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Meet the rest of the candidates: Campus Socialite’s ‘Campus Tycoon’ Award

April 13, 2011

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Voting is well under way in the first Campus Socialite Awards, and we’re proud to be sponsoring the search for this year’s Campus Tycoon. To name the winner, they’re looking through “the most creative and innovative business minds on college campuses today.” Today, we meet The Campus Socialite’s last four candidates:

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Patrick Galbraith

Patrick Galbraith, University of Kansas: SneakHype

www.sneakhype.com

Q: What was the inspiration behind your idea?

A: The inspiration behind SneakHype was basically to create the dopest website on the Internet. There are a lot of good sneaker blogs out there, there are a lot of good music blogs, a lot of good art blogs, and funny blogs … but we wanted to make a website that had all of those things. Sneakhype doesn’t fit into any one category. SneakHype is a combination of kicks, clothing, music, art, architecture or anything else that we consider cool. There is something for everyone and that is the goal.

Q: If a biography was written about your life to date, what would the title be and why?

A: When Keepin’ it Real Goes Right: The Life and Times of Patrick Galbraith. Such a title is appropriate for two reasons. First, it’s a word-play on a popular Dave Chappelle skit that would immediately capture the attention of the target demographic of the biography. Secondly, and more importantly, the title implies that staying true to yourself and pursuing your passions will create success on some level. We created Sneakhype to outlet our creativity and interests with an audience. The daily grind forces us to conform to a lot of societal norms, but at the end of the day, I can go home and share “the dopeness” with tens of thousands of people who are looking for a quick escape from their own grind.

Q: If Internships.com asked you to apply as an Intern for Charlie Sheen using only 140 characters and a hashtag, what would your tweet be?

A: Sup Charlie, heard you need an intern. I’d send you my application but only nice guys apply. I’ll see you on Monday. #Sneakhype

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Arielle Patrice Scott, University of California-Berkeley: GenJuice

www.genjuice.com


Nick Cash Meet the rest of the candidates: Campus Socialite’s ‘Campus Tycoon’ AwardNick Cash, University of Northern Iowa: The Book Hatchery

Q: What was the inspiration behind your idea?

A: I’ve tutored many students on the ways of computer programming. The textbooks were always expensive and worthless, so we never used them. Eventually I thought I would help more students if I wrote a short e-book on some of the basics, and that is where the story of Book Hatchery really begins.

Out of curiosity, I decided to see how hard it would be to sell an e-book, and I was appalled by the complexities involved. So I went to work making some software to make my life a little easier by having it handle much of the formating and whatnot. Somewhere along the way I realized I was just one of thousands of people with that problem, so I decided to broaden my scope and create Book Hatchery, a one-stop shop for people who want to sell books digitally without any hassles.

Q: If a biography was written about your life to date, what would the title be and why?

A: I think the title might be, From Everything To Nothing and Back Again.

I had a fantastic childhood until about fourth grade. That’s when my family became plagued with health problems and the financial burden that accompanied them. Life became quite a challenge at that point. My father is in his 50s and lives in a nursing home, and my mother passed away in 2006 when I was a junior in high school. My brothers and I have had to bootstrap our way through college without much support.

Still, there was always light at the end of the tunnel. I’m nearing the end of college, and I’m loving life as an entrepreneur. If someone would have told me a few years ago that I would be running my own company when I was 21, I would have thought they were crazy. You just never know where life will take you.

Q: If Internships.com asked you to apply as an Intern for Charlie Sheen using only 140 characters and a hashtag, what would your tweet be?

A: Mr. Warlock – Please use your highly evolved brain to teach me to be a grand wizard master. I’d like to learn more about epic #winning


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Keith Solomon, University of Maryland: USA’s First College Competitive Eating Team

Q: What is your definition of a “Campus Socialite”?

A: A Campus Socialite is somebody who takes their collegiate experience to a new level. Part of college is making friends, getting involved with clubs, and supporting school athletics. All these aspects are great and something most college students do, but a campus socialite goes outside these norms of the collegiate experience, and does something different and exciting so that their time in school can be something extraordinary.

Q: What was the inspiration behind your idea?

A: As a freshman, I ate dining hall meals 2 to 3 … to 6 times a day. At the end of the semester, me and my friends would have a good amount of dining points left over. We would spend these extra points on whole pizzas and a massive amount of chicken wings. We would have small competitions to see who can eat the fastest. The idea was born freshman year, and was executed junior year when the University of Maryland got an officially sanctioned Competitive Eating team.

Q: If a biography was written about your life to date, what would the title be and why?

A: It’s Always Sunny in New Jersey. I have an extraordinary amount of Jersey pride. Assuming it is not an autobiography, I would like it to be written by Charlie Sheen.

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