“We rode around in these tuk-tuks, which are tiny, little open air taxis. We thought it’d be fun to bring that back,” Draughon said.
But Student Congress passed a bill Tuesday banning the Student Safety and Security Committee from giving student fee money to for-profit groups, such as Buzz Rides.
Buzz Rides offers students who live off campus free rides home in electric cars between 10 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. It gave 20,000 rides to students during the 2013-14 school year and cut down on approximately 50,000 pounds of carbon dioxide tailpipe emissions, Draughon said.
Skavroneck and Draughon said they started working to get money from the committee in fall 2013.
Tyler Jacon, who was chairman of the Safety and Security Committee last year, said Skavroneck and Draughon tried to become a recognized student group and, when that failed, tried to secure funding from the committee through the Campus Y.
“We were pretty disappointed in the process,” Skavroneck said. “We had been approved for the funding multiple times, and one or two people in student government didn’t want that to happen ... In the end, they had the power to shut it down.”
“It’s a shame,” he said. “And when you cut funding in these areas of student safety when we need it more than ever, it’s going to take a tragedy to wake up Student Congress and let them know that we need more resources in late-night safety for students.”
Joshua Aristy, Finance Committee chairman of Student Congress, said he thinks it matters whether student fee money goes to a for-profit business.