first_imgThis semester, more travel options are available for students looking for a ride. Following a pilot program last year, Uber is now officially allowed on campus, according to Notre Dame Security Police chief Keri Kei Shibata.Previously, Uber drivers could only pick up students at public access points, like main circle and library circle. Now, they are treated the same as cab drivers and allowed to go directly to student dorms and other locations on campus to pick up students.Shibata said the newness of Uber as a service for students was a red flag for the administration, so they wanted to take a close look at it before fully approving it. After the success of pilot program during the spring semester of 2016, Shibata said Uber proved it should be treated the same as cabs.“It’s just a new program, and we weren’t sure what the impact might be,” she said. “And so we allowed them to come on campus and closely monitored to make sure there weren’t any problems.”The rationale for slowly introducing Uber was more about practical than safety concerns, Shibata said.“It was partially for security and partially because space is limited on campus, and we weren’t sure how large the demand would be,” she said.Shibata said the University allows all cabs licensed by the city of South Bend to access campus and pick up passengers.“If there were any companies we had continuing problems with, we would restrict their access,” she said. “But so far, there haven’t been any.”The rise of Uber has led to some students taking on roles as drivers. Off-campus junior David Connelly said he started driving for Uber after an upperclassmen recommended he try it.“I just drive whenever I’m not too busy, and it’s a good way to make money for study abroad,” he said.While Uber has increased in popularity, Shibata said cabs still remain the most frequent choice for students and can sometimes lead to safety issues because they often cram in more students than they have seats for.“There are some forms of vehicles that are exempt from having a seat belt in every position,” she said.“But regardless, it’s not safe for there to be more passengers than there are seats.”While this practice is not illegal under Indiana State law — which exempts cabs from seat belt requirements, along with other public transportations like buses — Shibata said NDSP wants to discourage this potentially dangerous practice. Because Notre Dame is private property and NDSP is a private police force, cabs can be pulled over and targeted for overcrowding when on Notre Dame’s campus.“When they’re on campus, we have the ability to say that’s not acceptable,” she said.Tags: Cabs, NDSP, transportation, Uberlast_img read more

first_img The new boss believes young players like Jack Grealish must show their worth first before being guaranteed a spot in his team. Garde takes charge for the first time on Sunday when rock bottom Villa host the Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester City. Press Association Grealish, 20, was given a prominent role under former boss Tim Sherwood but has struggled for form this season and Garde insisted the midfielder and others must knuckle down. Garde said: “Jack is among the young players. He will have an important role for Villa. There is quality in other players as well but what is important in football are two things. “The first one is talent, if you’re not talented you have no chance, but talent without hard work is nothing. “In modern football young players seem to be very impatient. Sometimes this is not their fault. This is the fault of the people around them because they play, one, two or 10 games and suddenly they are not good enough to play and everything collapses.” Garde has Micah Richards available after suspension to face his former club while Idrissa Gana could return after being rested. Villa have lost their last seven games and Garde replaced the sacked Sherwood this week in his first role since leaving Lyon in 2014. City are unbeaten in their last eight outings in all competitions but Garde believes Villa can upset the odds and shock the leaders. “Sometimes when you believe what you can do maybe things can turn on your side,” he said. “It’s a tough game to start but they are top of the league and we are bottom. They are unbeaten for eight games and played very well in Sevilla. “I would say we have nothing to lose but we are not going into the game saying we have already lost.” center_img Remi Garde has told Aston Villa’s stars to prove they are up to their relegation fight.last_img read more