer 

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Student Owned and Run (S.O.A.R.) organization has taken the Island Campus by storm with their brand new hot dog cart.

S.O.A.R. is a student-run organization, founded in the Fall of 2015 which is committed to exposing students to entrepreneurship and giving them a practical place to apply their perspective academic disciplines.

“Students get a real-world and entrepreneurial experience, so they actually get to see and participate in a business being formed from the ideas stage to the actual planning to the management,” said Tyrone Jackson, junior business major and S.O.A.R. president.

Jackson came up with the idea for the organization and the hot dog cart when he was in Ohio and decided to put it into full force once he got to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

The hot dog company created by Jackson and the members of S.O.A.R., The Good Frank, allows them to run a business, get real-world experience all while also raising money for potential scholarships to help the students who are involved.

“We want to give 30 percent back to the students who are participating in forms of a scholarship or a private fund,” Jackson said.

Good Frank’s hot dogs, also known as Frankfurters, are handmade with no industrial processes and have never been chemically processed.

Good Frank offers a variety of Frankfurters including the All Beef Good Frank, the Half Pound Texas Sized Frank and the Soy Free Vegan Frank, that can appeal to a variety of people.

Jackson decided to start the hot dog cart because he realized how expensive it is on the Island Campus.

“When I came to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, I noticed that it seems like they nickel and dime students to death,” Jackson said.  “It seems like the university has more of an interest in getting money out of the students’ pocket.”

Jackson said after he noticed he was subject to this, he asked himself how he can pay for school, which led to the creation of the on-campus hot dog cart.

The Good Frank has recently participated in the Corpus Christi Food Truck festival, serving more than 450 people during the course of the event and has received rave reviews on both the concept and product quality.

Due to an existing contract with Chartwells, the campuses food provider, Chartwells and no one else may cater any on-campus organization. However, the USCO is in the process of circulating a petition that Chartwells rescind the clause in the University contract that makes it mandatory for all catering to be provided by them.

“I would like to see it happen,” Jackson said. “I believe that opening competition would improve the quality of the food on campus.”

If the petition passes, The Good Frank will benefit as well as the students who will have more of a selection.

The Good Frank can be found next at the PTA Fundraiser at Metro Elementary on Friday April 22 at 4 p.m.