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On Tue, 8 Nov 1994, Tres English wrote:
 
> >
> >  Here's an interesting sidelight: one of my students is preparing to
> >challenge the university prohibition of IRC on the grounds that such a
> >prohibition is an abridgement of students' constitutional right to
> >freedom of assembly!  A good deal of the debate is likely to turn on
> >whether the NET is more like the physical spaces within buildings -- in
> >which case the university has clear proscriptive authority -- or like the
> >commons area outside, which is traditionally a place where any crowd can
> >assemble and say just about anything.
 
  The notion that somehow First Amendment principles work better outdoors
is so foolish, I can't believe I just read that.  The issue concerns
spaces and property devoted to public discussion.  Whether this takes
place indoors or out makes no difference. vs