Saturday, August 29, 2009

No Flushing in Newark

The News Journal [Delaware]
29 August 2009

Newark (can) flush with returning UD students
City's population doubles today, but the water-pressure legend is a myth


By Newark folklore, today's return of college kids tells locals one thing: You can't flush.

University of Delaware's annual return morphs the town of about 15,000 full-time residents into a college city nearing 35,000, with a proportional rise in plumbing use.

Rick Armitage, UD director of government relations, said he has heard locals couldn't flush the day students come back since he came as a student in 1969. [...]