Student Life and Leadership welcomed Salt Lake Community College students back in a unique way at South City Campus this week.
North Region board members and SLCC Student Association executives chauffeured students to class in the Cash Cart. The golf cart was first manned by Ian Richter, who is the night time chair of the North Region Board.
The Cash Cart game: How it works
“You’ve entered the Cash Cart,” Richter says to new rider and student Jordan Heaton. As Richter leaves the parking lot, he quizzes Heaton on a variety of topics.
“What was Shrek’s wife’s name?” Richter asks before humming the “Jeopardy” theme song.
“Fiona!” Heaton replies.
“Which U.S. president was responsible for delivering the Gettysburg address?” Richter says.
“Abraham Lincoln,” Heaton answers.
Heaton won a “big prize” because he answered two of three questions correctly. He chose one of the coffee mugs from a prize bucket that also contained Megaplex gift cards and selfie sticks.
“I thought it was fun,” says Heaton. He adds that there was a bit of a “shock factor” as he was first approached by the golf cart in the parking lot.
The idea for the Cash Cart originally came from SLCCSA member Tyler Olpin. Student Life borrowed the golf cart from the campus groundskeeper, who uses it for maintenance and cleaning purposes.
In addition to serving as game show host, Richter helps more Cash Cart riders find their classrooms and other facilities on campus.
SLCCSA executive vice president Alex Sletten makes an appearance and takes his turn to host the game. Members rotate throughout the 3-hour shift.
What is the SLCCSA?
“We are here to help students with any concerns or questions they may have,” Sletten says.
Sletten and Richter encourage students to stop by the SLCCSA office with anything they may need. They handle everything such as student event planning or problems with classes. A student senator is assigned to the task and will find out what needs to be done.
“Student senators will find the correct channel to solve the situation,” Sletten explains.
Richter, who is in his second semester as SLCCSA chairperson, says there are benefits to being a part of student government.
“It’s a great opportunity to work with people and see cool events,” Richter adds. He also mentions that the experience is a great way to build a resume.
Anyone interested in learning more about the SLCCSA can go online or visit their offices at the South City, Taylorsville Redwood or Jordan campuses.