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; September 6, 1995 TEXAS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY
Debate on smoking continues
Proposal supports non-smoking university
Fort Worth, Texas
By Fransisca M. Ouintanar
■ The Rambler
"To protect all students, faculty
and staff from the risks of smoking,
a smoke free campus is no longer
an option; it js art obligation," said
a aon-smoking proposal submitted
bv Deborah A. Norwood, R.N., and
director of health services to Claire
Graham, interim dean of students
on Aug. 2.
According to the proposal, 3
percent of the annual lung cancer
death toll has been caused by invol-
untary smoking, not to mention
subtle eft eels on the respiratory
health of non-smokers such as
increased coughing, phlegm pro-
duction, chest discomfort, and
reduced vital capacity of the lungs.
I lie non-smoking proposal
"Tiliminating smoking in all
campus buildings including dorm
rooms, all campus events and all
vehicles owned, leased, or operated
by the university;
* Prov ide a program to assist
those who need help with smoking
cessation and to ensure that it is
available repeatedly to those who
' ( 'ontinue to ban the sale of all
tobacco products on campus;
* Prohibit the advertising and
distribution of tobacco products on
campus during organizational fairs
or other university events;-
Tontinue to deny the use of
the school logo on smoking para-
phernalia, such as cigarette lighters
*Join with students in creating
and nourishing a culture and atmos-
phere in which smoking is widely
seen as a socially unacceptable and
* Enact ca mpus" smoking rules
that carry uniform but reasonable
Norwood said that even though
Wcslevan has a no smoking policy
already in some of the classrooms
and buildings, it in no way solves
the problem of second-hand smoke.
"It may decrease our exposure
to smoke, but it doesn't eliminate
it," she said.
Although the non-smoking
policy has been proposed, the pro-
posal Will be taken to the students
first before taken to the board of
"1 think it is a proposal that has
to be supported by the students,"
said Norwood. ,
A student survey is planned to
be given to the students within the
next few weeks by the Student
G ove rn m e n t Associ a t i on.
"When the survey is presented,
I don't like walking into
buildings when I'm not
smoking and come out
smelling like smoke.
Jackie Witsaman, senior
1 wantpto encourage as many stu-
dents as 1 can to take the opportuni-
ty to fill out the survey and really
let us know if they'd support
Wesleyan being a smoke-free com-
munity," said Norwood.
"We really feel like the propos-
al needs to be a student decision,"
said Graham. "This is their campus
center. It's really here for students
and student usage and they're the
ones that need to determine how
they want it to be operated."
If the majority of the students
wanted a smoke-free campus and a
non-smoking policy did go into
effect, the smokers would still be
accommodated at a specific loca-
tion on campus, said Graham.
Graham added that the location
has not been determined yet, The
decision will wait for student input,
but a possibility would be to add
benches and permanent ashtrays to
the Sid Richardson porch on
Although smokers might be
accommodated, some student
smokers are against the proposal.
"It's not right. Sure, they can
regulate the buildings, but they
can't regulate outside. It's free
air," said Elizabeth George, junior,
"I bet the. attendance is going
to drop because they're not going
to allow, smoking on campus,"she
George also said that if the
campus becomes a non-smoking
campus, then students would prob-
ably just break the rules and bring
smoking into the buildings where it
is really offensive.
Kelly Holze, senior, non-smok-
er, said," I don't smoke but 1 really
don't care if smokers smoke
upstairs of the student union build-
ing. You can't smell it downstairs.
What bothers me is when you leave
class like in the Armstrong Mabee
building and you have to walk
through all that smoke."
"I'm one of those reformed
smokers, so it bugs me more than
anything,"said Jackie Witsaman,
senior, non-smoker. "1 don't like
walking into buildings when I'm
not smoking and come out smelling
like smoke," she said.
"It would not surprise me if the
studerits decided that they want it to
be a non-smoking campus when
• restaurants, cities, malls and uni-
versally, most large and small facil-
ities are becoming more and more
non-smoking facilities," said
Dr. Ben Male, mass communications professor, sits in front of computer screen, demonstrating the use of
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By Allison E. Wood
You have yet another research
paper due. Or maybe you have to
give a presentation at work and you
just don t have time to go to the
library and invest hours finding the
right books or magazines, locating
them on the shelves, and finding if
they really do relate to your topic.
