SGA to encourage university to expand Froggie Five-0 hours

Editor’s note: This article was revised for accuracy at 10:15 p.m. Feb. 10.

The House of Student Representatives passed a resolution Tuesday night that encourages the university to extend Froggie Five-0 hours.

The resolution outlined the House’s recommendation for the university’s Safety and Security Committee to extend the hours of safety escort service Froggie Five-0 on Friday and Saturday nights, just as 1873 Cafe and Sports Grill and the Brown-Lupton University Union information desk stay open past 1 a.m. The Safety and Security Committee, which includes campus police and university officials, is an ad hoc group that was formed in the fall to review and examine campus safety needs.

Through the non-binding legislation, the Student Government Association encourages the administration to take the proposal regarding campus safety into consideration.

The past week’s proposal to extend the hours of Froggie Five-0 was dismissed in a Campus Advancement Committee meeting, but freshman AddRan College representative Saman Sadeghi, the legislation’s author, returned Tuesday with a new proposals for the House.

Sadeghi’s original proposal of extended hours was postponed last week after extensive discussion and the submission of several amendments. Sadeghi met with the committee Friday to discuss possible amendments and finished with an entirely new proposal.

The committee first addressed the House with a resolution written by the committee that promoted that all university transportation systems be equipped with better signs outlining routes and times. The proposal was passed with 38 out of 39 votes.

Sadeghi’s resolution about the Froggie Five-O schedule was passed nearly an hour later and by a narrower margin of 25 out of 35 votes.

Despite the committee’s rejection of his original proposal, Sadeghi revised the legislation with help from Glory Robinson, associate dean of campus life and the head of the Safety and Security Committee, and proposed the revised version to the House. He said the new proposal was more likely to be successful with administration because it is approached as a suggestion instead of a mandate.

He also addressed some of the previously discussed conflicts with the legislation, which is why he said he excluded specific stipulations for how the program should be run from his most recent proposal. The resolution petitions for the extension of Friday and Saturday service hours to “as late as possible relevant to student demand.” The legislation is vague to give administrators flexibility in their discussions about the Froggie Five-O schedule, Sadeghi said.

Erin House, a dispatcher for Froggie Five-O, and Dustin Naegle, head supervisor for the safety escort service, attended the meeting to answer questions about the program’s service.

Naegle clarified many of the questions representatives had about alternative methods of escorted transportation. He noted that security guards, separate from TCU Police, answer calls after Froggie Five-0 is closed. The guards wear badges and transport students in golf carts. Representatives expressed concern that some students refrain from using security guards as late-night transportation because they are worried about receiving alcohol violations, but Naegle said guards do not have the authority to write alcohol violations.

Much of the discussion revolved around the idea of renaming these guards as part of Froggie Five-0 to encourage students to use them the same way.

Paula Pavlova, a freshman studio art and fashion merchandising major, said some drivers should continuously follow a route rather than taking calls so that students who are hesitant to call Froggie Five-0 can travel safely as well.

In the end, the House decided to refrain from offering the administration specific suggestions, encouraging the university’s Safety and Security Committee to do as it sees fit to make the service run later.

Andrew Pulliam, a finance major and a College of Science and Engineering representative, said passing the Froggie Five-0 resolution will be a positive move for the House. If changes are made, the Safety and Security Committee can work out technical details better than the House can, he said.

“If no changes are made, at least we are doing our job by representing what students want,” he said.

The House also passed a resolution proposed by the Student Relations Committee to establish a monthly student relations town hall meeting. The first meeting will be held Feb. 23 at 7 p.m., following the weekly House meeting.

The town hall meeting will function as a smaller scale version of the Improve TCU Day, which ran last semester and allowed students to voice their opinions about changes they want to see.

Christina Durano, a broadcast journalism major and interim chair of the Student Relations Committee, said students will likely be more open to voicing their opinions to students rather than faculty.

“Who knows if it will be a success or not?” Durano said. “But we won’t know until we try.”