Signs, signs Everywhere and not a Ban to See

By Camille Cruz, Scott Burgess, James Cecire, Emma Sugar

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Hofstra students are supposed to think again before lighting up a cigarette on South Campus. But, many don’t. Despite the smoking ban that went into effect last spring, many students continue to light cigarettes on their walk to class.

“The problem with the smoking ban is while people know about it, there’s no one that really enforces it,” said Zoe Hoffman, a resident assistant at Hofstra University. During last year’s winter break, the university sent out emails to all students, notifying them of the smoking ban on the south side of campus. However, by the time students returned to school for spring semester, administration of the ban were scarce.

“It is to be enforced by the appropriate jurisdiction,” said Billy Finnegan, member of the University Senate, which was responsible for the placement of the ban on campus. The ban was first implemented on a trial basis. The university hoped for community policing, but after almost a year, some students are reluctant to participate in the ban and its enforcement.

“I still see people smoking on this side of campus,” said one Hofstra student. After a simple stroll around campus, it is apparent that there is a lack of “non-smoking” signs on the south side of campus, especially in the popular smoking areas. There are “non-smoking” signs located at every entrance to the campus, signs not much larger than a sheet of paper. The location of the signs plays a major role in their effectiveness. If no one sees the signs, how are they going to comply with them?

Many believe the system will continue to be ineffective if there is no new way to implement the ban. With the participation of public safety and an increase in signs in popular smoking areas, the smoking ban could be more operational.

Artist to Watch: @TheRealKingSole

My feature for Tha L Spot Ent. on Queens Rapper King Sole.

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King Sole, hailing from Queens, NY, is definitely an artist to look out for.  King Sole uses lyrical originality laced with smooth beats to demonstrate his ingenuity, not only as an artist, but as a person growing up in this era; where it’s easy to replicate someone else. 

“Through my music I tell a story about a kid coming from poverty,” said Sole, “And that you can do anything you put your mind to, once you have the power to do so.”

Influenced by his tough surroundings, King Sole applies life lessons learned to his music.  He displays versatility in his range, releasing upbeat head knockers like She Selling Dreams ft Dave East, then showing his more tranquil story telling side with Never Wanna Go Back. By not containing himself to one category or style, King Solecontinues to “stay outside the box”. 

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