Campus News in Brief

Smart People to resume filming on campus tomorrow

The movie Smart People will resume filming on campus tomorrow. As a result, Frew Street parking will be affected beginning tonight. Parking on Frew will be off-limits after 10 p.m. tonight and all day tomorrow, with an exception for disabled drivers. Regular traffic on the street will continue.

Frew Street is a city parking area, and Carnegie Mellon has no control over permits. According to Sophie Nassif in university marketing communications, the film company went directly to the city to obtain those permits.

For those who are not campus permit holders, parking is available in the East Campus Garage, on Tech Street, and on Schenley Drive.

Additionally, filming will take place tomorrow in Hunt Library, limiting access to the Maggie Murph Café for a few hours.

Task force leading charge to ban smoking by 2010

The university may take steps to prohibit smoking in all campus buildings by 2010, according to a report by the Healthy Campus 2010 Task Force. The group, composed of 25 students, faculty, and staff members, also plans to establish designated outdoor smoking areas away from all university-affiliated academic buildings and residences.

The university’s current smoking policy, last updated in May 2003, bans smoking in campus buildings, shuttles, buses, and campus police vehicles. All university housing buildings prohibit smoking except two off-campus apartment buildings and all Greek housing. Smoking is also not allowed within 20 feet of the entrance to any facility or air intake, although there are currently no repercussions for breaking this rule.

The task force has written a proposal to change the policy, but does not have the authority to revise the policy itself. Instead, the group’s hope is that the circulation of the proposal will stimulate discussion of the issue on campus.

“The discussion will hopefully have some impact on policy and social norms related to tobacco use on campus,” said Anita Barkin, director of Student Health Services and chair of the task force.

The task force proposes to relocate all ashtray holders from building entrances to areas 20 – 30 feet away and impose citations and fines on those who smoke outside of the designated areas. The actual locations will be determined by Environmental Health & Safety. The group also recommends that the current policy be modified to state that smoking in these areas will be prohibited by January 1, 2010, at which point there will be no smoking in all indoor and outdoor areas on campus. Lastly, the task force wants to make all fraternities and sororities non-smoking.

In addition, the group plans to eliminate the sale of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco at Entropy beginning in August 2007. The change will be an effort to prevent students from starting to smoke and promote quitting among those who do smoke. To this effect, the task force plans to expand health education on campus to remind students of the health risks associated with smoking.

The task force has met with Student Senate, Graduate Student Association, Student Dormitory Council, IFC, and Staff Council to discuss the proposal. They will present the proposal at the Faculty Senate meeting tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. in the UC Connan Room and is open to all faculty, staff, and students.

Currently, there are only 29 colleges and universities nationwide that have entirely smoke-free campuses, according to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation. Carnegie Mellon is among the list of 191 institutions who have adopted smoke-free policies in all residential housing, one of eight in Pennsylvania.

“Moving to a 100 percent smoke-free campus community would place Carnegie Mellon in the forefront of the movement,” Barkin said.

Third annual Summit scheduled for January 11–13

From January 11 to January 13, 300 students, faculty, and staff members will participate in the third annual Summit, a three-day program in which they will attend classes, seminars, and workshops on topics in which they are interested but don’t have time to pursue during the academic year.

“Summit is an extremely unique experience,” said Summit President Sandra Ma, a senior in business administration. “Each year, we are constantly growing and striving to improve the Summit experience for our participants.”

Participants attend a course in the same subject all three mornings of the program, and a different class each afternoon. New courses this year include acrylic painting, Flash animation, palm reading, and balloon twisting, along with old favorites such as culinary arts, massage therapy, handwriting analysis, and glassblowing. There are 47 different courses currently scheduled, according to the program’s website. All members of the campus community are invited to propose a course and seek out the necessary materials and instructors, or create a course to teach themselves.

Ma stressed that Summit is open to the entire campus community and attracts students from all areas of the university.

“Participants get to meet a lot of new people they typically would never run into on a normal basis,” she said.

Summit was founded by Ma’s older brother, Roger, who graduated in 2005 with a degree in business administration. The program ran for the first time in January 2005 with 120 participants.

Originally a fifth-year scholars project funded by Student Affairs, Summit is now working towards becoming a financially independent organization. For this reason, the price of the program increased to $45 this year, up from last year’s fee of $36.

“There is more to college than just academics. It’s about learning about yourself and exploring new opportunities,” said Ma. “Everyone should try to attend Summit at least once before they graduate.”