Thursday, October 7, 2010

Letter to Jones Hall House Council

To the members of the 2010-2011 Jones Hall House Council:
It has come to my attention as a Jones resident, that some of the ladies in our building seem to believe that the front “patio” area and stairs were installed for use as their own giant ash tray. Not only is this rude, but it makes Jones as a whole look trashy. It would be my proposition to put in place some sort of ash tray or cigarette butt receptacle in order to contain waste and preserve the cleanliness of an area that we all share, and is often a prospective student’s first view of Jones Hall.
This brings me to my second point. Every morning when I leave for my early classes, I get up, get dressed, grab my textbooks and head downstairs. Upon reaching the front door, I take a deep breath, hold my nose, and plunge into a sea of toxic chemicals and airborne particulate matter. That is my long-winded way of saying that I really hate having to walk through a cloud of cigarette smoke every time I leave Jones. I respect the smokers’ right to give themselves lung cancer, but I would rather they not take me down with them. Also worthy of note: Illinois state law requires smokers to stay at least 30 feet away from the doors of public buildings, a practice which if often ignored by smokers who sit directly around the corner from the door. I would propose a designated smoking area, far enough from the door that those of us who choose not to smoke do not have to be subjected to the hundreds or poisonous chemicals contained in secondhand smoke.
Thank you for your time and consideration. Sincerely:
Larra K Brogdon, Jones Hall 202

Give me your thoughts and/or feelings. Does this sound mature and reasonable? Is it well written? Anything else you can think of. Thanks!


  1. The law is only 15 feet from doors, windows that open, and ventilation intakes. There are also supposed to be signs that say no smoking withing 15 feet.