P lenty of people saw this coming.
Anyone who has paid close enough attention has realized that University of Colorado president Bruce Benson has been systematically whittling away at this angry monster. A few tickets here, a few overzealous university emails there. But the nail in the coffin came when CU announced last week that the Norlin Quad will be closed entirely and campus will be closed to the public.
Give some credit to the administration. Instead of working against the student body, they took advantage of sympathetic sectors of our campus — such as CU Student Government and Program Council. It was a good idea.
The question now becomes: What kind of void does the vacant Norlin Quad leave to the rest of the world? Coors Event Center will be a pungent clambake for sure. But while CU is conveniently getting high indoors, sheltered from the surveillance of grandmas gawking at the television, disadvantaged people will suffer alone.
No one wants to talk about it, but the reason why 4/20 can be put to bed is because it is OK to discriminate against dirty, grungy hippies. Our elected leaders assisted the administration in framing 4/20 as a party. Students began to see, what can contentiously be called a “protest,” as a crap carnival of stinking degenerates from out of town.
Dozens of kids almost dying from alcohol poisoning after a football game is called school pride. When dirty people do drugs it’s called a problem.
When polled, the vast majority of students said that 4/20 is not a protest. Even when millions of people watched us on television, and realized that people could smoke pot and still have enough brain cells to pass a college class, we had no idea that we were contributing to the legalization movement.
In the end, we got exactly what we deserved. We will exhale plumes of marijuana at Wyclef Jean on Friday and the public will not know any differently. What’s really sad is what will happen to the “riff-raff” — all those people from out of town who did not get the memo.
As we have our party, this marginalized part of society will experience yet another smack down. We should have been proud to host these politically minded individuals who travel miles to take part in democracy on our campus. Being the drum leader of a social revolution is always an uncomfortable role to fulfill. We could have been the activists that will be thanked twenty years from now when marijuana prohibition is over.