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On November 12, a petition for a smoking ban on campus was posted on Change.org and by Tuesday, 1,320 people had signed it. Tristan Worthington, a junior at MSU and president of the MSU Anti-Cancer Society, said the goal was to get 1,500 signatures.
The current MSU Smoke-Free Policy bans smoking in any “closed space, regardless of location, except specifically designated private residential space and hotel rooms. Smoking will not be permitted near exits and entrances of buildings, except at a reasonable distance or unless otherwise designated.”
The sale of cigarettes and tobacco is banned on campus as well, according to the policy.
There are many examples of successful smoking bans for Worthington to present to trustees.
According to Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, there are 1,477 completely smoke free college campuses across the country. There were 586 campuses with 100 percent smoke-free campuses as of Oct. 2011 and 446 in October 2010.
In Arkansas, Illinois, Louisiana and Oklahoma, smoking is banned at all public universities. In Iowa, it’s banned at both public and private colleges.
In Michigan, all of the University of Michigan campuses — Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint — ban smoking, as do Central Michigan University, Michigan Technological University, Hope College, Spring Arbor University and 15 community colleges.
For the full article, see Kyle Feldscher, "Smoking ban at Michigan State? Petition garners more than 1,300 signatures", MLive, November 18, 2014.
The Rev. M. Gregory Gentry of Canton broke the world record for the longest sermon on Nov. 18, 1982, after preaching for 97 hours. The stunt helped raised $10,318.86 -- close to $25,000 in today's dollars -- in pledges, which was to go to pay the 5-year-old Canton Cavalry Assembly of God's mortgage, as well as recruit new members for his church.
Source : Zlati Meyer, "Canton pastor's sermon starts Sunday, goes 97 hours", Detroit Free Press, November 18, 2012.
Hank Ballard was born John Henry Kendricks in Detroit on Nov. 18, 1927, though as a performer, he routinely shaved nine years off his age by claiming a 1936 birth date. His father, a truck driver, died when Ballard was 7. Ballard moved to Alabama to live with relatives, but returned as a teenager, having soaked up such disparate influences as church gospel music and Gene Autry, the singing cowboy. In 1953, Ballard was working on the Ford assembly line when he was invited to join a local doo-wop group, the Royals. The group would later change its name to the Midnighters. Ballard, not Chubby Checker, originated the seminal song The Twist along with a dance to go with it. But Chubby Checker had the backing of Dice Clark and the American Bandstand. Music connoisseurs however know the whole story so Ballard was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. The Midnighters would also be inducted as a group later on.
For the full article, see Richard Bak, "Did You Know 'The Twist' Originated In Detroit? TWIST OF FATE: Detroit native Hank Ballard — not Chubby Checker — was the originator of the hit song and dance craze", Hour Detroit, March 2013.
Much to the disappointment of the student body, the football game between the Michigan Agricultural College and Northern Ohio University was cancelled yesterday due to an undending downpour of rain. Snow had been removed from the field, but the unrelenting rain that preceded the game the previous night and morning made conditions unplayable, at least according to the Detroit Free Press of November 18, 1911.
Source : OHIO NORTHERN GAME CANCELED: Heavy Downpour of Rain Makes Playing of Game Impracticable and M.A.C. Calls It Off ...Special to The Free Press, Detroit Free Press (1858-1922); Nov 18, 1911; ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Detroit Free Press (1831-1922) pg. 9. Access restricted to the MSU community and other subscribers.
Wenke Hurt McCann More Than O'Brien In 20th Senate
The presence of former Republican Rep. Lorence Wenke as a Libertarian in the campaign for the 20th Senate District seat was expected to siphon votes away from the campaign of Republican Rep. Margaret O'Brien, but an analysis by Gongwer News Service shows he hurt the Democratic candidate, Rep. Sean McCann, more.
Electoral College Proposal Gets First Hearing, Faces Criticism
A proposal to change the state's winner-take-all Electoral College system for presidential races faced pushback during a House Elections and Ethics Committee on Monday, with a Michigan State University professor saying the state's national reputation would decline under the legislation.
Appeal In Same-Sex Marriage Case Filed With U.S. Supreme Court
A formal request for certiorari in the case of a lesbian couple from Hazel Park who has been blocked from marrying and jointly adopting their children was filed Monday with the U.S. Supreme Court.
Supreme Court Will Hear State Worker RTW, Retirement Cases In January
Two major cases dealing with state workers - one with their retirement benefits and the second with whether right-to-work requirements apply to them - will both be heard by the Supreme Court in January.
VerHeulen Voices Concerns On Senate Gas Tax Hike
Rep. Rob VerHeulen (R-Walker), the chair of the House Appropriations Transportation Subcommittee, said Monday that he has "a number of issues" with the bill passed by the Senate to establish a new percentage-based tax on gasoline that eventually would rise to 15.5 percent.
Supreme Court Refuses To Rehear IBM Tax Case
In a two-line order, the Supreme Court has refused to reconsider a case that state officials once worried could blow an enormous hole in the budget.
Cotter Announces Policy Development Group
Rep. Dan Lauwers will lead a policy development workgroup formed by House Speaker-elect Kevin Cotter to come up with new public policy proposals for the 2015-16 term.
Snyder Set To Lead Trade Mission To China
Governor Rick Snyder leaves on a seven-day trade mission to China this week with plans to promote the state as a tourism and business destination.
Data Systems Work To Track Students To Workforce
State data collections can already track students from K-12 schools into state colleges and universities, plans are underway to expand that tracking through higher education and into the workforce, officials said at a media training session on those data systems Monday.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #53, Report 227, November 17, 2014. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library.
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