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“Town and gown” tensions —a phrase coined by academics—are nearly as old as universities themselves. In one of the most famous examples, a three-day riot in Oxford resulted in 62 students and nearly as many townspeople dead in 1355. The Scholastica’s Day Riot broke out after a dispute about beer in a local tavern. Luckily, today, town and gown conflicts are now mostly fought in the editorial pages of local newspapers.
This week, The Public Record Radio Show, looks at the relations between McMaster University and the surrounding Hamilton community.
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