ASB creates safe ride council

Posted on Apr 8 2014 - 8:22am by Allison Slusher

The Associated Student Body recently created the Students for a Safe Ride Advisory Council as part of an effort to bring a safe-ride system to campus. The former safe-ride system for students, Rebel Ride, suspended its service in October.

The ASB created the council as a way to raise funds for a safe ride as well as to communicate with the student body.

“We have called student leaders from across campus to serve on an advisory board to help rebuild Students for a Safe Ride,” ASB President Davis Rogers said. “This group of students, the Students for a Safe Ride Advisory Council, will be charged with responsibilities such as advertising, fundraising and restructuring for the organization. In essence, they are the students who will provide this campus with the safe-ride program.”

Student Activities Association Director Carly Eason was asked to be a member of the council. She said she hopes the council will be able to work together to bring a safe ride back to campus.

“My hope is that we are able to select a dedicated and diverse group of students who are committed to the future of a safe ride here at Ole Miss,” Eason said.

Council applications were released Monday and can be picked up in the ASB, SAA, Black Student Union and Greek Life offices. The deadline to return these applications is April 16.

Rogers said he plans to see a safe-ride option available as early as fall 2014.

“The program is already building on plans to have a fleet of buses available for the upcoming fall 2014 semester,” Rogers said. “The funds for the spring semester will be imparted as a responsibility of the newly formed student advisory council.”

Rogers said he is looking forward to finding a new transportation option for students.

“The safe-ride program is important to us because it is important to the students,” Rogers said. “It is what the students have asked for, thus we place accomplishing this program as high priority.”

— Allison Slusher