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Supportive Tiger

STRIPES director dedicated to campus safety

Published April 25, 2017
Story and photo by Sarah Sabatke

Cody Swanson is used to hard work and long hours as a bioengineering major with minors in math and food science. When Swanson found STRIPES, however, those long nights became dedicated to a larger goal: making campus safer.

Cody Swanson

Cody Swanson, senior, Bioengineering major from St. Louis, Missouri.

STRIPES, which stands for Supportive Tigers Riding in Pursuit of Ensuring Safety, gives students free and confidential rides home on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights in an effort to prevent drunk driving and other late-night dangers. Swanson joined as a general member during his second semester at MU.

“I pretty much found where I wanted to be after the first night of volunteering,” says Swanson, now a senior. “Seeing the people that were there, interacting with them and seeing how great they were, it made me feel like I had found my home at Mizzou.”

After being selected as the “general member of the semester,” Swanson was chosen as a team leader during the fall of his sophomore year, and joined the executive board later in his sophomore year. He was elected director in 2015 and re-elected to serve through December 2016.

“As the director, I’m in charge of managing the executive board, which currently consists of about 10 to 11 people,” Swanson says. “I’m the one in charge of managing day-to-day operations and overseeing that everything’s running effectively.”

In addition to STRIPES, Swanson also worked as a peer adviser and desk attendant with the Department of Residential Life and is a member of Phi Sigma Pi. But he is passionate about STRIPES. Swanson has volunteered with the organization for about 120 nights so far.

“[STRIPES] is where I found the real people that I could enjoy and just hang out with” says Swanson, “so I stayed in the organization, and I’ve loved every night that I’ve done it.”

This story was originally published in the division annual report, 2016 Student Affairs Highlights.

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