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Board to vote on making quadrangle smoke-free

PARK HILLS – The Mineral Area College Board of Trustees will decide Thursday afternoon whether to make the outside quadrangle smoke-free.

MAC President Dr. Terry Barnes estimates that well over one-third of the students taking classes at the college smoke.

On Thursday, the board will vote on a policy to make the outside quadrangle smoke-free. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Board of Trustees Room.

Barnes said they will not completely eliminate smoking on campus. There will be designated smoking areas such as the north breezeway and the west side of the Arts and Science Building, and the south end of the Technology Building.

Barnes said they will build some simple covered areas at these designated spots.

The quadrangle, the area in between the main buildings on campus, was recently spruced up as part of the 2002 bond issue. However, the project has been funded mostly with private donations. The project is expected to cost about $475,000.

The quadrangle has new, exposed aggregate sidewalks. There will also be a new drainage system so that there won’t be puddles of water on the sidewalks. One area behind the library has been set aside for brick pavers, a Mineral Area College Foundation fund raiser project.

After the improvements are made, there will be two new handicap accessible entrances for students and staff to access the Field House.

The college has purchased patio furniture for the new patio just outside of the Field House’s private dining area. There will be seating for 80 for students to relax and have lunch outside. Before, the area only had one picnic table.

The college will also add flowers and shrubs in between the sidewalks and around the fountain. About 60 small trees will be planted.

The major change in the quadrangle is the addition of a fountain, which was installed by Brookside Waterfall Company and has been up and running for about two weeks. The large rocks used for the fountain came from a field on campus.

With the new improvements, Barnes indicated the college wants to keep the quadrangle in good shape and free of litter. He fears that students who smoke will not be “as kind and respectful” of the quadrangle.

He said the student government completed a survey that indicated students wanted to keep the area smoke-free and they wanted to move the smoking areas on campus.

Barnes said the college may eventually go in the direction of a smoke-free campus. He said Ozark Community Technical College in Springfield has gone smoke-free without any problems.

In December of 1999 the Ozark Community Technical College Board of Trustees passed a Tobacco Free Campus policy which became effective August 1, 2003.

The policy prohibits the use of all forms of tobacco on the property which includes the exterior common areas such as the student plaza and outside entrances to all buildings.

Their reasons for adopting the policy included the presence of secondary students on the college campus every day; unsightly debris littering the grounds; smoky areas at building entrances; community efforts to eradicate tobacco use in public settings; an overall desire to create a safe and healthy environment for students.

Other items on the Thursday agenda include reports on the status of construction projects; the Rand/CAE Collegiate Learning Assessment; student satisfaction survey at the new Fredericktown Outreach Center; and new requirements of criminal background checks for selected education programs.

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