Boston Students Protest Plan To Track Party Zones

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College students are protesting a Boston plan that would turn over their addresses to police in an effort to track party “hot zones” across the city, the Boston Globe says. Students from at least for universities packed City Council chambers yesterday to denounce the proposal by two members representing neighborhoods heavily populated by college students. The policy targets off-campus students, who number in the tens of thousands in the Boston area. One student said the lawmakers, in an effort to avoid incidents such as the deadly Super Bowl riots this year, are treading on students’ rights. “I believe the ordinance is a violation of students’ privacy,” said Bill Durkin, vice president of the Northeastern University Student Government Association.

The student government is embarking on a voter registration drive on campus through next year, when one of the council members will run for reelection. “Your antics will not fade quickly from our minds,” he said, referring to lawmaker Michael Ross and waving voter registration forms. “We will not be silent; we will come out in droves.”

Link: http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2004/09/24/students_protest_address_registry/

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