Town-gown friction — that is, conflicts between universities and the surrounding community — are as old as universities themselves. Student revelry, often fueled by alcohol, is not so fun for working folks who have to cope with late night noise, vandalism, public urination and the like.

Suburban neighbors of Towson University, the largest college in the Baltimore area with more than 22,000 students, had long regarded those halls of academe with antagonism, thinking TU had been holding itself blameless if drunken students living off campus had, for example, vomited on their lawn.

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