In years past, the administration has made it quite clear, to both students and the general public that the annual smoke-out on the Norlin quad was in no way established or encouraged by the university. Last April 19, a campus-wide email was sent as a reminder to students that, "the 4/20 gathering... is not an officially sponsored university activity. We do not endorse the gathering at any level, or welcome it in any way."
This year, student's inboxes flooded with 4/20-related emails starting on April 3, inviting students "to attend the free Wyclef Jean concert at the Coors Events Center, sponsored by CU Student Government in partnership with Program Council."
By offering the concert as an alternative location for this day's celebration, CU officials have now recognized 4/20 as an official holiday.
As to the belief that 4/20 diminishes the value of a degree, I would ask which of the following sheds a worse light on the university's degree-seeking students; having their public campus be the coincidental gathering point of a political protest against marijuana prohibition? Or, having the university officially designating a concert for students to celebrate what 4/20 represents?
CU's involvement in the halting of 4/20 and the actions they have taken to do so has only perpetuated the perceived "diminished value" of a degree this University.