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Colleges Urged to Discourage Students From Attending Festival

February 16, 1995

ATLANTA (AP) _ Presidents and chancellors of 137 historically black colleges are being urged to discourage students from coming to this year’s Freaknik festival.

A letter to college administrators from presidents of the six Atlanta University Center schools, which are also mostly black, said the city can no longer handle the three-day party.

Freaknik attracted 200,000 participants last year, bringing trash, traffic and headaches to town. Fifty-seven people were arrested, mostly for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct, down from 95 the year before.

City officials said they would not issue festival permits for this year’s event, advertised for April 20-23. Without a permit, city services such as electrical hookups will not be provided.

``City officials have informed us that they will strictly enforce all city, state and federal laws,″ said the letter, mailed last month. ``It is not in (your students’) best interest to attend Freaknik 1995.″

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