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Save the Celebrations on Franklin Street

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Recently the Chapel Hill Town Council has undertaken discussions regarding closing the Franklin Street celebrations following victories over Duke - as well as the Halloween Festival - and the celebrations following Final Four games. The students are the University. Oh, and by extension, we\'re also the Town. Aside from the State legislature, we\'re the major force funding the University (in conjunction with Alumni, who also partied on Franklin), and we and our families are the force who allow those businesses on Franklin Street to stay open in the first place. And it can\'t be denied that the University has made the Town what it is. We are the driving economic force behind this town and a good portion of the money that the Town Council uses to pay for the clean up they are complaining about comes out of our pockets. We love the celebrations on Franklin Street following big games - and we love Halloween. Chapel Hill was described by Sports Illustrated as the perfect college town and we would tend to agree. We also realize that much of the joy following wins on Franklin will be defining moments of our college careers - and we do not want that taken away. Should these actions persist we will call upon the student population to boycott Franklin Street until the policy reverts back to the original form. We, the undersigned, call upon the Town Council to reconsider any changes in the policies currently on the books. Do not take away the fun, the celebrations, or the company from Halloween - or the celebrations following major victories. We, as students, cherish such fleeting moments as rushing Franklin forever. Please don\'t squash a central foundation of UNC\'s culture and tradition. Thank you.

Sponsor A group of concerned Chapel Hill students and residents.

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