Video: Boulder portrayed as drunk-walking capital on 20/20

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Video below.
The most recent episode of the ABC news magazine 20/20 featured a segment about drunk walking, with correspondent Amy Robach declaring that it happens in a certain community pretty much every weekend.

Which one? The piece on view below answers that question with a cut to a bunch of boisterous dudes declaring, "Boulder!"

Not a shock that 20/20 would focus on the home of CU-Boulder, given the university's wild-n-crazy rep. While it didn't crack the Princeton Review's most recent party-school top twenty, it placed first on the publication's "reefer madness" list. Moreover, it recently wound up in third position in a Newsweek/Daily Beast party-school roundup -- based on arrests, strangely enough. And last year, Playboy named CU-Boulder the nation's top party school, for the following reasons:

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The photo accompanying Playboy's party school 2011 list.
CU-Boulder is home to reefer madness. Not only does Boulder have 50 medical-marijuana dispensaries within its city limits, but every April nearly half the university's 24,000-plus undergrads turn out for the annual 4/20 smoke-out on school grounds. Boulder is also a beer drinker's paradise, with four breweries in town. "There are a lot of distractions from school -- snowboarding, mountain biking, super hot girls," says one alum. Literally dozens of world-class ski resorts are a drive away. You know Boulder is a party school because whenever you tell someone that you went there, the first thing they ask is, "Did you graduate?"
Another lure: The May arrest of Zoey Ripple, a recent CU grad who was shot in the hip after drunkenly entering the wrong house. Ripple's case is prominently featured in the 20/20 report.

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Zoey Ripple.
Then again, some of the most raucous package footage of Boulderites partying is of the vintage variety -- including multiple clips showing a Project X-style St. Patrick's Day party this past March -- despite a video crew from the program visiting the city earlier this month. According to CU student sources, assorted Greek organizations on campus were warned in advance that 20/20 was coming to town in the hope of capturing folks too soused to put one foot in front of the other. Hence, the night of ABC's visit was unusually dry.

Not that every son and daughter of Boulder who made the final cut is a model of sobriety. Note the dude who, when asked to name the current president, answers, "Osama bin Laden."

Plenty of CU-Boulder students were pissed at the 20/20 salvo, venting on Facebook and elsewhere about how drunk walking no doubt happens in every major college town on a regular basis, and not just in Boulder -- and they're right. But like it or not, Boulder continues to be known as a partying mecca, making it a predictable target for exposes like this one.

Page down to see the complete 20/20 report, videos of the St. Patrick's Day party featured in it.


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laxx1559
laxx1559

Pfft, at least you arent the drunk DRIVING capitol 

Jean Mott
Jean Mott

drunk walking is INFINITELY THAN drunk driving. It shows much consideration for others.

Patrick Purcell
Patrick Purcell

That's about all I remember from the years I spent there.

Shane Kennedy
Shane Kennedy

I went to school at c.u. And I must admit I did this once our twice myself lol

Ian Williams
Ian Williams

That's how a lot of stories end..or begin...when coming out of the Peoples Republic. As far as 20/20, if they said it than it must be a hyperbolic representation, they need to lower their stimulant intake over there in Gotham's Untruth Towers.

Travis Gann
Travis Gann

better than being the drunk driving capital... at least theyre bein safe

GNU: experience gallery
GNU: experience gallery

When will Fort Collins get the attention we're trying so hard to get up here? I mean, we taught Boulder how to drunk walk. They got nothing on us.

Craig Talbert
Craig Talbert

Nothing wrong with enjoying life responsibly. If it was the drunk driving capitol of the world, that would be bad.

Bob Tyler
Bob Tyler

Drunk and Coked up is the way I remember people there

Jonny D Foxtrot
Jonny D Foxtrot

Absolutely! They should have made it look like a city full of weaving drunks AND stoned trust-fund douchebags!

Bill Knox
Bill Knox

"...make Boulder look like"??? -- all they did was turn a camera on 'em

Joel Bader
Joel Bader

There are plenty of walking drunks in Des Moines, Iowa and Iowa City too. Getting drunk is Iowa's main pastime, unfortunately.

theLUX
theLUX

Could the drunk walkers be any worse than the regular Boulder walkers who just soldier into traffic blindly with the expectation that someone will stop? It nearly causes a morning traffic accident on 28th Avenue when traffic abruptly stops to allow someone to stroll across the road.

dali_O_matic
dali_O_matic

@DenverWestword do you guys have pictures from the odd future concerts?

Winston Varn
Winston Varn

people who believe anything the "New Government owned" media says is dumb.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

 @theLUX 28th Street?  Is traffic abruptly stopping at one of those pesky "pedestrian crosswalks" I have noticed in Boulder?  Do you stare down these militant pedestrians when you are in front?

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