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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

Tuesday, September 16

  • AHS Varsity Girls Orange at Mansfield Varsity Invitational, Glen Gardens, 8:00 a.m.

  • AHS Varsity vs. Crowley at Aledo, 3:30 p.m.

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Mineral Wells JH at Aledo MS;
    8C, 5:00;
    8B, 6:00;
    8A, 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are tentative and subject to change. Then length of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

  • Aledo Middle School at Mineral Wells JH, MWHS Ram Stadium;
    7C, 5:00;
    7B, 6:00;
    7A, 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are tentative and subject to change. Then length of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

  • AHS at Everman;
    Varsity, 6:30 p.m.;
    JV, 5:30 p.m.;
    9th A, 5:30 p.m.;
    9th B, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 17

  • Aledo Middle School JHG, JHB at Lipan Meet, 4:45 p.m.

Thursday, September 18

  • AHS JV at Crowley, 4:00 p.m.

  • Aledo Middle School at Weatherford Hall, Weatherford 9th grade center

  • Aledo Middle School at Granbury Acton MS;
    7,8 C - 5:00;
    7,8 B - 6:00;
    7,8 A - 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are subject to change. The lengths of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

  • Trinity Christian Academy JH at Harvest Christian Academy, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, September 19

  • AHS Varsity Boys Black at Bart Granger Memorial, Pecan Valley GC through Sept. 20

  • AHS at Cleburne;
    Varsity, 5:30 p.m.;
    JV, 6:30 p.m.;
    9th A, 6:30 p.m.;
    9th B, 5:30 p.m.

  • Trinity Christian Academy JV vs. CHANT - Christian Homeschool Athletes of North Texas at Aledo Middle School, 5:30 p.m.

  • Trinity Christian Academy Varsity vs. Harvest Christian Academy at Aledo Middle School, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 20

  • Aledo Middle School, A Team Tournament at Weatherford Hall, times TBD

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