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Ribeaus host holiday open house

President and Mrs. Sidney Ribeau invite the campus community to join them for a holiday open house from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 13) in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Light refreshments will be served.

More guidelines to come on state smoking ban

Campus community members will see new "no smoking" signs posted on building entrances as a result of the statewide smoking ban passed last month. The new law requires that the University utilize a specific sign format and font and post a phone number for reporting violations to the Ohio Department of Health.

Rules pertaining to exactly how far smokers must stay away from building entrances will be developed over the next three to six months by the state health department. Once the rules are formalized and distributed, the University will move all smoking urns to the appointed distance away from buildings.

Issue 5 created a new section in the Ohio Revised Code that requires "public places" and "places of employment" to prohibit smoking, effective Dec. 7.

This is not a new policy for the University, which was among the first nationally to recognize the health hazards of smoking and "secondhand" smoke.

December 11, 2006