Free Ride Friday hits the breaks after first week

By Kaitlyn Smith, A&E Editor

On Friday, students got a lift to class on a golf cart, courtesy of the Student Government Association. Though the cart was found broken shortly after and currently awaits repairs, SGA senators hope to continue the service called “Free Ride Fridays” when the cart gets back up and running.  

During Free Ride Friday, SGA members drive around campus in Director of Security Mo Floyd’s golf cart looking for stranded students who may need a ride to the library, a class or to their dorms.  

Sophomore senator Jordan Ojile said SGA hopes the event will “increase the bond between SGA senators and the students.”

Caleb Limes, a sophomore senator, said that he hopes to add some new features to the rides. He plans to bring a speaker and provide music for what he calls “Cart-Pool Karaoke.”

“So people can come by and recommend songs and we’ll just groove on the way to their destination,” he said.

Shortly after the first Free Ride Friday on Oct. 26, the golf cart wasn’t working properly anymore.  

SGA Secretary Adrienne Esposito said that Newman is in the process of investigating what happened to the golf cart.

For now, there are no golf carts, but Limes said there has been talk of adding a second golf cart, after the first one gets repaired or replaced.

“We’re hoping for it to be fixed as soon as possible. So I’m hoping not this Friday, but next Friday,” Limes said.

Once the cart is fixed, Ojile said that students can hitch a ride on Floyd’s golf cart between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Fridays.

PHOTO: NEWMAN BOWLING TEAM took advantage of the first free ride Friday before departing for their tournament. Courtesy photo, Jordan Ojile