SGA passes tobacco-free campus resolution

Taylor Harrison

The Student Government Association’s tobacco-free resolution passed Tuesday night at the SGA’s regular weekly meeting.

Kaylee Egerer, Speaker of the Senate, said the SGA supports the ban “if and only if” the two-year requirement to live on campus is eliminated.

The resolution states: “Imposing a tobacco ban while requiring students to live on campus is unrealistic.”

President Gary Ransdell has reaffirmed that WKU’s Board of Regents won’t consider a tobacco-free campus until all three campus government entities — University Senate, Staff Council and SGA — pass their separate resolutions. University Senate passed a tobacco-free resolution last December, though it didn’t include the same two-year clause as the SGA.

Smoking is already banned in campus buildings and in Bowling Green’s public places. The current movement on campus is to ban tobacco altogether — not just smoking.

Look for more on this story in Friday’s Herald.

Also at tonight’s SGA meeting:

—The senate also approved the SGA Election Codes, which have not been changed from last year.

—Many announcements were made at the meeting, including the possibility of transcript vouchers and the fact that Study Abroad, Scholar Development and Student Teaching Abroad applications are now available.

—SGA Tailgate will take place Oct. 1 before the football team’s game against Arkansas State. Sixty spots are available and will go to the first students to sign up.

—Alternative Fall Break is an event that will allow students to work with Habitat for Humanity in Tuscaloosa, Ala., over fall break. The cost is $25 per student, and there are 10 spots available. Students interested in the trip can contact Hunter Williams.

—Feel Good will take place Wednesday outside of Downing University Center. SGA will be making sandwiches and people will be able to donate money to help end world hunger.