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New ASB members inaugurated in front of Lyceum

Will Strouth / The Daily Mississippian

Family, friends and students gathered in front of the Lyceum yesterday for the inauguration of the new Associated Student Body members and the Student Programming Board.
Kim Dandridge, the first black female Ole Miss ASB president, took her oath of office along with Emmalee Rainey, vice president, Emily Rast, secretary, Rebecca Ruleman, treasurer, Matthew Kiefer, attorney general, Courtney Pearson, judicial council chair, Wil Yerger, director of student programming board, and Kishan Gopal, associate director of SPB.
Before her inauguration Dandridge said she was excited for this moment and that she’s ready to start working tomorrow.
“I’m so honored to have so many people here today to support, and I’m just really ready to get the student body together and promote unity on this campus,” Dandridge said. “I’ve been waiting for this moment — it kinda just hit me that I won the election right now.”
Vice President Abby Olivier stepped in for ASB President Taylor McGraw, who is in New York interviewing for a Teach For America position for next year.
“I was telling Taylor the other day this is my first time to officially step up to take over for him as president, and also officially my last time,” she said.
“I’m excited, but I wish Taylor could be here because a lot of the accomplishments of the past year for ASB go to him.”
Olivier led a quick prayer and offered some comments on the academic year.
“We had a lot of good programs this year, my favorites being Two + 2 and 21 Days of Good. We’re still working on the Green Fund and the possibility of a smoke-free campus,” she said.
“As far as elections go, we saw a lot of improvement from a campaign that had a lot of violations and candidates to one that went completely smoothly and one that had barely any violations.”