Where there’s smoke, there’s litter

Brian Johnston

Editor in Chief

   As an editor for the Gazette, I spend a lot of time on campus. On a given weekday, I probably spend more of my waking time here than at my actual residence.

   It can be said I consider SC4 my “home away from home.” As such, I have a lot of pride in this institution. There’s only one problem: the litter has to stop.

   On a given day, our parking lot is a menagerie of fast food wrappers, empty sports drink bottles, coffee cups and other detritus.

   And then there are the cigarette butts. They’ve swarmed onto our campus like carcinogenic locusts, laying claim to the asphalt. In some buildings, it seems to be a game to see how many discarded cigarettes people can fit between the bricks.

   In the course of polling students to seek out news leads, a majority mentioned the litter situation.  This was often followed by the vague assertion, “somebody should do something.”

   SC4’s administration is doing something. In a recent Board of Trustees meeting, the board voted to change the designated smoking areas on campus. From now on, smoking areas are at least 20 feet away from entrances and exits, in order to mitigate non-smokers having to walk through second-hand smoke.

   And here’s the part where smokers should take note: if students continue smoking wherever they please, and the cigarette butt issue continues, SC4 will “move toward being a smoke-free campus,” according to President Pollock.

   In simpler language, if you keep throwing your cigarettes all over the place, you won’t be able to smoke here at all.

   Most of the time, nobody seems to like it very much when a college administration sets up new rules. We complain, throw around words like “draconian,” and generally resist the change.

   I can’t do that in this case. The administration has my full support in this endeavor, and I’ll personally do whatever I can to help.

   Waste baskets and ash trays are neither rare nor difficult to use. As the Gazette’s photo editor Twana Pinskey put it, “your mother isn’t here to clean up after you.”

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