A task force is considering changes to Froggie 5-0 that could minimize the late night golf cart service and instead have students opt for buddy walking.
“This is something that is in consideration but is not definitive,” said Jake Evinger, head supervisor of Froggie 5-0 and senior economics and philosophy double-major.
The student-run safety service is deliberating the use of a walking buddy system that would supplement its shuttle service this fall.
The idea behind making these changes is to focus on students’ safety and to limit the cost of golf carts, but nothing has been finalized.
“The safety of our students is the number one priority for the school,” said Adrian Andrews, associate vice chancellor of public safety at TCU.
Students have been accustomed to calling the Froggie 5-0 hotline so a student worker in a golf cart can meet the student and transport them across campus to their destination.
Last week, Froggie 5-0 beta-tested a strategy in which students who called the Froggie 5-0 hotline were asked if they have a safety concern. If it was a true safety concern, then the safety team met and escorted the student or students to their desired location.
The test, however, resulted in delays that left a student harmed, according to Head of Froggie 5-0 Jake Evinger. The test is not part of its procedure now.
Some reasons for the potential changes are attributed to the cost of golf carts.
“Froggie 5-0 receives upwards of 90 calls a night and about less than three to five are actual safety concerns,” said Andrews.
Because they run on gas, constantly running the carts at night is costly. Golf carts also have to be replaced for around $10,000 a cart every two to three years because they need lots of maintenance.
Froggie 5-0 runs from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. If a student needs safety assistance after 12:30 a.m., the TCU Police Department is available for escorts.