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Thanks for the ride

Walking through Rogers Park in the pitch-dark night is no smart move. That’s why there’s 8-RIDE, transporting students to and fro in the campus vicinity between 6:30 p.m. and 2 a.m. each night. And when you’re in a rush to get from one campus to the next during peak hours, there’s no more direct means than taking the shuttle down Lake Shore Drive.

Although campus resembled a ghost town over spring break, students of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) were here to show thanks on behalf of the whole student body for the patient and cautious drivers of Loyola’s shuttle services.

The NRHH felt it was “only right” to acknowledge the work of the 8-RIDE and shuttle drivers, who sacrifice long hours for a service students use on a regular basis for safety and convenience, says Kelly Bartusiak, president of the NRHH.

“These men and women not only provide students with a safe form of transportation between campuses during the late night hours but also in a myriad of different weather conditions,” Bartusiak adds.

Colorfully-painted banners that read, “NRHH loves 8-RIDE” and “Have you thanked your shuttle driver today?,” hung from the windows of residence halls over spring break, serving as public thank-you cards for all the drivers. Hand-delivered by members of NRHH, each driver received a work-relevant care package that included a granola bar, a bottle of Gatorade, and a pair of hand warmers that will come in handy on those cold winter nights (if we have anymore).

Paul Kyriakides, the Free Enterprise Systems 8-RIDE coordinator, says the public recognition was “a pleasant surprise for the drivers and greatly appreciated.”

Because of the accessibility and general reliability the shuttles offer to students, Bartusiak says she doesn’t think the drivers get all the credit that’s well deserved from encountering all the “busy, stressed, impatient attitudes on a daily basis.”

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