Earlier this month, Mendoza College of Business seniors Mary Cornfield, Alisha Anderson and Caitlin Crommett launched BlueBucket, an organization that forms partnerships with restaurants to collect donations for local charities.“It had originally come up last semester, and then this semester, I’m in a class called Design & Entrepreneurship … so I’m working on BlueBucket in that class,” Cornfield said. “We keep getting positive feedback from customers and restaurants, so we thought we might as well try it out.”Restaurants participating in the program decide which items on their menu they want to list as BlueBucket items. Then, whenever a patron purchases one of the designated BlueBucket items, a portion of the price is donated to a charity chosen by the customer.Mary McGraw | The Observer “It’s nice to see something we’ve been doing in class actually make it into the community,” Cornfield said. “It’s nice knowing that the products we bring into market is actually helping charities raise money.”Anderson said the creators of the BlueBucket organization envisioned the program as a community-building agent, linking local restaurants and charities. She said BlueBucket is a different kind of fundraiser because of one key element.“BlueBucket is unique in that it incorporates the concept of consumer choice,” Andersen said. “There are lot of fundraising techniques out there — round-up, coin collection, credit card-point donations, etc. — but very few incorporate the idea of consumer choice.”However, the process of launching BlueBucket did not come without its challenges. Cornfield said they underestimated the difficulty of spreading the word about the organization, and Anderson said the process of getting restaurants on board with the program proved to be not as easy as they had predicted.“The BlueBucket concept seems obvious to us, yet to a customer that is walking into a restaurant, it is not so simple,” Andersen said. “We need to make sure the restaurants and their employees can effectively and clearly communicate the idea to the customer.”BlueBucket works exclusively with independent restaurants. Currently, there are five restaurants on board: Sassy’s, Indulgence, Rohr’s (at the Morris Inn), Rein Juicery and Thyme of Grace.Andersen said that from a charitable perspective, she hopes that BlueBucket serves as more than just a fundraiser for the charities involved.“We hope BlueBucket will be able to not only raise money for several extremely deserving local charities but also bring attention to the great work that they do and perhaps inspire community members to get more involved with such charities,” Andersen said.“From a restaurant perspective, we hope BlueBucket serves as a way for restaurants to appeal to millennials and the community at large,” she said.Tags: BlueBucket, mendoza college of business
Jacob Rapoport, RumbleMonkeyRumbleMonkey, the online platform that allows gamers to play head-to-head in their favorite esports titles for real money, has announced that it is expanding its closed beta, and adding a ‘suite of new features’. The new features include a ‘more intuitive onboarding process’, as well as an upgraded match history and statistics, improved funds management, and a seamless user experience.Jacob Rapoport, RumbleMonkey CEO commented: “The expansion of our beta is an important moment for RumbleMonkey and our users. “Right from the start, our goal has been to develop a platform that makes it fun and easy for gamers to jump into their favorite games and compete in real-money matches. This update is a major step toward that goal.”RumbleMonkey currently supports only Hearthstone but has plans to expand into other titles down the line. Admittedly it’s Hearthstone’s popularity amongst pro poker players which makes it a more obvious and natural fit for real money play.We interviewed Jacob back in March about their plans in the space. Esports Insider says: We like the feel of the RumbleMonkey platform and it’s a great, and safe, option for Hearthstone players to play head to head for real money. We’re looking forward to new titles being added and RumbleMonkey’s further development.
Contract: 2 years, $42.2 millionWhen LeBron left Cleveland, the idea that he might someday return always existed but many believed that bridge was burned with Dan Gilbert’s infamous letter. Although he did promise the city of Miami more than two championships, once Cleveland had a young star in Kyrie Irving and multiple pieces to get another star through a trade, his return to Cleveland made more sense. As great as LeBron was, he never had enough of a supporting cast in Cleveland to deliver a title in his first stint with the Cavs, reaching the Finals just once. When it was time to choose between playing with an aging trio in Miami or returning home to lead a talented but less-experienced group, James ultimately chose wisely. Few players appear to have as much passion for their city as LeBron has for Cleveland, and he seemed as moved as anyone when the 2016 title he helped win ended the city’s decades-long history of coming up short.2018Previous Team: Cleveland CavaliersNew Team: LakersContract: 4 years, $153.3 millionJames said he would factor family – he has three children, and his oldest son is a rising basketball star about to begin high school – into the choice of where he plays next. He already had some shallow roots on the West Coast with two homes in the Los Angeles area and a film production company, and the chance to join one of the league’s most iconic franchises clearly held some appeal. His management agency, Klutch Sports Group, announced his agreement with the Lakers with a simple, 36-word press release. James said following this year’s NBA Finals loss – his eighth straight Finals appearance – that he remains in “championship mode,” so now the pressure is on the Lakers to deliver him a roster that can contend. With the ability to sign another maximum-contract player in addition to James, the Lakers hope to build a “super team” around him, adding at least one more elite player to an already promising young core. This is the third time LeBron James has announced a major career move, sending shockwaves through the league each time. Here’s a quick recap of each decision.2010Previous Team: Cleveland CavaliersNew Team: Miami Heat Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersContract: 6 years, $110 million“This fall, I’m going to take my talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat.” There was plenty of speculation that James was getting frustrated with the Cavaliers’ constant playoff failure, but most believed he would return to Cleveland even after Chris Bosh had announced he was leaving Toronto to sign with Miami. Instead, James delivered a nationally televised jaw-dropper and set the precedent for superstars helping create superteams when he joined Bosh and Dwyane Wade in Miami. The trio ended up winning two titles in four trips to the Finals.2014Previous Team: Miami HeatNew Team: Cleveland Cavaliers