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Truth behind the ordinance

Chris Higgins | Thursday, September 6, 2007

Previous discussion of the so-called South Bend Party Ordinance has largely missed the point. Instead of addressing the important issues which are at hand, the participants in this discussion have resorted to name-calling and using this issue to decry a perceived lack of Notre Dame student activism. Here is where that stops.

The fact is this: The ordinance egregiously violates constitutional free assembly rights (see: the First Amendment) and directly targets a relatively disenfranchised part of the population – that is, non-resident students.

It is for these reasons that I am opposed to the ordinance, and any other legislation that violates my rights as a citizen of the United States.

Chris Higgins

junior

St. Edward’s Hall

Sept. 6