Ezana Gebru checks dinner specials during work shift

July 4, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
Ezana Gebru, left, Preston Stigall and Casey Trevarthen check the dinner specials before their work shift at Touch Restaurant in Springfield. Throughout his college career, Gebru has taken out loans and worked as a waiter to pay for the seven years he’s spent working on earning his bachelor’s degrees.

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