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town and gown

The inhabitants of a college or university town and the students and personnel of the college, as in There used to be friction between town and gown but the new parking lots have eased it . The gown in this expression alludes to the academic robes traditional in British universities. [Early 1800s]
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town and gown

non-members and members of a university in a particular place.
The gown is the academic dress worn by university members, now required only on ceremonial or formal occasions. The distinction between town and gown was made in these specific terms in early 19th-century Oxford and Cambridge, but the traditional hostility between the native inhabitants of the two cities and the incoming students has been a long-standing phenomenon, as is evidenced by the St Scholastica's Day riot in Oxford in 1354 .
See also: and, gown, town
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The Durham Town and Gown 10k is the latest addition to the Town and Gown series, which already sees thousands of runners from Cambridge and Oxford take to the streets for the campaign.
So far the Town and Gown 10k series has raised over PS1 million.
Twelve runners from the centre will compete in the two teams, dubbed the Muscle Maidens and the Muscle Magpies, in the first Muscular Dystrophy Campaign Durham Town and Gown 10k.
The Durham event is the third addition to the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign's Town and Gown 10k series and follows two runs in the historic university cities of Oxford and Cambridge, which to date have raised more than PS1m of charity funding.
There really couldn't be a more fitting region in which to launch the third edition to the Town and Gown 10k series.
The need and desire for universities and their communities to become better dance partners has led to the creation of a nonprofit association focused solely on establishing and enhancing better community relations--the International Town and Gown Association, based in Clemson, S.
My presentation was based on the research I did for my latest book, Town and Gown Relations: A Handbook of Best Practices (McFarland and Co.
Town and gown relations; a handbook of best practices.
For public and school officials, citizens, and students, Kemp, a city manager who has taught at various universities, assembles 55 essays and studies of town and gown relations, or the relationships and practices between cities and schools in the US.
To commemorate the actual anniversary, the college hosted a Town and Gown Conference on Friday in the campus board room.
While historically there has often been conflict, or at least discord, between town and gown, it has become increasingly important for colleges to be actively involved in promoting economic and cultural development within their communities and, more generally, to have a strong, positive influence on the community overall.
Town and Gown in America: Some Historical and Institutional Issues of the Engaged University.
Clearly, IHEs are first and foremost in the business of education, but good town and gown relations are important to that end.