The College Park City Council approved a charter amendment last night that would lower the minimum age for council members from 25 to21, thereby increasing the chances for election of at least one University of Maryland student.
University eeking a greater voice in the city government since the early 1970s, and lawsuits filed by students have blocked council redistricting for several years.
Although the council and a number of students clashed bitterly only six weeks ago about the advisability of an all-student election district--something the students have long sought--last night's 6-to-2 vote was in the students' favor.
"Redistricting is important but ever more crucial is that these people be represented by their own group," said council member Anna Owens, who introduced the charter amendment.er College Park mayor St. Clair Reeves, who noted that similar measures had been repeatedly defeated in the past, enthusiastically endorsed al with a barb at some of his old enemies at the council table: "You could improve on this council if you drop
Despite the general good will, some council members were less than enthusiastic about expanding the studenrtunities. Anthony Yanchulis, who earlier this year was lampooned in a student newspaper editorial cartoon entitled "Anthony Bunkece," asked, "Why don't we just give the city over to the students and start all over?"
The amendment to the city charter will go into eff unless 20 percent of the city's registered voters petition it to referendum. If a petition drive succeeds, thn the election ballot this November.