STRIPES, a student run program, is proud to announce it will be operating for MU students on Halloween 2017
STRIPES GIVING MU STUDENTS FREE, SAFE RIDES HOME TUESDAY, OCT. 31
By: Melody Cox
For Immediate Release
COLUMBIA, Missouri – Oct. 23, 2017 – STRIPES, an organization funded through the Missouri Students Association and many others, will be offering a free and safe way to get home on Oct. 31, 2017 to MU students and their friends.
This is the first year that the organization will be operating on Halloween as a special weekday night for MU students. Normally, the program runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights during the regular academic school year.
The organization will be accepting calls from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. that night, and there will be a tent downtown across from No Gas located at 111 Hitt St. that patrons can get a ride from until 2 a.m. (weather permitting).
For Halloween night, the STRIPES team members will be wearing Halloween costumes with their orange STRIPES shirts, so patrons can easily identify them. Patrons are allowed to wear costumes, but the organization says that no masks be allowed or worn in the STRIPES vehicle along with the standard restricted items like drugs or alcohol.
“Our advisor Nick and director Ally made it a reality. We are all really excited for this!” said Lucy Dickson, the Marketing/PR coordinator for STRIPES. “We had talked about operating on Halloween before, but we couldn’t really get funding for it because our funding covers only Thursday through Saturday nights.”
Since this will be the first time the program will be operating specifically on Halloween, the patrons and members can give STRIPES feedback on how beneficial the rides were to their holiday experience. The program does not know how many rides will be given due to Halloween being a weekday and students having early morning classes.
STRIPES has a Facebook event on their public page for patrons to share if they are planning on using the service on Halloween night.
“We are encouraging patrons to share and mark they are attending the event to spread awareness for Halloween night’s operations. A lot of people don’t realize we are operating because it is a weekday, so we want to let more people know we will be taking people home,” said Dickson.
If they have any other questions, they can contact a representative at 573-882-8585 during the weekday or email STRIPES at email@example.com.
STRIPES is a confidential service for MU students to use in order to get home safely. The organization’s mission is to provide safe and confidential rides home without judgment and at no cost to the patron. Only MU students work during operations; the organization is completely student-run each night. Nightly operations are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays during the fall and spring academic semesters. Calls or rides are accepted from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. each night. STRIPES uses vehicles from Avis and is funded by the Missouri Students Association, private donors, local businesses, and patron tips. There is more information on STRIPES’ website at stripes.missouri.edu.