Thursday, November 10, 2011

ASPLU seeks Veterans Day, tobacco ban input

By Emily Bishop, ASPLU Public Relations Officer

This semester, ASPLU has been advocating that there be a designated recognition of Veterans Day with no class or on-campus work conflicts.

If students wish to attend the service on Nov. 11 in Lagerquist Hall from 12 – 1 p.m., but have a class or work conflict, ASPLU encourages students to discuss this time conflict with their employer or professor and consider attending the ceremony in lieu of commitment.

By attending the ceremony, students can show support for veterans both in and beyond the PLU community and advocate that future years allow for student participation in such events without class conflicts.

Last week, a controversial ban was announced regarding tobacco use on campus. While ASPLU supports PLU’s commitment to health and wellness, such major decisions must be made with the consultation of students, faculty and staff.

As the student government on campus, it is expected that ASPLU acts in the best interest of the student body.

Last year, ASPLU passed a student-backed resolution requesting the enforcement of state laws banning smoking within 25 feet of doors and windows.

As of this year, no further information has been provided to ASPLU or student groups regarding tobacco use, nor was ASPLU consulted concerning whether or not students supported such a ban.

ASPLU will be gathering feedback in the coming months to determine how to represent students’ interest in the tobacco use debate.

In addition to this, ASPLU will be determining why students have not been included in this process and will work with the administration to guarantee that future similar decisions are not made without student input.

If you have opinions on Veterans Day or the new tobacco policy, email your Senators at senate@plu.edu to share your voice. Senate meetings occur every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. This week, the meeting will take place in UC 201.