He calls his new venture Gyrene Hamburger. The name gyrene is given to Ave Maria's sports teams. It's a nickname for a Marine, thought to have come from a combination of "GI" and "Marine."
In the 1950s, Monaghan spent three years in the Marine Corps. Suiting its name, the new hamburger business will have a warrior-like feel. Employees will wear camouflage uniforms and the store, he promises, will be as spotless as barracks. The drivers will be known as gyrene joggers and the managers will be captains. There will be an extensive training program, called the burger boot camp.
"Everybody is going to be referred to as sir or ma'am," Monaghan said of his customers. "Then we're going to salute you, and you're going to be on your way."
No surprise, he’s already thinking about growing the business.
"We will franchise, but not immediately," a confident Monaghan said. "This first store is a test. If there’s anyone who knows how to grow an organization it's me."
He thinks the business could be even bigger than Domino's one day, with 6,000 stores in the U.S. alone, and that many or more in the rest of the world.
Gyrene Hamburger will only sell hamburgers, which will make the operation run more efficiently and speed delivery. There will be no sides and no drinks.
There will be two hamburger choices, with each burger costing a little less than $6: The classic with ketchup, mustard and pickle and the deluxe with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. Both hamburgers will have double Angus beef patties, plus cheese and bacon.
"That's it. No substitutes," Monaghan said.
Asked how he would compete with the big hamburger chains, like McDonald's and Burger King, he said: "Our edge is delivery."
Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!
Monday, September 26, 2011
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Mr. Healy had just started his second retirement, and during the course of the conversation, Mr. Monaghan asked him to assume the role of president himself - just for a year.
"It started as 'interim,' then became 'indefinite'," Mr. Healy said, as efforts to recruit another president were unsuccessful.
"Traditional academics might not like the structure - like sending Tom daily reports," Mr. Healy said.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
[UPDATE. The Florida Board of Bar Examiners has confirmed the statistics (though there is a minor discrepancy for the number of Florida State passers.) I'll use the Florida Board's statistics, and add the statistic for non-Florida law schools.]
Florida International University, 89.6% (120 of 134)
University of Florida, 89.1% (285 of 320)
Florida State University, 88.3% (182 of 206)
Stetson University, 87.7% (185 of 211)
Nova Southeastern University, 87.4% (201 of 230)
University of Miami, 82.6% (237 of 287)
FLORIDA LAW SCHOOLS, 82.2% (1694 of 2062)
ALL LAW SCHOOLS, 80.1% (2314 of 2890)
St. Thomas University, 77.9% (113 of 145)
NON-FLORIDA LAW SCHOOLS, 74.9% (620 of 828)
Florida Coastal, 74.6% (179 of 240)
Barry University, 70.3% (104 of 148)
Florida A&M University, 65.3% (77 of 118)
Ave Maria, 47.8% (11 of 23)
It's interesting to compare these results with those of last year.
UPDATE: From the comment thread, a news article about Ave Maria's results with comments from Professor Charlie Rice.
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