This year's 4/20 crackdown was considered a "success" by officials because no one was able to smoke marijuana on the Norlin Quad. However, students still managed to smoke on other places around campus and very few students attended the Wyclef Jean concert, especially when he was spotted smoking at 4:20 p.m.

CU spent so much unnecessary money trying to close the campus to the public, but was it really worth it? I know the school's reputation is at stake, but spending such a large amount of money that could be used for better things seems like a better plan. Students should have some say in where their tuition money and taxpayer money goes in order to get the most out of their education and college career.

Claire Kiefer


AN OPEN LETTER TO THE BOULDER COMMUNITY On Sept. 27, 2011, our family was struck by tragedy when our son, a freshman student, suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was struck by a vehicle while crossing Regent Drive on the campus of the University of Colorado.

Thanks to the responsiveness of the local ambulance service, a very skilled neurosurgeon, and a dedicated and capable staff at Boulder Community Hospital, our son survived the accident.

We wish to express our gratitude to everyone involved in his care during the past six months. We had the privilege of meeting and working with many individuals in the community and at the university who provided support and encouragement.


The Boulder Police Department exhibited great professionalism and care in dealing with our family. The University of Colorado has been there for us throughout our journey.

After 41 days at Boulder Community Hospital, our son moved to Craig Hospital in Englewood, which specializes in rehabilitation for spine and traumatic brain injury patients. His journey will be long -- but with the support of family, friends, fraternity brothers and the rest of the community, he will recover to enjoy and live a wonderful life.

He continues to progress in his recovery and we are focused on a return to CU and Boulder in the future.

While the incident dramatically changed our lives, it has made us very thankful for the time we have, for those around us, and for the opportunities that await all of us in the future. As we proceed in the recovery, we will extend and share the kindness and support Boulder has provided by assisting others. Thank you.

The Russum Family