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Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka addressed a packed house of SU drama students in March at Archbold Theatre, where his epic play Death and the King's Horsemanwas presented by Syracuse Stage. Eleven drama students were among the cast members. The following night, Soyinka delivered the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Public Affairs Lecture, sponsored by the Department of African American Studies. He spoke in Goldstein Auditorium on "Revisionism and the Heirs of Martin Luther King Jr."

cigarette SU has announced that beginning with the fall 2000 semester, all campus residence halls will be smoke free. The policy affects all North Campus residence halls and the three Skyhalls on South Campus. Smoking with the consent of roommates will be permitted in Skytop and Slocum Heights apartments.
      According to Tom Ellett, director of the Office of Residence Life, the decision to ban smoking in residence halls came after several years of discussion, review of other universities' policies, and evaluation of the views expressed by students, parents, and other members of the University community. "I am confident the smoking ban will enhance the health and well-being of all who live in our residence halls," Ellett says. "This change will also bring residence hall policy in line with the University's mission and the Office of Residence Life's goals."
      Representatives of the University's Residence Hall Association, Office of Admissions, Health Services, Housing Office, Parents Office, and Office of Residence Life met recently to discuss the best way to implement the smoke-free policy. "Fall semester 2000 was chosen to provide time for any current students who wish to smoke to move off campus," Ellett says. "All incoming students applying for housing for 1999-2000 have been informed of the new policy. Those who disagree with the policy will have time to make other decisions."


These days William Coplin, director of the Public Affairs Program in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, finds himself in the unusual situation of receiving direction and advice from an SU graduate for whom he once served as academic advisor.
      The alumna in question is Ilene Kalish '92, G'96, an associate editor at Routledge, a publisher of nonfiction, academic, and general readership titles.
How_You_Can_Help      During a visit to campus last year, Kalish stopped in to see Coplin and pitched a possible book idea to him. That idea became How You Can Help: A Guide for Genuine Do-Gooders, scheduled to reach bookstores this summer.
      Coplin found the advisor/advisee role-reversal quite remarkable. "She is setting deadlines and is bugging me to get pages in on time and, even worse, telling me I have to put in more real-world stuff instead of my generalized babble," Coplin says. "As you can imagine, I am having a difficult time with this, and Ilene is having a lot of fun."
      Kalish laughingly confirms that assessment. "There is some degree of haggling, but if I say this chapter should be on this, in the end that's what happens," she says. "Don't get the wrong idea, though; we really enjoy working together. It makes for a better working relationship when the editor and writer already know one another."
      Coplin agrees. "I am learning to be a team player who is not in charge," he says. "Some think that's good for me."

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