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the
Talon
William Woods University • Fulton, Missouri
Volume 1, Issue 4
Monday, December 6, 2010
By Nickol Enss
Beckemeier
On Nov. 2 Fulton
voters passed a smoking
ban, formally known as
the Fulton Clean Indoor
Air Act of 2010, with 54
percent approval.
The ordinance, which
will offcially go into
effect Dec. 4, makes it an
infraction, punishable by a
fne up to $50, to smoke in
any place of employment
within the city of Fulton.
This includes any public
place, bars, restaurants,
retail stores, theaters,
convention facilities and
educational institutions,
both public and private.
The ordinance also calls
for smokers to be at least
15 feet from the door of
any business. If anyone
The fundraiser for
Heifer International was a
success, with $760 raised.
This will buy one heifer,
one goat, three rabbits, two
focks of chickens and two
focks of ducks.
Heifer International’s
mission is to work with
communities in developing
countries to end hunger
and poverty and care
for the earth by giving
families a hand-up, not a
hand-out.
With gifts of livestock
and training, Heifer helps
families improve their
nutrition and generate
income in sustainable
ways. Animals provided
are “living loans–in
exchange for their
livestock and training,
families agree to give one
of their animal’s offspring
to another family in need.
The Heifer Challenge
was organized by
the Residential Life
community advisors
and staff.
Both staff and students
dressed as cows to serve
during “chicken fnger
Friday” Nov. 19. The
students had raised in
excess of $150 more than
the faculty/staff by Friday
morning, but the faculty/
staff pulled off the win 10
minutes before the lunch
shift ended.
The He i f er Cha l l enge :
Resul ts are in
!
Fulton passes new smoking ban
Dean of student life, Venita Mitchell, Professor Terry Martin,
and Director of Career Services and Student Transition, Cheree
Meeks dress up to support the Heifer Challenge.
William Woods University Athletics Director Larry
York will retire June 30, 2011, WWU President Jahnae
H. Barnett announced this week. York has served as the
school’s director of intercollegiate athletics since
January 2000.
Continued on page 2
Athletics Director to Retire
is caught violating the
law, the business will be
fned for not enforcing the
ordinance. After a third
offense, a business could
lose its merchant license.
“...It’sgreat,” said Zach
Brubaker, a freshman at
William Woods University,
“because that way you
don’t have to worry
about second-hand
smoke, because second-
hand smoke really is a
health hazard.”
Having a healthy,
smoke-free community
is something that
advocates of the Fresh
Air Fulton group have
been advocating the last
few years.
“I’m thrilled,” said
Fresh Air Fulton organizer
Amanda Stevens, who also
is the wellness program
director at Westminster
College. “We’ve been
working so hard to make
strides…I’m proud Fulton
citizens have shown they
are ready to improve
health in the city.”
Some citizens of Fulton
question whether the law
should have been enforced
on private business
owners.
“I’m not opposed to
there being no smoking
because it will be that way
eventually throughout the
state, but I am opposed
to the fact that they are
taking away the right of
the smoker and owner of
private businesses,” said
Kristel Verges, a waitress
at the Post Offce Bar
and Grill in Fulton. “Our
owner has owned this bar
for 14 years and he should
have the right to decide if
he wants smokers in here
or not.”
Whitney Swaim, a
student at William Woods
University, said, “No one
in my family smokes, but
I still feel like it is taking
away a right. What’s next?
Will I not be able to wear
perfume because people
have allergies?”
As for private
educational facilities,
Venita Mitchell, vice
president and dean of
student life at William
Woods University, said,
“We won’t see much of
a change on this campus
because we already have
a rule against smoking in
the buildings. However
students, faculty and staff
will need to make sure
they are smoking at least
15 feet from any entrance
or operable windows. I
think it is probably the
direction of the state and
a good step for the town
of Fulton.”
Fulton joins Columbia,
St. Louis, Kansas City and
Jefferson City in becoming
smoke free. In fact, 18
locations in Missouri
have a smoking ban that
includes all bars and
restaurants and another 10
have a less-restrictive ban.
As of last month,
27 states have enacted
statewide bans on smoking
in all enclosed public
places, including bars and
restaurants. Altogether,
71 percent of the U.S.
population lives under
a ban on smoking in
“workplaces, and/
or restaurants and/or
bars, by either a state,
commonwealth or
local law.
According to Stevens,
Fresh Air Fulton will
now concentrate on
promoting smoking
cessation programs.
“Our next step is
funding resources for
people who are ready to
quit smoking,” she said.
“We’re working on a
cessation program with the
county health department.”
“I am in support of the smoking
ban. As a person who has trouble
breathing in smoke-flled places,
it will make my experience better
and increase the likelihood of my
going out. I do not see it as limiting
a person’s freedom to choose to
smoke, but as a protection of my
right to breathe without coughing.”
–Amy Folkedaul
“Personally, as a non-smoker, I am
for the ban because my health is
very important to me.”
–Bryan Temme
“I disagree with banning it in a
bar. If you don’t like smoking in
a bar, then don’t go to that bar. If
you don’t want to be subjected to
second-hand smoke, then don’t
go to an establishment that allows
smoking.” – Lacy Gevers
Smoking ban:
Student opinions