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News Briefs 4/8

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Krispy Kreme collabs with McDonald’s

The golden arches of McDonald’s are enticing to anyone looking for a hot-and-ready, on-the-go meal. A recent “collab” with another popular brand has many people suggesting the fast-food chain’s menu expansion is the foodie crossover of the Midwest. 

With rumors circling for weeks, McDonald’s officially announced their limited-time partnership with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts on March 29. The partnership will allow McDonald’s locations to sell three of the doughnut brands’ most popular doughnuts.

The doughnuts are available in a half-dozen boxes or sold individually. Shipments will be delivered to the fast food restaurants fresh every day, and will start at the same time as McDonalds’ other breakfast items are sold. They will be available for purchase outside of distinct breakfast hours, however each McDonald’s location operates on a first-come, first-serve basis. Sales will continue while supplies last.

These famous Krispy Kreme Doughnut flavors are available at select McDonald’s locations:

  • The Original Glazed Doughnut
  • The Chocolate Iced with Sprinkles Doughnut
  • The Chocolate Iced Kreme Filled Doughnut

The decision to move forwards with a McDonald’s and Krispy Kreme intersection plan came about after test runs took place at nearly 200 McDonalds’ locations in Kentucky. Select stores in Lexington and Louisville acted as pilot restaurants, serving Krispy Kreme options prior to the official announcement to gage public interest.

“This follows a successful test at 160 McDonald’s restaurants in the Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky areas where consumer excitement and demand exceeded expectations. These pilot restaurants will continue to serve Krispy Kreme doughnuts during the nationwide rollout,” according to an official statement from Krispy Kreme.

The rollout process will take place  across the nation through a multi-phase plan in the second half of the year. Full nationwide availability is expected by the end of 2026.

GV celebrates rare total eclipse

A total solar eclipse is set to take place Monday, April 8, a rare astronomical event that won’t be observed again in the United States for the next 20 years.

A total solar eclipse can only take place when the moon entirely obscures the sun’s face, because it has moved directly between the sun and the Earth.

The total eclipse will take place from around 2 p.m. until around 5 p.m. The Department of Physics is facilitating an eclipse-watching event on campus in front of the Russel H. Kirkhof Center, of which any student or community member can participate to celebrate the rare and beautiful natural occurrence.

According to the event’s description, the Department of Physics will hold informational sessions at the beginning of the event and before the eclipse experiences its maximum coverage, occurring at 3:11 p.m. They will have a pinhole camera and solar telescopes to enhance the viewing experience.

Looking directly at the sun can be very harmful, and cause damage to the eyes if proper precautions are not taken. According to the Department of Physics, eye damage can occur even if the moon is entirely blocking the sun. The program is providing glasses to attendees so the eclipse can be enjoyed in a safe manner.

A timeline for eclipse viewing in Allendale:

  • Partial Eclipse Starts:  1:55 pm
  • Maximum Coverage of 93.2%: 3:11 pm
  • Partial Eclipse Ends: 4:24 pm
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About the Contributor
Emma Armijo
Emma Armijo, News Editor
Emma Armijo is the Lanthorn's News editor for the 2023-24 year. She previously worked with the Lanthorn for a year and a half as a news staff writer before joining the editorial team as the Arts and Entertainment editor in the winter of 2023. Emma enjoys all things creative like dance, music and drawing. Her aspirations after college include working as a professional in the dance industry and writing for a major print news organization, The New York Times. Graduating Winter 2025 Majors: Multimedia Journalism, Dance