Student organization tries to ban smoking on campus

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Senators Amanda Flavin and Melinda Hambrick during Tuesday’s A.S. senate meeting in the Thousands Oaks Room. Photo Credit: Herber Lovato / Assistant Photo Editor

A student organization concerned with the effects of second-hand smoke  presented A.S. with a petition to ban smoking on campus.

The petition presented during Tuesday’s meeting by Campuses Organized and United for Good Health (COUGH) stated CSUN should be a smoke-free campus with the exception of parking areas.

“We’re a student organization that formed on campus in 2008,” COUGH Vice President Marlene Eguizabal said. “We are working towards the same goal (as other health-conscious organizations), a healthier environment.”

According to COUGH President Charleen Mikail, 53,000 non-smokers are killed annually due to second hand smoke and banning smoking on campus would help to reduce this number.

A survey of 191 students, faculty and staff was conducted at CSUN over the summer to test how people would receive the ban on smoking on campus. The survey found 107 in support of no smoking regulations.

Although Mikail did not know how many of those surveyed were smokers, she estimated that at least 50 of them indicated they smoke (cigarettes, hookah or chewing tobacco) at least once a week.

The biggest problem with the current smoking policy, according to Eguizabal, is that it is not enforced and many students do not CSUN has a smoking policy. Mikail said she found many smokers supporting the ban on smoking on campus because it would encourage them to not smoke near the buildings. CSUN student Michael Dilley spoke in favor of the ban, even though he smokes. Dilley compared smoking in public to driving recklessly, saying that if he chooses to risk his life, others should not be forced to be affected by his decision.

COUGH asked A.S. to consider implementing the ban starting in the Fall 2011. They do not know how much this ban would cost, including posting ‘no smoking’ signs around campus.

Petition to reinstate football team presented to A.S.

A petition with 4,000 signatures was also given to A.S. in support of reinstating a university football team by CSUN student Jeffrey Benson.

Many of the signatures were collected during the March 2 protest of the budget cuts. Benson said  this shows students do not mind tuition increases when new organizations and classes are made available to them, but do mind tuition increases when they are met with fewer opportunities.

A.S. President Conor Landsdale said he was not in support of the reinstatement of a campus football team because the swim team was cut last year due to budget cuts, and should have priority if new sports are considered.

Trevor Hotline now on campus

A.S. passed the introduction of the Trevor Hotline on campus.

The Trevor Hotline is a national organization that helps prevent suicide among the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community. CSUN counseling services now incorporates  it into help-line materials and counseling brochures, as well as posting links to the Trevor Hotline website.

VPAC parking resolution causes debate

When there is an event at VPAC, the G3 parking structure is often closed for attendees to park. The resolution acknowledged that the A.S. recognizes efforts made by the police department at CSUN and parking and transportation services,  giving students warning about the closures 24 hours before it takes place, and that A.S. encourages that the warnings continue.

Senator Amanda Flavin proposed a change of wording in the resolution because it could infer that CSUN designates G3 as the official parking structure for VPAC events. Although the proposal did not pass, it sparked debate. Flavin suggested that attendees of VPAC events suffer the same parking struggles that students face daily, and priority be given back to the students.

 


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  • David the small-L libertarian

    “According to COUGH President Charleen Mikail, 53,000 non-smokers are killed annually due to second-hand smoke and banning smoking on campus would help to reduce this number.”

    Oh gawd, not the 53,000-killed-by-second-hand-smoke myth again! The studies that show such statistics are so flawed and biased that they defy logic.

    Hey Charleen: You’re not gonna die from a whiff of second-hand smoke you encounter whilst walking around on campus! Please name a single person who suffered an injury due to second-hand smoke at CSUN. You MIGHT suffer some health consequences if you live with a chain-smoker in a confined space for an extended period of time. COUGH: I would respect you if you told the truth about the issue and then proceeded with your agenda. Regurgitating flawed data doesn’t cut it.

  • CSUNStudent

    It’s interesting to see students against the reinstatement of the football team because it would raise fees, while these same students are okay with the non-budget-related fee increases we have had in the last few years.

    In budgetary terms, we need the TEA Party to infiltrate student government. Spending should be reigned in and non-necessary fees reduced.

  • Shushufontana

    If the organizations knew that tuitions would increase, I highly doubt that they would support reinstating the football team.

    • Anonymous

      The fee increase information is on every petition. The first thing people usually see are all the numbers that are on it. After reading it, they realize that the fee is extremely small ($25 a semester in the first year for football)

  • Anonymous

    AS Prez. Lansdale is just one voice, just like any other student at CSUN. 4,000 students say they want a vote to bring back football according to the petition presented to the senate and now there needs to be a vote, the AS should take a more democratic stance when students make calls on an issue, especially an issue that has 4,000 student signatures in support of it…… just my 2 centsAS Prez. Lansdale is just one voice, just like any other student at CSUN. 4,000 students say they want a vote to bring back football according to the petition presented to the senate and now there needs to be a vote, the AS should take a more democratic stance when students make calls on an issue, especially an issue that has 4,000 student signatures in support of it…… just my 2 cents

  • Jef Ben

    Plus, the CSUN football team had revenue problems because the so-called stadium looked like little league bleachers. A football stadium needs to built on the old field at Devonshire/Zelzah. There are many ways to get these accomplished if given a chance.

  • Jef Ben

    I really find it disappointing whenever a politician tries to mislead the public. AS Prez Lansdale says that women’s swimming should be given a priority since it was cut last year. With all due respect, the football petition complies with Title 9. It adds 3 women’s teams (lacross, field hockey, and crew). The CSUN adminsitration can easily replace one of those women’s sports with swimming.

    It’s too bad the Sundial did not fact check that and indicate anything about 3 women’s sports that will be added. These 4 sports are the reason why the March 2nd organizers, Black Student Union, Young Democrats, Hermanos Unidos, LGBT community, most fraternities/sororities, etc. support it.

    • Conor Lansdale

      @Jeffrey- Let’s not forget about the CSUN male swimmers.

      I am extremely intrigued as to why “the March 2nd organizers, Black Student Union, Young Democrats, Hermanos Unidos, LGBT community, most fraternities/sororities, etc. support it.”?

      I will also not be as presumptuous as some Bring Back Matador Football supporters are to say that my fellow greek letter-organization members support it, I’m Greek and I do not support it.

      So please go out on campus again and do some Fact Checking of your own, because last time I checked the Sundial only reports on what was said. If it is not included in the article, I would suggest that you outreach to the reporters more extensively next time.

      Conor Lansdale
      AS President 2010-2011

      • Anonymous

        AS Prez. Lansdale is just one voice, just like any other student at CSUN. 4,000 students say they want a vote to bring back football according to the petition presented to the senate and now there needs to be a vote, the AS should take a more democratic stance when students make calls on an issue, especially an issue that has 4,000 student signatures in support of it…… just my 2 cents

      • Anonymous

        Conor, if men’s swimming is so important for you, please start a petition to help bring it back. You’ve never ever advocated for swimming until football started being talked about. You’re just using your political hack playbook to help defeat football. If you are that passionate about men’s swimming, please start a petition because I guarantee you that I can help you volunteer once a week. But as of now, football is front and center along with 3 women’s sports (potentially WOMEN’S SWIMMING)

        I’m sorry that all these organizations want a football team back. The bottom line is that they don’t have to answer to you whenever they make a decision. You’re not a dictator, just a political hack. Whether you are Greek or not is irrelevant because all that matters is if a majority of an organization supports a certain cause. Ask your Pike buddies if they are in favor of football.