By Michael Maraghi, Staff Writer
On Thursday, Nov. 17, St. John Fisher’s Student Government Association (SGA) hosted a congregation to discuss the topic of ride sharing and its hopeful initiation into the Rochester community.
Over the past year, Fisher’s Student Government has been involved in the Rochester Intercollegiate Council, a council that brings together Rochester area schools’ student governments in one meeting to discuss issues on individual campuses. The resolution of discussion on this day, passed almost unanimously by the Fisher Senate, involved introducing ride sharing programs like Uber and Lift to the city.
Anthony Lee, President of SGA, discussed the council’s goal.
“What the Rochester Collegiate Council’s mission was in accomplishing this was that our Rochester area schools will pass one resolution together and then we’ll get other areas such as Buffalo, Syracuse, and hopefully move into the Albany region as well,” he said. “We are trying to get it moving through many different schools, not just in Rochester but also throughout Upstate New York.”
A survey was also distributed by SGA to the students of St. John Fisher to field any comments and concerns with the project. Of the 166 respondents, safety was the prominent issue.
“I think it would be a great idea personally. Freshmen can’t have cars on campus and it would certainly be easier to get around the city because sometimes you have to go off campus to get groceries or go downtown or whatever else.”
– Freshman Nick Ames on ride sharing
“Uber and Lift drivers do go through an intensive background check prior to becoming an official driver,” said Lee. “There are plenty of procedures in place that drivers must to go through in order to qualify.”
Nick Ames, a freshman, voiced his opinion on the matter.
“I think it would be a great idea personally,” he said. “Freshmen can’t have cars on campus and it would certainly be easier to get around the city because sometimes you have to go off campus to get groceries or go downtown or whatever else.”
As the school Senate passed the motion, the next step is to bring it to the Rochester Intercollegiate Council and eventually to the state government.