Then you have to copy them
down or feed your money into the
, An easier solution? Turn on
your computer and. begin surfing the
Internet. "No way," you say. "1
don't know a thing about comput-
According . to .net magazine,
"Thirty million people use the
Internet worldwide and the figures
are growing at the rate of one mil-
lion users per month." There's
obviously a reason so many people
are connected to the Internet, But
where does a beginner start? How
does one get connected to the
Getting connected through a
university is one of the easiest ways
to gain access to the Internet.
This past summer the Texas
Christian University campus was
rewired with underground fiber
optics cables that will allow the stu-
dents to surf the Internet in their
dorm room, hopefully at the begin-
ning of next year.
Presently the TCU campus is
hooked up through a database in the
library, allowing students to access
books and send e-mail to friends.
This is done through computers in
the computer lab, or on a personal
computer at home.
TCU is allowing Wesleyan to
ride "piggy back" on its system
until Wesleyan can implement its
own Internet system, TCU has
allowed three lines for Wesleyan
staff and faculty use.
The University recognizes the
need for Internet access for stu-
dents. Paula Sanders, circulation
and reference librarian, said, "It's
one of the University's top priori-
ties." Future plans include 56K
lines to each building and a hookup
to the server library, providing a
fiber optic backbone to the
Larry Carver, director of acade-
mic computing and media services,
said students will have full access to
the Internet by fall 1996 or sooner.
Carver said President Jake Schrum
has "a commitment, to getting it
done. It is a top priority."
"The initial phase puts wires in
place, setting up a system by the
beginning of next semester."
Carver added that there will be
"some access to the lab by next
The cost for students is
unknown right now, but Schrum
said he has some ideas on how to
The campus would be hooked
up to a direct line system to the
University of Texas at Arlington
(UTA). Once the school is connect-
ed, every student will be automati-^
cally given an e-mail address and be
allowed to surf the Internet.
Not only can a student access
his or her school's library, but a stu-
dent can access the library of any
educational facility that is connect-
ed to the Internet.
Larger schools, like the
University of Arizona in Tucson,
allow a student to look up a class
that is being offered, see where it is
being held, and how many seats are
still available in the class and then, .
if the class is open, register for it, all
over the computer.
Internet, see page 3
Young's departure raises questions
By Stephen English
After seven and a half years at
Wesleyan as the director of news
and information, Dr Gail Young
left th£ university in mid-June. She
declined to discuss why,
"I loved Texas Wesleyan. but I
really don't want to go into the rea-
sons why I left." Young said. "It is
not something 1 can talk about. It s
not a scandal, though."
Shcrrie Drakeford* director of
communications, also declined to
comment on Young's reason for
leaving Subic Green, vice presi-
dent of advancement, said she
t know why Young left
*i don't know what would
a person want to leave the
it may have been time for a.
personal change for her,"
Young said she currently
resides in Dallas and works at a
marina on Lake Grapevine.
When Young left. Drakeford
was named director and Debbie
Reinhardt assists her as communi-
cations manager. They oversee the
department s function of preparing
news releases, handling media rela-
tions. marketing Wesleyan. and
handling much of the school's
desktop publishing needs, includ-
ing brochures and newsletters such
as Wesleyan Weekly.
Drakeford said the department
will hire a graphics designer to be
In the past, Drakeford
, the graphics component
formed by a student assistant.
When the assistant graduated, a
new one would have to be hired.
The new designer often had a
different style than the predecessor,
"With a publications coordina-
tor, there will he more consistency
in the look of our publications," she
Drakeford credits Young with
introducing the campus to
Macintosh desktop publishing,
which began a publishing "explo-
"She was congenial, hard-
working, and self-motivated," Dr.
Stan Rummcl, professor of reli-
gion, said of Young. Rummcl had
contact with Young when she
taught humanities courses last
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