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18 r_ THE NATIONAL COLLIDE NEWSPAPER .

Dollars and Ba m OCTOBER 1989

14.TE AINA OLE ESAPRDllr nsmOTBE 99U. THE NATION OLLEGE NEWSF

Students find big bucks in boxers

By Karl Lasher
The Review
U; of Delaware
Henry Kaestner and Tom Hahn have
found the secret to success - in boxer
shorts.
Success in the sum of $25,000.
Since the U. of Delaware junior and
senior began producing their own line of
clothing last January, the two have sold
tie-dyed T-shirts and boxer shorts in over
65 retail stores across the country.

Kaestner and Hahn enlisted the sales
help of various student business groups
on eight college campuses, in addition to
their 35 fellow U. of Delaware student
employees who help make and distribute
the boxer shorts.
"The boxers come plain from the com-
pany," Hahn explains. "We have a whole
group of independent contractors on
campus who rubberband them for us.
"Then we ship them down to a place
in North Carolina where they're dyed.
They come back up and we have stu-

JOHN SCHNEIDER, THE REVIEW, U. OF DELAWARE
Henry Kaestner (left) and Tom Hahn have
earned $25,000 selling tie-dyed boxer shorts.

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dents who iron them."
The co-founders of College Design
Group hired a professional salesman to
market their products. Professionalism
is a priority with the two men, and each
of their items displays a quality tag, a
good care label and the College Design
Group label.
The students' marketing strategy usu-
ally involves showing their products to
store owners, who often buy a few dozen
to try them out. If the boxers sell,
Kaestner and Hahn establish a contract
with the company to continue supplying
them.
They have received mixed reactions to
their produets.
"Some people think it's the best thing
in the world," Hahn says. 'They'll say,'I
can't believe it. It's so great to see young
kids doing this, I'll buy them.' Even if
they don't need them, they'll buy a dozen
or two to help us out.
"Some people are concerned," the
finance major continues. "A number
have said, 'Gee, if the Grateful Dead go
on tour, will you go with them?' They
wonder ifwe'll be consistentin our colors,
or in the quality."
Kaestner, Hahn andAssociates islook-
ing toward company growth, andintends
to send out a financial newsletter to 150
universities this fall. They plan to keep
the company alive until graduation,
expanding their line to include hand-
painted T-shirts and conservatively dyed
turtlenecks.
The partners started their business
last year after they discovered a need in
the silk-screening business among fra-
ternities at U. of Delaware.
"We just like to make deals."
- Henry Kaestner,
co-founder
He and Kaestner contacted a local fac-
tory and silk-screening operation that
offered wholesale prices, and discovered
they could make a profit and still beat
the competition by $2 a shirt.
When they originally decided to
expand their line to include tie-dyed
boxer shorts, they convinced their par-
ents to loan them the $10,000 needed to
order the shorts from a South Carolina
company. "We went out on a limb,
ordered 4,000 shorts, worried about pro-
duction afterwards, and it kind of took
off," Hahn says.
"There have been times when we've
thought aboutbacking down,"he admits.
"If we finished all the orders we have now
and just stopped operations and collect-
ed all the money owed to us, we'd do very
well for ourselves.
"But (professional contacts) encour-
aged us to keep rolling it back into the
company."
"We're just middle men," says
Kaestner, who gained experience selling
silk-screened T-shirts to fraternities on
the U. of Delaware campus his freshman
year. "We just like to make deals,"
Hahn agrees. "It's abasic economic fact
that there's people that need things. And
if you can understand how to get some-
body what they need, a lot of times
there's going to be money to be made."

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Dating
By Judy A. PlunkE
and Greg Saitz
. Independent Florida Allige
U. of Florida
Professors dating thei
be a thing of the past i
tions by the U. of FloridG
Sexual Harassment are
The "cupid policy," wh
hibit UF employees fr
dents they teach or supe
a 22-page report issue
force.
Supervisors and profi
late the proposed policiei
plined in several ways ra
rimand to termination.
"This isn't high scho
Bowden, a sophomore sp

policy proposed
ett major. She said whatever a student and
a teacher do is their private business.
ator But junior physics major Gene
Thompson said he favors the proposed
policy. "The fact is there's too much
r students may opportunity for abuse by both people
f recommenda- involved."
a Task Force on Task Force Member Catherine
implemented. Longstreth, associate vice president
ich would pro- for academic affairs, said if the policy
om dating stu- isn't adopted, it should at least be rec-
rvise, is part of ommended strongly in university
ed by the task guidelines.
essors who vio-
s could be disci-
nging from rep-
ol," said Tonia
ecial education

Student-professor
friendships begin
during free lunches
By Julie Esselman
The Kentucky Kernel
U. of Kentucky
When professors and students are
together in a classroom, they usually
assume the roles of speaker and listener,
but put them in the Student Center with
a pizza and some cola, and it's an entire-
ly different situation - they become
friends.
At least that's what U. of Kentucky
Dean of Students Becky Jordan hopes
will happen if students take advantage
of "Take A Professor To Lunch."
Through the program, students - by
presenting a special meal ticket at any
UK food service area - can take a teach-
er to lunch for free and have the oppor-
tunity to get to know the professor better
as a person.
"The purpose is to get faculty and stu-
dents together on an informal basis,"
Jordan said. "The faculty I talked with
all really liked the idea."
Jordan started the program at UK a
year ago, after reading about similar
programs at other universities.
The program is geared especially
toward freshmen who may feel over-
whelmed by the large university enroll-
ment, Jordan said. It is thought that
retention of freshmen will reach a high-
er percentage if they can establish good
relationships with their professors.
By the end offall 1988,35 students had
taken professors out to lunch through
the program, Jordan said. "I called the
freshmen and asked for feedback, and it
was overwhelmingly positive."
Freshman Keri Barton took two
English teaching assistants and her
computer science teaching assistant to
lunch. "I didn't know any of them very
well, but we ended up having a lot of
fun," she said. "I was really surprised. I
was prepared for it to be stiff. We started
out talking about class, but then ended
up talking about all types of things.
"I think they all had a good time. UK
didn't seem like such a big place after-
ward, since I knew my teachers."

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