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Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 03/30/2011

Ban on rooftop furniture angers U-Md. students

(Mark Gail — The Washington Post)
The Diamondback editorial was withering this morning. “Ridiculous Regulation” the headline blared in the University of Maryland newspaper. “Nothing short of asinine” and a “clutch of nannies,” the writer raged.

The target of the attack: Obama’s health-care law? The lack of financial industry regulation? No. The College Park City Council and a new buzz-kill ordinance that threatens a school tradition: drinking on rooftops.

The council last week banned placing lawn furniture atop buildings. Violators face a $200 fine for a first offense and $400 for repeated running afoul of the law.

College Park City Council member Marcus Afzali told the U-Md. newspaper the regulation aims to prevent an accident.

“It’s only a matter of time before someone gets injured up there,” he said. “We thought we had to do something to curtail that behavior.”

A student called the ban “unnecessary” and another said rooftops are not just for partying: Students often go up there to study during nice weather.

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