the Catwalk with FarmHouse
By Libby Noble
brother Dustin White escorts Leslie Howard, left, and Jackie Wahrmund.
Walking across a deserted campus late at night can put anyone
ill at ease. Through a safety escort service, the men of FarmHouse
fraternity are helping make those after-dark trips across campus
FarmHouse has been awarded the University of Kentucky contract
for CatWalk, a program that provides escorts at no charge to people
on campus who would like the security of another persons
According to FarmHouse president Nathan Lawson, CatWalk provides
safety escorts from W.T. Young Library, conveniently located across
the street from the FarmHouse residence, to anywhere else on campus
Sunday through Thursday from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Individuals
can request an escort by calling 323-FREE.
The project fits well with the fraternitys philosophy of
building character and serving others.
Through the years, FarmHouse has been a very service-oriented
fraternity at UK, and we pride ourselves on that. CatWalk is an
opportunity for FarmHouse brothers to build the whole man,
serve the campus and the community, and open their hearts and
minds to helping others in a selfless way, Lawson said.
has proved to be a popular one among the frat brothers. We
have 52 men involved; thats 100 percent participation,
said Lawson. We are good at sharing responsibility.
Three men are on duty during the hours of service: two to escort,
and one to handle the phoned-in requests. Escorts carry a two-way
radio with them during the actual walk.
In an effort
to expand the program, widen its service area, and speed up service,
FarmHouse has requested and received approval for at least one
six-passenger golf cart. Theyve also done some advertising
to promote the service and increase its use. Through matching
funds for advertising, the fraternity has been able to place fliers
around campus and ads in the campus newspaper.
While the fraternity conducts many service projects throughout
the year, this one will prove to be lucrative for the group. Lawson
said FarmHouse will be paid $10,000 to run the program this year.
We submitted our bid application, and we were awarded the
service, he said. Last year, the campus ROTC was in charge
of CatWalk, but lost out in the bid process this year.
Lawson said the fraternity plans to use the income from the CatWalk
services for their future housing needs.