Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
The University of South Carolina is considering a new proposal that would ban smoking on-campus.
The proposal would also mean no lighting up during tailgating events. While it's still in the beginning stages, the university claims it already has broad support for the ban.
Cigarette butts litter the ground outside the International building on USC's campus. If a new proposal is passed, smoking anywhere on the grounds will be prohibited.
"A large portion of our population doesn't use it. Part of that is attributed to the current tobacco policy," said USC spokesman Wes Hickman
Right now, you're not allowed to smoke in buildings or within 25 feet of each building. There are some designated outdoor smoking areas.
Smoking is even allowed on tailgating grounds, but if the proposal were approved all that would change.
"I think it's a good thing for sure but I think it's an individual's choice and as long as they're outside I feel like it should be okay," said USC junior Savannah Walker.
"I frequently walk on campus and there's always someone smoking past me and I really hate it," said USC senior Jeneba Samkin. "I always hold my breath or something. I really hate inhaling smoke."
Hickman says 90 percent of staff and 86 percent of students do not smoke. And he says research shows a vast majority of students would support a campus-wide tobacco ban.
"The task force has already done surveys," Hickman added. "They've done a lot of research both internally and externally."
It's a 40-member task force made up of students, faculty and staff. If approved, signs would be posted and the campus would be educated on where is off-limits.
"It's not about giving people tickets, it's not about arresting people it's not about harassing people, said Hickman. "It's about giving people a gentle reminder that we're trying to create an environment where people can make healthy choices."
"I think it's a great idea," Samkin added. "A lot of students don't like being around smoke. I think the school should really push for that."
The proposal still has a long way to go before a decision is made. There will be public forums to get more student input and parent perspectives.
If approved, Hickman says it would take at least three months to prepare for the ban.
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:58 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:58:33 GMT
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.Prices are about $3.11 in the area on Labor Day, which, when compared toMore >>
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:32:26 GMT
With a severe thunderstorm moving its way through the Midlands, customers across Richland and Lexington counties currently find themselves without power. South Carolina Electric & Gas is reporting overMore >>
Over 4,000 outages have been reported across the Midlands according to SCE&G.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>