4/20 at CU-Boulder: Student leaders looking at all options after concert flop, campus shutdown
Whatever the results of the survey, Schaefbauer says CUSG's goal is to "come up with a long-term solution. And that means we have to ask ourselves if closing the campus is a good long-term solution. And if students decide it's not, then we may need to look at making this year be a little different, and the year after that being even more different -- transforming it into something that includes the entire CU community, rather than excluding them."
Lots of other factors will come into play as well, including the fact that this year's 4/20 falls on a Saturday, when fewer classes will be taking place -- although Schaefbauer stresses that plenty of educational activities happen on the weekends as well. He's also mindful that simply moving the event somewhere else creates problems for others, further complicating the situation. Yet he hopes CUSG will be able to complete its analysis and have a proposal ready sometime next month.
Will CUSG insist that the administration take a new tack to 4/20 in 2013? "Some of that's out of our power," Schaefbauer acknowledges. "But we're going to do everything we can to engage students -- really listen and understand not just how people felt about last year, but how people feel in general about this issue. That way, we can move forward and work with the administration to come up with something sustainable...and make sure it's not part of what this campus is doing."
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