STRIPES expects more ride requests for Homecoming

Thursday, October 21, 2010 | 6:02 p.m. CDT; updated 1:15 p.m. CDT, Friday, October 22, 2010

* This article has been changed to correct that STRIPES will only take students to their homes. A previous version of this article said the student-run ride service would take passengers to any destination.

COLUMBIA ­— After partying it up for Homecoming, some MU students might need a safe ride home. But instead of calling a cab, students can call STRIPES.

STRIPES, a student-run organization that offers free rides to MU students, is expecting a high volume of ride requests this weekend.

“It’s Homecoming, … so we’re expecting a lot more than usual,” STRIPES’ public relations manager Andrew Worrall said.

On Tuesday, STRIPES Membership Chair Sarah Bustamante said in an internal e-mail to STRIPES members that the organization was short on volunteers for the weekend.

"It's that time again, where I ask you to sign up for this weekend. It is Homecoming, which is a big deal for Mizzou and STRIPES. As of right now, we are not running, due to lack of volunteers," Bustamante wrote. "... I know you all will come through, you always do, but please make an effort to volunteer this weekend."

Worrall said the e-mail was a reminder for volunteers and that STRIPES will be operational this weekend.

Because of the organization's success, there can be a lengthy wait, depending on when someone needs a ride. STRIPES does not combine rides unless it’s a group of students requesting to ride together.

“Our biggest complaint is usually the wait times,” Worrall said. “STRIPES is really meant to be a Plan B option. Students: Plan ahead and make sure you have a ride to get home.”

*STRIPES operates confidentially and drives students home if they live within Columbia’s city limits. STRIPES runs from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights in the fall and spring academic semesters. Rides can be arranged by calling 442-9672. Service is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

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