Daily Archives: April 21, 2010

NO Smoking!! Colleges Move to Ban Smoking On Campus

Colleges across the country are attempting to snuff out smokers by forbidding the habit on school grounds. Will this help? Only time will tell. According to Time Magazine 365 U.S. colleges and universities have instituted anti-smoking rules both indoors and out within recent years. Of these schools the University of Maine and the University of Kentucky are the most recent. While some are imposing campus bans, others like the University of Iowa are simply trying to assist students with kicking the bad habit. They are offering smoking-cessation programs and providing temporary reimbursement for nicotine patches, gum and prescription medications like Zyban.

Because the entrance of Veazey Hall is where our smoke receptacles are located, that is where the smokers collect in between classes. I’m not excited about having cigarette smoke be the first thing I smell when I leave Veazey Hall, but if the smokers aren’t there, where will they go?

In most places, the issue doesn’t seem to be secondhand smoke. Rather, the rationale for going smoke-free in wide open spaces is a desire to model healthy behavior. Measures such as creating smoke-free buffer zones have been taken by some universities, but these restrictions and bans just seem extremely difficult to carry out to me. My first thought when the word ‘restriction’ comes to mind is who is going to be enforcing it? School’s can threaten to administer fines for caught offenders, but this is pointless if people are not shown that these offenses can be taken seriously. some campuses are so large that the task of merely keeping track of the people who smoke on campus is impossible.

Iowa State University students speak out against the proposed ban on smoking:

If Georgia Southern University proposed a campus-wide smoking ban, how do you think everyone would react?

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Looking to the Future: Survival Guide Ch. 13

For my Social Media for PR class’ week 15 reading assignment we were required to read Chapter 13 from “A Survival Guide to Social Media and Web 2.0 Optimization” about looking to the future in your career with social media.

In this chapter I learned about Lifestreaming, which is  a time-ordered stream of documents that functions as a diary of your electronic life. Every document you have ever created, and every document that has ever been sent to you by another person is apart of your lifestream. They are similar to a blog in that they are chronologically ordered with the collection of information, but their content consists mostly of feeds or “streams” of information from other social sites.

I also learned what a friend feed was. This is a real-time feed collector that consolidates the updates from social media and networking sites, social bookmarking websites, blogs and micro-blogging updates.

The last thing that really caught my interest within the chapter was the information shared about Facebook, and the connection that the site shares with lifestreaming and friend streams. Facebook uses Facebook Connect, which is a place where users can easily share content and their actions with their friends on Facebook. Once these friends access the connect, they can then add their own feed. Facebook will soon launch a “social rank” app where you can see what your ranking among other friends on the same site is.

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