STRIPES adds texting feature
The STRIPES student escort service and Campus Shuttle Program have been providing rides across our campus during the hours of darkness for years now. Traditionally, in order to get a ride from STRIPES, one would either have to call the Public Safety dispatcher, call STRIPES directly at (209) 598-2546 or flag down a STRIPES unit. With the start of this new semester, though, students can now acquire a ride from either STRIPES or the Shuttle by doing something more in line with our Millennial senses: texting.
That’s right: Now, if you ever need a safe ride across campus within the hours of 6 p.m. – 2 a.m., STRIPES is only an instant message away. Just whip out your phone and text (209) 624-8747, give your name and location and wait for your helpful STRIPES unit to arrive, any day of the week.
Or, if you are with a group of friends on the weekend, you can text the same number between the hours of 6:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. on Thursday, Friday or Saturday to request a ride from the Shuttle.
The addition of the texting option to request a ride is clearly a positive development in the student escort service, as it is just another avenue to communicate with Public Safety.
It seems to be a win-win for students and Public Safety alike, as young adults are more apt to communicate through text, and receiving the students’ names and locations in a written format is surely more helpful for Public Safety.
Students seem to agree. Marissa Lewis ’16 has used STRIPES in the past, and she likes the new possibilities that come with the texting feature. “If you’re busy seeing one of the movies on campus at night and you live in Monagan or something, you can quietly text to request a ride,” said Lewis.
Alec Shigeta ’16, also a STRIPES user, shared a similar sentiment: “It’s less noisy in public; you can just subtly ask for a vehicle. You don’t have to be loud and possibly disturb others in a quiet place like the library.”
However, at least one student is wary of some of the less positive possibilities that come with sending a text message for a ride. As Phary Oum ’16 facetiously remarked, “I better not see a ‘read’ receipt with no reply two hours after I send it!”
You can request a ride from STRIPES by texting (209) 624-TRIP. Stay safe, Tigers!
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