Top of the Morning, Aug. 24, 2014

Top of the Morning, Aug. 24, 2014

He's got an apron, a spatula and a Facebook page.

The next step for Jake Holland, president of the Illini Barbecue and Grilling Club, is to find some company.

That's why the one-man gang will be camped out at Sunday's Quad Day at the University of Illinois, pitching memberships to his exclusive group.

"Nobody yet," he said when I asked how many students belonged to the Illini Barbecue and Grilling Club.

The Orange Krush this is not. Yet.

"I want to build something that lasts for a long time," the 21-year-old senior from Princeton said.

Quad Day is for entrepreneurs like Holland. More than 800 student groups — some big, some small, some unusual (be sure to stop by the "Humans vs. Zombies" booth) — will pack the UI's hub starting at noon.

Dementro Powell, an assistant director at the Illini Union who helps organize the event, said it's "like a One Direction concert."

My research tells me that's a popular boy band. And, being well beyond college, that I might want to avoid a crowded Quad today.

"If you were by yourself coming here to the event for the first time you would probably want to run and hide like Punxsutawney Phil (the groundhog) does when he sees his shadow," Powell said.

The CEO/vice-president/secretary/treasurer/mascot of the Illini Barbecue and Grilling Club — that'd be Holland — is excited, Not just to show off his hot dog-cooking skills, but to make a difference. HIgh on his to-do list is for the IBGC to host a charity cookout. First he has to build the club, which promises no membership fees, easy practices and zero hazing.

Find the guy in the orange-and-blue apron and he'll tell you more.

His goal: "50 members. But that might take a couple years."

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