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November 8, 2012

This past weekend I had the opportunity to canvass for President Barack Obama with the Ole Miss College Democrats. Mississippi State Rep. Tommy Reynolds provided the transportation to Florida, and once we got there, he provided the inspiration for the volunteers.
I recall him explaining why he drove us 11 hours to campaign in the heavily contested state of Florida.
“I’m in this for my son,” Reynolds said.

October 24, 2012

Let me begin this column with a disclaimer: I am not the kind of writer that typically devotes an entire column to complaining about the parking situation on campus.
Frankly, I always find an ample amount of parking by the baseball fields and behind the Ford Center, and choose to park there leisurely instead of fighting for spots behind the Tad Pad with a hundred other students. Sure, it is a little far from the library and some of my classes, but I don’t mind walking.

September 18, 2012

Issac Astill, director of parking and transportation Services, has designated new commuter parking stalls last week after monitoring the Residential West parking area.

Issac Astill, director of parking and transportation Services, has designated new commuter parking stalls last week after monitoring the Residential West parking area. “There were over 1,300 stalls available, and we’ve only sold about a thousand permits,” Astill said. With close to 300 stalls empty, Astill redesignated those spots for commuters. “That area is the parking lot behind Kinard,” he said.

September 18, 2012

Students who have a temporary injury that need crutches and other mobility aids are not authorized to request the university’s golf carts for class transportation.

Students who have a temporary injury that need crutches and other mobility aids are not authorized to request the university’s golf carts for class transportation. “The university does not have an internal transportation system to help students get from class to class,” Director of Student Disability Services Stacey Reycraft said.

August 29, 2012

Aside from the green line, pedestrians and cyclists face many difficulties crossing Highway 6. With a growing number of students living south along Old Taylor Road, the lack of a suitable crossing point on either of the nearby overpasses (Old Taylor and Coliseum Drive) places pedestrians and cyclists to face either of the bridges and the dangers therein.
The difficulty is that this stretch across the bridge leaves a paltry space between the pedestrian and a thirty-foot drop down to Highway 6.

August 19, 2012

In an effort to make room for the 865 students coming to live on campus in the new residence halls, commuter parking got cut, to the tune of 920 parking spots. Commuter, faculty/staff and resident decals also rose to $85. 

In an effort to make room for the 865 students coming to live on campus in the new residence halls, commuter parking got cut, to the tune of 920 parking spots. Commuter, faculty/staff and resident decals also rose to $85.
In all, resident parking increased by 857 from this past year, still falling short of the total number of students living on campus, and faculty/staff parking has shrunk due to some construction areas on campus.

July 24, 2012

While new head coach Hugh Freeze and Athletics Director Ross Bjork were getting settled into their jobs following highly publicized national searches, another national search was happening under the radar at the University of Mississippi.

 
While new head coach Hugh Freeze and Athletics Director Ross Bjork were getting settled into their jobs following highly publicized national searches, another national search was happening under the radar at the University of Mississippi.

June 19, 2012

 
A local program is trying to erase pocketbook pain for students this summer.

 
A local program is trying to erase pocketbook pain for students this summer. 
The Mississippi Department of Transportation Urban Youth Corps Program, which has given 20 high school and college students jobs so far, is designed to help beautify the community with transportation-related projects while teaching students the value of work and other skills. 

April 30, 2012

The idea of cycling as a mode of transportation may seem absurd to some, but to several Ole Miss students, it is the most convenient and productive way of travel.

 

The idea of cycling as a mode of transportation may seem absurd to some, but to several Ole Miss students, it is the most convenient and productive way of travel.

Not only is biking a great form of exercise, but with gas prices in today’s economy, a bike may be a wise investment. In March of last year, Annalyn Censky of CNN reported that Mississippi families spend at least $402 per month or 13.2 percent of their income on gas. 

April 25, 2012

In August 2008, a six-member committee started planning a transit system for the Oxford community. Four years later, Oxford University Transit continues to grow, implementing new buses and creating new routes to accommodate its increasing number of passengers.

In August 2008, a six-member committee started planning a transit system for the Oxford community. Four years later, Oxford University Transit continues to grow, implementing new buses and creating new routes to accommodate its increasing number of passengers.

What began with five buses and five drivers has become a system with 15 buses and 20 operating employees, thanks to the OUT committee and framework provided by McDonald Transit. The expansion has led to the need for a new transit facility.

April 25, 2012

Getting around Oxford is no easy task if you don’t have your own means of transportation. Several students rely on the OUT system to get to campus and around town, but they are left stranded on the weekends when the buses do not run. Now, thanks to the Associated Student Body and the University of Mississippi Office of Campus Sustainability, transportation is becoming less and less of a problem.

Getting around Oxford is no easy task if you don’t have your own means of transportation. Several students rely on the OUT system to get to campus and around town, but they are left stranded on the weekends when the buses do not run. Now, thanks to the Associated Student Body and the University of Mississippi Office of Campus Sustainability, transportation is becoming less and less of a problem.

February 29, 2012

A city taxi ordinance strengthening liability insurance and licensing requirements has created controversy between city officials and local cab companies in recent weeks.

