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Letter from the Associated Student Body President, Artair Rodgers

Artair Rodgers | ASB President

Dear Ole Miss Students,

This week is Homecoming Week, which is a special time of the year for the Ole Miss campus.

This year’s theme for Homecoming is “Ole Miss: An Experience that Lasts a Lifetime.”

The Student Programming Board has many events planned for the week; please attend as many events that you possibly can. They are always exciting to attend.

Congratulations to all the maids of the Homecoming court: 2009 Homecoming Queen Hart Wardlaw, Miss Ole Miss Carmen Rae Musgrove and Colonel Reb Steven Nelson.

I know that all of you are excellent representatives of the university.

Today, the Associated Student Body is proud to introduce its newest student initiative - Rebel Pedals, Ole Miss’ Bike Share Program.

Rebel Pedals is an initiative that was sparked from many discussions pertaining to traffic and parking and campus sustainability in previous administrations.

This year, ASB partnered with the Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Campus Sustainability to launch a bike share program to promote a more bike-friendly campus.

To gain access to the bikes, you must sign up for membership to the program. Applications are currently available in the ASB office.

Membership in the bike-share program will grant you access to several bikes that will be housed on campus.

We hope that you use your bike membership to ride these bikes to classes, meetings and other campus activities.

We are currently in the beginning stages of our bike share program.

We ask you all to be patient with us as we deal with the problems that may arise from the bike program in its early stages.

We are looking to provide you with a bike share program that is efficient and accessible for all students, but this takes time.

Thus, we need your input to make this program a success.

In the future, we hope to expand the program. Our desire is that the bike share program will promote using bikes not only for leisure but to become a form of transportation for students to campus.

We have a long way to go to achieve this goal, but this is a start.

The bike program is one of the many ways that we hope to strengthen a culture of sustainability on campus.

Thank you for your support.

Furthermore, the ASB is launching a new contest titled, “1 STUDENT. 1 Student, 1 Idea, 1 Opportunity for Change.”

This contest is to empower students to use innovative ideas to make a difference in the community.

Students Serve is a non-profit organization that provides scholarships to empower students to improve communities.

An individual can request up to $1000 in funding for a community service project. The applications for the contest are available in the ASB office now. Prizes will be given to the winners.

For more information, please contact Director of Community Service Chelsea Caveny at ckcaveny@ olemiss.edu.

Artair Rogers
ASB President