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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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Get Involved with National Volunteer Week!!

This calendar week, April 19-25, 2010 is officially known as National Volunteer week celebrating “People in Action“. This year’s theme captures the meaning behind this signature week by honoring the individuals who dedicate themselves to taking action and solving problems in their communities.

Established by President Richard Nixon with an executive order in 1974, it brings together people from all walks of life to make a difference.This year’s Volunteer Week in particularly special, however. It commemorates the one-year anniversary of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, the largest expansion of volunteer service since the 1930s.

There are thousands of opportunities for you to help out around your community and participate, check out some of these local organizations:

“Whether through the workplace or a house of worship, in our own neighborhoods or in another state or country, service binds us together as Americans in a way nothing else can. It defines us as a people, and it is essential to achieving our national priorities”- President Barack Obama

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GSU Theater Break In: My Viral Video

For my Social Media for PR class, we had an assignment to create a viral video for a client of Georgia Southern University for the purpose of recruiting students. I worked with my friend and classmate, Meg Tidmore, and we chose the GSU Theater Department as our client. For “viral’ purposes, we chose to set up our video as if we were breaking into the Center for Art and Theater (CAT).

Check it out!

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Roethlisberger Investigation Continues: “No Assault”

Claims made against Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback  Ben Roethlisberger by a college student on Monday, March 8, 2010 have been denied by Reothlisberger’s attorney Ed Garland. The 20-year-old claimed that the two-time Super Bowl winner sexually assaulted her at a Milledgeville, Georgia nightclub while out barhopping with friends. Roethlisberger has not yet been charged, but is under scrutiny due to previous allegations of rape.

CBS News legal analyst Jack Ford speaking with Harry Smith on The Early Show about Roethlisberger’s lawsuit alleging sexual assault and his consensual contact claim.

Garland stands by the statement: “There was no criminal activity by Ben,” but is refusing to release any other facts until further investigation takes place.

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University Budget Cuts…Keels Take on the Issue

I recently heard about plans for proposed budget cuts for Georgia Universities, which could total more than $300 million dollars state-wide. After hearing this, my immediate reaction was, “I’m so happy I’m graduating!” From my understanding Georgia Southern alone has been asked to cut 14.7 million dollars from their budget in the proposed cuts. This, in addition the original 11 million dollars they were originally asked to cut, comes to about 30% cuts in the money that is provided from the state. THIS made me start to worry.

Even after I walk the stage in May, will these proposed budget cuts affect me later on down the line, should I decided to return for graduate school? I began to think a bit more on the subject, and decided to take a deeper look.

Here is video of Georgia Southern President Keel addressing the budget cut situation:

Throughout the video he is very calm while explaining the situation. He reassured my feelings about the university, as well as eased thoughts that I have about my future. I found this video on the Georgia Southern website, and it did a great job of answering the rumors being started about the university budget cuts, and I think that alone was an amazing show of PR risk management.

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