Apr 03 2012

CU-Boulder Attempts To Squash Annual 420 Rally With Threats, Wyclef Jean Concert & More Threats

via University of Colorado Boulder: Leaders in the CU Student Government are trying their best to squash Boulder’s Annual 420 Rally. CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano explains that “This imposition on the campus significantly disrupts the university’s operations – including teaching, learning and research. It threatens the health and safety of our employees, imposes logistical challenges and expenses, and unfairly taints the reputation of CU-Boulder and the dedicated faculty, staff, students and alumni who are a part of this great institution. It needs to end.”

In an attempt to distract their students from the harmless joys of a 420 celebration the school hopes to pack them into COORS Events Center for a students-only Wyclef Jean concert. CU has announced the “hosting of a concert in the Coors Events Center for CU-Boulder students only – co-sponsored by CUSG and CU-Boulder’s Program Council – featuring singer-songwriter and hip-hop legend Wyclef Jean. Doors open at 2 p.m. and close at 4 p.m. The concert is expected to last until 6 p.m.”

Carly Robinson, CUSG vice president for internal affairs “We are asking students to support us in the effort to protect the reputation of our institution – and do it by attending a great free concert,” said .

CU-Boulder officials are urging students not to participate and reminding them that the consequences of participation “can result in a $100 fine, revocation of a person’s medical marijuana registry card upon conviction, and sanctions against students who receive tickets by CU’s Office of Student Conduct”. The school plans a “large presence of police officers” from CU-Boulder and regional agencies. The Colorado State Patrol will conduct “enhanced patrols on U.S. 36, Colo. 93, the Diagonal Highway and other highways” and The Colorado Department of Revenue’s Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division will have a team of officers deployed throughout Boulder to “monitor medical marijuana centers and ensure compliance with licensing regulations.”

The school would also like to remind students that the federal Clery Act “requires that the university maintain a publicly accessible crime log”. Individuals caught violating CU rules and state or local laws will “have their names posted on the CU-Boulder police website’s daily crime log, which could affect their employment futures.”


UPDATE: The University of Colorado Boulder has announced that it will be closing it’s campus to the public on April 20th. A spokesperson for the University says that the chancellor has the authority to restrict access to the campus because of weather, safety concerns or “disruption.” According to a recent Denver post article, “Those ticketed for trespassing could face up to six months in jail and a $750 fine — stiffer than penalties for being busted with small amounts of marijuana.”


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