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November 26, 2001

Employee Council debates campus smoking issues

By Eric Rangus


Much of the Employee Council’s Nov. 14 meeting in Harland Cinema focused on the issue of smoking on campus. The council is formulating a statement for presentation to the University Senate specifying its recommendations on smoking and non-smoking areas at Emory.

A variety of proposals from all over the University (not just within the Employee Council) have been discussed, including one that would make the campus entirely smoke-free.

One of the guest speakers at the meeting, Glenn Allen, a second-year student in the Rollins School of Public Health, discussed a web-based smoking survey that gauges the effect a smoke-free environment would have at Emory.

“That is not on my agenda,” said council President Bill McBride, referring to the issue of a completely smoke-free campus. “But I am very interested in this survey and how it is being done.”

Allen said he helping put together a report for a self-appointed six-person committee consisting of four employees of the DeKalb County Board of Health and two Emory faculty members—Clyde Partin, professor of health, physical education and dance, and Susan Butler, research assistant professor of behavioral sciences and health education—that will explore changing Emory’s smoking policy, which was introduced in 1988. Allen said he will report to that committee by Dec. 3 and compile a report outlining the committee’s goals.

The survey is available to anyone, but the website was mailed specifically to certain organizations like the Employee Council, University Senate and the Student Government Association.

“We are hoping to get a snapshot of the community,” Allen said.

Council members were encouraged to share the anonymous survey with their constituents.

Continuing the smoking discussion in committee meetings, several plans were discussed. In fact, the special issues committee turned into one large discussion group as members of the communications and membership committees joined in.

While ideas for smoking rooms inside buildings and smoke-free barriers outside entrances were suggested, a consensus agreed that designated, covered areas outside buildings would be the most agreeable solution.

“A lot of people are thinking about this, and they are looking to see what Employee Council comes up with,” McBride said.

Once the council comes up with a concrete plan, it will be formally brought to the floor of the University Senate.

Several other subjects were discussed during the meeting. James Johnson of Facilities Management discussed the Open Space Project, part of the Campus Master Plan. He said 14 Open Space projects are planned through 2005. One that received quite a few questions was the plan to reroute Fishburne Drive to accommodate expansion at the Goizueta Business School.

Julia Leon, co-chair of the special issues committee, discussed servant leadership brown bags, which the council has sponsored for several months. The events have been successful, but she asked for more council participation. One idea would rotate the responsibility for hosting brown bags on a committee basis. It received some support and will be further discussed at the next executive committee meeting.

Finally, Laquanda Jackson, cochair of the membership committee, said she would be accepting nominations for 2002–03 officer positions beginning now and running through Jan. 4. Positions up for election are: president-elect, secretary-elect, treasurer, historian and parliamentarian. Candidate biographies will be distributed at the January meeting, and the election will take place in February. Self-nominations are encouraged.

The next Employee Council meeting will be held Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the Jones Room of Woodruff Library.

If you have a question or comment for Employee Council, send e-mail to President Bill McBride at


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