The Observer

Referendum results have USG remain neutral to the tobacco-free policy

Celia Wan, News Editor

April 22, 2016

In the last Undergraduate Student Government (USG) General Assembly of this semester, a resolution was passed based on the recent tobacco-free referendum. Because no majority was achieved in two out of the three questions asked in the referendum, the General Assembly decided to remain neutral on the policy...

About the Tobacco Free Policy

Krishna Mahadevan

April 22, 2016

In response to an opinion piece in the April 15 issue of The Observer by Kate Rasberry on the proposed Tobacco-Free Policy. The author of the opinion piece on the tobacco-free policy begins with a misleading statement, which does not set a great tone for the rest of the column. She implicitly cla...

Editorial: Referendum too close to go tobacco free

Editorial Board

April 15, 2016

The decision that sits before the Board of Trustees is simple: Case Western Reserve University should not go tobacco free. The Undergraduate Student Government’s (USG) referendum results were inconclusive; a 52 to 48 percent vote in favor of tobacco free should not count as approval by the stud...

Results of tobacco free referendum withheld for further review

Celia Wan, Staff Reporter

April 15, 2016

Along with the ballots for the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) elections last week, students also voted on a referendum on the possible tobacco-free campus policy. The full results, which have not been released, are currently under review by the USG Student Life Committee. A summary of the statistics...

Holcomb: Tobacco ban would be unenforceable

Smoking is prohibited in buildings on campus, a policy that may soon extend outside too.

Chandler Holcomb

February 19, 2016

The number of colleges opting to ban smoking on campus has been rising in the past few years. The idea is to limit risks associated with public smoking like second hand smoke and foster a cultural shift to reduce the number of smokers on campus. Out of sight, out of mind, seems to be the idea. Case Western...

USG speakers present on tuition increases, tobacco-free policy

Celia Wan and Aquene Kimmel

January 29, 2016

At the General Assembly meeting of the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) on Jan. 26, two guest speakers spoke about two recent controversial campus issues: tuition increases and the tobacco-free policy. Provost Bud Baeslack discusses tuition increases According to Baeslack, the university...

McKenna: Students were not truly heard during tobacco-free policy debate

Mike McKenna

January 22, 2016

In a Letter to the Editor last week, Vice President of Student Affairs Lou Stark strongly criticized our coverage of the Faculty Senate’s vote to make the campus tobacco-free. Our front page article from the Dec. 4 issue titled “Faculty Senate approves campus-wide tobacco ban without student input”...

Stark: Undergraduate and graduate student and the USG were informed, involved in development of tobacco policy

Lou Stark

January 15, 2016

To the editor, I was disappointed to see the front-page story in the Dec. 4 issue of The Observer claiming a lack of student input on a proposal to make the campus tobacco-free. I rarely respond to articles in the student newspaper, but when facts are ignored and an article is misleading, it is necessary...

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