Student: Why St. Cloud's smoking referendum is a sham

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Student fuming

St. Cloud State University student Jack Lofgren states why he thinks a student referendum on campus smoking is bogus — and unfair:

The Administration said it won’t matter which way the students vote, according to SCSU’s own press release: “Regardless of student feedback, the (smoking) Task Force’s proposal will stay the same.”

The “referendum” only exists to give students the illusion of democracy. …  And why is it that Potter and SCSU’s bureaucracy wants a smoking ban so badly as to disregard the will of the student body, many of whom smoke?

Money. SCSU will receive a grant from MNSCU if our campus becomes smoke-free. So Potter and the Administration care more about making money for the university than the quality of life for students.