ASCC welcomes fall semester students with free In-N-Out

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Cerritos College was visited on the first day of the new Fall semester by an In-N-Out truck, with its grills fired up and the employees happily giving the students free food. The truck will visit campus again on Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 5:30 pm near the bookstore. Photo credit: Sebastian Echeverry

Rolling into campus with shiny wheels, red palm tree imprints on its side and the smell of grilling burgers was the In-N-Out burger truck.

The restaurant on wheels was giving away free burgers, chips and drinks to students on campus who carried the new Fall 2014 sticker on the front of their identification cards on Monday, Aug. 18 in Falcon Square.

It was a way to welcome back familiar faces and to set a welcoming impression to newcomers.

One of the organizers of the event was Aldemar Sanchez, who is currently vice president of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) and Queer-Straight Alliance (QSA), stood out in the long line of hungry students, mingling with them and keeping them occupied while they awaited their warm meals.

Sanchez mentioned that the hunt for the In-N-Out truck began a year before the start of the new semester.

“If we want the truck next year we let them know a year in advance,” Sanchez said.

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The massive truck loomed in the intersection of the bookstore, “The Hill”, the center of campus and the Student Center. Blue canopies were deployed closer to the vehicle to block out the scorching sun off the backs of students and faculty.

According to Sanchez, approximately more than 1000 students will approach the truck to get food on the first day.

He believes that the same amount of students will arrive at the truck tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 5:30 p.m. to welcome the night-time students.

Adding the numbers up, Sanchez believes over 2000 students will take home an In-N-Out meal.

Sanchez said, “I personally feel it’s good for the freshmen, because then they look at the school and think it’s a pretty cool school; they give out free burgers and it just keeps them coming.”

Communications major, Jonathan Ortega, stood in line for his burger and was happy with the idea as well.

“I like it, I think it’s pretty cool. I mean, In-N-Out is good,” Ortega said.

The truck will make a second visit to the campus in Falcon Square on Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 5:30 p.m.