Made it into the Michigan Daily!

14 04 2010

I was quoted in an article appearing in the Michigan Daily today concerning the University’s Smoke Free Initiative.

Earlier in the semester, the College Libertarians drafted a resolution to be taken up by the Michigan Student Assembly that called for greater transparency and student involvement with regard to the implementation of the Smoke Free Initiative.  Last night, that resolution finally passed, 26-10.

Allegations of a conflict of interest on U of M President Mary Sue Coleman’s behalf—she earns nearly $230,000/year for sitting on the board of Johnson & Johnson, which just so happens to dominate the domestic market for over-the-counter smoking cessation products—are sexy.  Further, they raise a broader issue about conflicts of interest between public university faculty and corporations nationwide.

But I feel we have a strong case (stronger than any possible conflict of interest case, at least for the foreseeable future) on the personal liberty and student involvement fronts.  We’ll see where this all goes.

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