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John Pepper ’91 Returns to Speak About Boloco and Labor


Besides serving delicious food, John believed they “should be big on taking care of people.” And that did not just mean the customers, but also the workers. While mopping a Boloco location, he had a revelation: “It’s not fun. It’s not fulfilling. And you’re exhausted. And you’re not getting paid squat.”

Photo by Sharon Cho

At Boloco, his passion ran beyond creating a globally inspired burrito. Fast food workers are not being treated well and he believed that to improve their lives and future, it started with their wages. John said that he was “trying to help them do what they wanted to do as a kid,” which probably was not rolling burritos. If the workers were treated well, then the spillover effects would result in them treating the customer better.

Since stepping down as the Boloco CEO, John finds himself involved in the politics of minimum wage by speaking with senators from Massachusetts. He will also be heading to Washington, D.C. by invitation to talk to the Secretary of Labor about the minimum wage.

Photo by Sharon Cho

That night at RBEL, John said, “I truly believe that we will look back in 30, 40 years and will really look down upon ourselves when we asked people to work full time and plus, but still can’t make ends meet – and they’re being subsidized.”

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This event has already taken place. 


All are welcome to join a conversation with Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus Laurence M. Mark 󈨋 and Jeanine Basinger, Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies, Emerita. Mr. Mark is an Academy Award-nominated, Emmy-nominated, Golden Globe-winning producer of such acclaimed hit films as THE GREATEST SHOWMAN and JERRY MAGUIRE. Topics will include the history and development of the film department and its impact on Hollywood and beyond, and Mr. Mark’s career.

Moderator: Former Trustee Paul J. Vidich 󈨌, P󈧄, 󈧇 will provide the introduction and moderate the discussion and alumni Q & A.

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Jay Hoggard '76, MA'91 has long ranked with the greatest vibraphone innovators. His music is positive, spiritual, uplifting, and happy, and he seamlessly blends Jazz and Gospel roots with African Marimba rhythms. Jay's performance repertoire represents the three B's of the Jazz tradition (Blues, Bop and Ballads).

This event has already taken place. 

Featuring students' research from AFAM307: Black Middletown Lives with their instructor, Jesse Nasta, Visiting Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Executive Director, Middlesex County Historical Society.

In collaboration and with performances by acclaimed actor, singer, and Assistant Professor of Theater Maria-Christina Oliveras and actor and cellist David Blasher.

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