A city taxi ordinance strengthening liability insurance and licensing requirements has created controversy between city officials and local cab companies in recent weeks.
The tensions reached a new high this past weekend, when the Hotty Toddy Taxi company was cited for failing to display a taxi tag on one of its chartered buses.
Opponents of the law are becoming more vocal about their discontent.
Hamadi Njoroge, owner of Oxford Taxi, said the ordinance will burden small taxi companies and reduce the availability of cab transportation for students.

February 5, 2012

In an effort to improve the overall quality of the program, Rebel Pedals is in the process of switching from day-by-day use to a longer rental goal.
Shannon Richardson, assistant director of campus recreation, said the original day-use Bike Share program was designed to change the bike culture on campus.

In an effort to improve the overall quality of the program, Rebel Pedals is in the process of switching from day-by-day use to a longer rental goal.
Shannon Richardson, assistant director of campus recreation, said the original day-use Bike Share program was designed to change the bike culture on campus.

January 25, 2012

The Oxford Board of Aldermen and the University of Mississippi have initiated updates to the Oxford-University Transit system in the past few weeks. Along with blue, red, yellow and green lines, a purple line will be added to the mix, creating a Saturday route. 

The Oxford Board of Aldermen and the University of Mississippi have initiated updates to the Oxford-University Transit system in the past few weeks. Along with blue, red, yellow and green lines, a purple line will be added to the mix, creating a Saturday route.  
This new purple line will accommodate a very specific, growing issue that has been voiced and observed within Oxford: some transit-dependent people have trouble traveling around Oxford on the weekend when the green and yellow lines do not run.

November 17, 2011

After being put on hold for three years, the Oxford Pathways Project is back on track and ready to add over 11 miles of bike lanes to Oxford streets at a cost of $2.5 million.

 

After being put on hold for three years, the Oxford Pathways Project is back on track and ready to add over 11 miles of bike lanes to Oxford streets at a cost of $2.5 million.

The second phase of the Oxford Pathways will begin construction in January 2012.  

At the Nov. 15 Board of Alderman meeting, the Aldermen approved D. Carroll Construction Co. with the lowest bids. The company plans to have the project completed by Spring 2013.

October 24, 2011

The city of Oxford and the University of Mississippi are making dedicated efforts to make the roads safer and to promote a green initiative. 

 

The city of Oxford and the University of Mississippi are making dedicated efforts to make the roads safer and to promote a green initiative. 

The Oxford Pathways Commission has helped facilitate the planning, creation and enhancement of bike and pedestrian routes throughout the city.

“We hope that each improvement to infrastructure helps new cyclists and pedestrians feel confident enough to bike and walk more frequently through the city of Oxford,” Kate Kellum, a Pathways Commission member, said.

October 23, 2011

Be sure to take extra caution when driving to work or campus Wednesday morning, as the sidewalks become cluttered with elementary- and middle-school children walking to school.

The Oxford School District, in association with the Mississippi Department of Transportation, the city of Oxford, the Lafayette-Oxford-University Pathways Commission and the University of Mississippi School of Applied Sciences, is providing a “Safe Route to School” every Wednesday to help promote healthy alternatives to automobile transportation.

September 29, 2011

The Mississippi Department of Transportation recently delayed the West Jackson Avenue and Mississippi Highway 6 interchange upgrades, as well as the Old Taylor Road roundabouts and the new major thoroughfare on the west side of town. 

 

The Mississippi Department of Transportation recently delayed the West Jackson Avenue and Mississippi Highway 6 interchange upgrades, as well as the Old Taylor Road roundabouts and the new major thoroughfare on the west side of town. 

Last Wednesday, the Associated Press reported that Oxford officials were attempting to set up meetings with state transportation officials to discuss the delays.

September 7, 2011

Oxford University Transit is feeling the effects of the spike in student enrollment this semester.

Students rushing to get to their 8 a.m. classes sometimes find a crowded late bus or, worse, a bus they cannot fit on at all.
According to junior psychology major Charlie Marcum, the overcrowding has become a hassle.

“It makes me definitely not want to ride the bus,” he said. “I have to get up early in order to get to the bus stop early to get to class early so that I can actually get to class.

August 25, 2011

The Oxford Pathways Commission has almost transformed the local community into a cyclist-friendly haven but has now run into a wall. 

 

The Oxford Pathways Commission has almost transformed the local community into a cyclist-friendly haven but has now run into a wall. 

August 23, 2011

With a growing student population, the demands of the O.U.T. bus system have increased, calling for a better facility.  

 

With a growing student population, the demands of the O.U.T. bus system have increased, calling for a better facility.  

July 19, 2011

 

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- LSU committed major violations while recruiting a junior college football player, but won’t be slapped with any postseason bans or future scholarship reductions, the NCAA ruled Tuesday. The governing body decided to place the school on probation for a year and cited a former assistant coach for unethical conduct.

July 18, 2011

 

This fall, Ole Miss students will have two new ways to go green and save money on transportation. Zipcar and Zimride are two unique organizations coming to the Ole Miss and Oxford communities that allow students get where they need to go at fraction of the regular transportation costs. 

June 22, 2011

 

What was supposed to be a seasonal event has become monthly due to popular demand.

The Oxford Art Crawl kicked off this past March and was set to return in August, but requests have brought it back sooner than expected.

Wayne Andrews, executive director of the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, said that the event got a lot of positive feedback and the sponsors and hosts received multiple requests to bring it back early.