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UI student government votes not to take a stand on 21 ordinance

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Some University of Iowa students say it's one of the most controversial and relevant issues impacting students this academic school year.

Tuesday night, the University's student government gathered to decide their perspective of Iowa City’s 21 and older ordinance.

“You're not going to change students’ attitudes toward drinking,” said University of Iowa Student Government senator Michael Kessler, adding that students are going to find a way to drink no matter what.

The ordinance prohibits students under 21 years old from entering most bars after 10 p.m. -- a rule that student senator Evan McCarthy agrees with.

“I know what it was like before. I know how much better it's gotten,” said McCarthy. “It seems safer to be downtown, people are willing to bring their families downtown -- it's just a better environment, I think, for the entire university and the city at large.”

While there were strong perspectives on both sides of the issue, the student government decided not to take a side on the issue.

Student leaders said taking a stance would be a detrimental move for the student government.

There will be an ordinance forum Wednesday at the University Capital Center.

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