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Weatherford College goes smoke-free

August 24, 2010 by Randy Keck

When students and staff return to Weatherford College for the fall semester, they'll notice a big change.
WC is now tobacco free on each of its campuses in Weatherford, Mineral Wells and Decatur.

“I think it’s about having a healthier environment on campus for everyone,” said Dr. Kevin Eaton, WC president.

The ban includes all types of tobacco, including chew, dip, or cigarettes and cigars and will be effective through the fall 2010 semester, with a more permanent prohibition pending official approval by the WC Board of Trustees.

Eaton says a committee was appointed to investigate a smoke-free environment, and its members conducted several campus surveys among faculty, staff and students. The results favored a tobacco-free campus.

“The Smoke/Tobacco-Free Committee felt that the health and wellness of our campus community would benefit by moving toward a tobacco-free environment, and administration supported this philosophy,” said Christel Brenner, respiratory instructor and chair of the committee. 

The rules do not apply only to students; the use of any sort of tobacco is prohibited on campus by faculty, staff members and visitors, as well, and pertains to all College facilities, including the Education Center at Mineral Wells and Wise County campus now located in temporary facilities in Decatur.

College officials acknowledge that it is a big a change for some, but say they believe a healthier college all around will create a more appealing and positive college experience.

As the plan is implemented, said Dr. Don Tomas, WC senior vice president of instruction, “we will define and refine the boundaries and limitations inherent in such a ban, and that will take time. I am sure that much leeway will be granted until we get the solid policy in place and approved by our board.”

  The first day of fall classes at WC is Monday, August 30.

Sports Calendar

Monday, March 30

  • Aledo Ladycats at Cleburne, rescheduled from March 31 due to STAAR testing on Wednesday, Varsity 5:30 pm and JV 7:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Bearcats JV at Burleson, 6:00 pm.
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen vs. Burleson at AHS Baseball Field, 6:00 pm.
    Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Burleson, 7:00 pm., Rescheduled from March 31 due to STAAR testing on Wednesday.
    *District Games

Tuesday, March 31

  • Aledo JV at Brock, 4:00 pm.

  • Aledo Ladycats at Cleburne, changed to March 30 due to STAAR testing on Wednesday. *District Game

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Burleson, changed to March 30 due to STAAR testing on Wednesday. *District Game

Thursday, April 2

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats at Cleburne

  • Aledo Ladycats at Joshua, Varsity 5:30 pm and JV 7:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Burleson Hughes at Burleson High School, 4:30 pm

Friday, April 3

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Granbury at AHS Baseball Field, JV 5:00 pm and Varsity 7:30 pm. *District Game
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen at Granbury, 5:00 pm. *District Game

Monday, April 6

  • Aledo Bearcats JV at Cleburne, 6:00 pm. *District Game
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen vs. Cleburne at AHS Baseball Field, 6:00 pm. *District Game

Tuesday, April 7

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats Varsity Black and Orange at District 8-5A Golf Tournament at Squaw Valley Golf Course, Glen Rose.

  • Aledo Middle School at District, Hall

  • Aledo Ladycats vs. Burleson Centennial at AHS Softball Field, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Cleburne, 7:00 pm. *District Game

Thursday, April 9

  • Aledo Varsity at District Tournament at TCU, all day

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