Local university friend group accepts jobs to help the Valley
By: Shadya Aljaziri, Amos Endert
Posted: 10:01 AM, October 10, 2016
Updated: 5 months ago
LOS ANGELES, CA - If you haven’t heard of them yet, there’s a chance you will soon if you need a helping hand... or several. A group of friends attending UCLA have already made their presence among their peers, best known for completing any job they’ve been commissioned for -- as long as it follows state laws, UCLA Moral Conduct, and their own Terms and Restrictions that clients must sign if they wish to hire.
The students, calling themselves the Hallux Crew, are presently composed of third years and older, up to UCLA alumni who have decided to keep in touch. Since their group’s creation in 2013, they have completed over 200 odd jobs for local residents and university faculty alike, splitting their profits between those who have worked on the job and funnelling the funds into their college tuition.
Seth Chan, founder of the Hallux Crew and in his final year at UCLA, has stated that though he “may retire from the group after I graduate, I might come back... just to help the newer kids out.” When asked about the hiring process for the group, he firmly responded, “There is none. This is… just a friend group trying to pay through college. We’re broke,” he quickly added afterwards, laughing nervously.
The Hallux Crew is not just known for their eagerness to work; there is, after all, a reason why they get hired for tasks ranging from harboring cuddly kittens for the week to planning a high school reunion for nostalgic alumni.
Their group was initially created to help the senior and disabled, their charity at no costs to the retirement homes scattered nearby. After receiving recognition for their efforts in 2013, and people requesting they help with able-bodied tasks, they had decided to start a for-profit group, in the hopes of using their ingenuity to both finish their jobs as quickly and efficiently as possible and pay their way through college.
Living up to their UCLA “betterment of society” standards, these creative students have already patented several items under their names that were programmed and created for their clients, tweaked and redesigned until it was satisfactory in the eyes of members involved. These items range from executing programs to technology that make it sufficiently easier for those with disabilities or old age to walk through their daily routines.
Sage Yoo, co-founder of the Hallux Crew and author of many of the programs under their group’s belt, was very modest about her progress and contributions to the community. “Huh?” she replied, when asked to share some details about her thinking process.
Members of the Hallux Crew have already been reported to have received offers from businesses in the area who have seen proof of their innovation. A few older members, Chan said, took these offers as soon as they graduated, now working in moderately-high positions for companies such as Apple, Unitedhealth, and Google. Some, however, have decided to pursue graduate school instead, something that Chan is keen on following, as well.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Chan insisted, “and now I can kind of pay for more school after this... thanks to Hallux.”
Yoo was asked to provide additional commentary on Hallux’s success and her future career plans. “Yes,” she said with a nod.
it will be interesting to see where this group will go, especially with its founders planning to depart after their senior year. For now, however, Chan and Yoo will be working alongside their friends to complete as many jobs as they possibly can before their graduation, and with the clock ticking against them, they’re hoping for one last job together as a team before Hallux will lose two of its most cherished members.
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