Feb. 25th, 2011

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I just had two current students knock on my door, circulating a petition to get a referendum on this year's ballot on whether the borough of Swarthmore should be a dry community or a wet community -- a referendum explicitly designed to overturn the 2001 referendum that Swarthmore would permit the selling of alcohol only on the premises of an inn located on the grounds of a four-year institution of higher learning. In other words, a specifically tailored "College Inn law". Their argument was that the law was serving a special interest by giving that exemption, and that a ten-year-old referendum couldn't be taken to necessarily reflect the opinions of residents now.

I located a Phoenix op-ed about it, but I didn't get any idea from it (nor from the students) whether this was being organized by students, ville residents, owners of other Swarthmore businesses, or what. Had anyone else heard talk of such a referendum, or have any other thoughts on it?

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