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Students Staged Weekend Hunger Strike To Protest Housing Conditions

April 14, 1986

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) _ Five students at the University of Maryland ended a three-day hunger strike after school officials promised some changes in their dormitory conditions.

The students had objected to paying full fees for their rooms in Annapolis Hall, contending it was rundown and had cockroaches. Martin Roth, one of the students who drank only water and diet soda until Sunday, said housing officials promised changes during a meeting Friday.

Roberta Coates, director of the Office of Resident Life, said the dorm will be demolished after students are moved to other housing as part of a renovation program.

Part of the dispute centers around when that move will occur. Roth said it had been promised earlier, but Frank Cohn, assistant director of resident life, said there was no firm date. He said the move was delayed because contractors did not finish new dorms on time.

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