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Mercer’s new smoke-free campus policy causes controversy

  Effective January 1, 2013, Mercer is a smoke-free campus. Almost two months since the new smoking policy went into effect, the college community is still trying to adapt to the new environment. Before January 1, students, faculty and staff had access to smoking huts around campus where they would gather throughout the day.  With […]

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Making Mercer a smoke-free campus was the wrong choice

On January 1, 2013, a controversial campus-wide smoking ban took effect at Mercer. When the policy was announced, a few students said they appreciated the idea of a less smoky environment, but the majority either didn’t care about it or were against it. Those who opposed the policy naturally included smokers, but also included students […]

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New smoking ban: right spirit, wrong strategy

Note: This column is part of a point counterpoint debate regarding a new policy to ban smoking on campus. Click here to read the other half.  The good news is smoking has finally been banned from most indoor public places, which is a great start to preventing secondhand smoke, but what about the fresh air? […]

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New smoking ban shows Mercer’s penchant for unenforceable policies

Note: this column is part of a point counterpoint debate regarding the new policy to ban smoking on campus. Click here to read the other half. On March 29, the Student Government Association (SGA) held a meeting to address student concerns about the proposed campus wide smoking ban. Those who attended discovered that  there was […]

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There is no room for community at Mercer

A recent VOICE survey of 30 Mercer students found that only 43 percent felt like they were part of a community at the college. Fifty percent said they felt they had grown as human beings because of the socializing they have done here. By contrast, we conducted the same survey (this time with 35 respondents) […]

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