Poll decides fate of BC tobacco policy

Zak S. Cowan, Editor in Chief

The poll to decide the fate of Bakersfield College’s policy toward on-campus tobacco use will be on the ballot when students vote for their new Student Government Association officers for the 2012-13 school year.

According to SGA general counsel Derrick Kenner, who has been the driving force on the issue, the decision to put the poll on the ballot, instead of conducting both separately, was made because it will “get the bulk of students” to participate.

The elections will be conducted online for the second-consecutive year on March 20-21, except this time, SGA will have voting booths set up in the campus center.

The voting booths will be streamlined to the voting site, and students will be notified of the smoking poll as they arrive.

The poll will consist of three policies, which are 100-percent smoke-free campus, designated-smoking areas, and keeping with the state law. The state law prohibits tobacco use within 20 feet of a public building’s entrance.

Look for more on the SGA elections in the Rip as they draw closer.