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4/20 at CU Boulder: More visitor pass requests for Macklemore show than to protest closure?

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Last month, CU-Boulder announced that it would be closing campus on 4/20 for the second consecutive year -- and attorney Rob Corry, who unsuccessfully challenged the shutdown in 2012, is encouraging Boulderites to take part in Denver's 4/20 rally.

If many of them do so, CU-Boulder could be quiet this weekend. But the campus police force will still be ready for challenges -- including a Friday Macklemore concert that may be prompting more visitor-pass requests than potential protests.

CU-Boulder police spokesman Ryan Huff says that from a law-enforcement perspective, the department's approach "will look very similar to last year" -- meaning that access to the campus will be restricted to students, staff and those who have received visitor passes because they have business on campus Saturday.

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Ryan Huff.
The main difference? According to Huff, "Officers will have index cards that will describe why the campus is closed for the day, why the administration has asked us to be there, and what people could face if they go onto campus if they don't have student, employee or visitor credentials. And there's going to be an e-mail address for the Vice Chancellor for Administration and also a website" -- Colorado.edu/april20, which is already live -- "for more information."

The latter has been added to the mix, Huff notes, "because we got some feedback last year that there wasn't a great avenue to offer complaints, praise, suggestions, comments. So there'll be some additional methods so that people can provide that feedback."

The goal "isn't to put one of those cards into every person's hand," he allows. "But if they have questions -- if they wonder why the campus is closed -- these cards will have all that information on them."

Huff doesn't expect that particular question will come up much given the amount of press the closure has already received, not to mention social-media outreach conducted by the university in the weeks since the announcement. Like last year, moreover, there will be signage on routes leading to the university, as well as along the perimeter of the campus, letting people know that on April 20, CU-Boulder is closed to unauthorized visitors.

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Brittni Hernandez.
Brittni Hernandez, president of Colorado University Student Government, or CUSG, advocated strongly for the cards, as well as for CU-Boulder Police to be aware that some transgender students may not look like the photo on the campus ID cards they'll be asked to show when coming onto campus. Huff says "we don't foresee that being an issue. Our officers are certainly going to be sensitive to that."

As for the question of how many people have applied for visitor passes, Huff puts that number at around 100 -- a very modest total if a group planned to infiltrate the campus for reasons of protesting the closure or staging an authorized 4/20 protest. Not that there are prominent indications such an effort is in the planning stages. "We've seen some traffic on social media about various protests or marches, and we're monitoring that," Huff emphasizes. "But we haven't seen anything to indicate that there will be a large-scale demonstration."

Then again, most of the people who've applied for visitor passes appear to have another event in mind.

Continue for more about the CU Boulder campus closure on 4/20, including photos from last year.


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Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I heard Jesus & his friends hadn't ANY problems w/ obtaining extra visitor passes .

Rumor has it he may use this event to unveil the new, improved 'Bible', w/ more whore beating stories & scarier demons !

Morgan Boyles
Morgan Boyles

Macklemore is the posterboy for sobriety and very outspoken about it. Funny how money will make you sell out.

Ben Barr
Ben Barr

I think a Macklemore is like a Toblerone...

John Pinnick
John Pinnick

Not surprised that the Boulderites would rather go see a six month talent than stand behind a long hard fought battle that still needs representation. I mean they are sudo-hippies or trustafarians after all. No real qualities themselves, just following the herd.

Ken Romero
Ken Romero

@ Gipke Mikel his whole album has broken sales charts, especially for an independent artist who lives in the day of age where people download illegally. I liked the album; more than just one song @ Aaron LeForce he's a rapper from Washington who's career started taking off by supporting Washington states gay rights initiative with his song "Same love" & his hit "Thrift shop". I want to say yes Boulder does because Boulder is pro-gay rights but then I think of the Tyler The Creator concert & that guy says Fag @ least every other word. I just think after closing the campus every1 was just gonna head to the capital. Less hassle I'm betting.

Peter Navarro
Peter Navarro

I swear, that was going to be my comments too. \m/

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Who wants to hang out with a bunch of Puerile Pot Punks suck suck suuuuucking in Public ?

Gipke Mikel
Gipke Mikel

Of course they bring in a cheaper artist to fool the people, and try to keep the peace. I mean he had one good song. Take that back. One alright song.

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

@Morgan Boyles We're all whores.  What's your price?

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

@Jeremiah Williams Are you one of the dumb bitches who would pay $50 for a t-shirt, or are you talking about the other people mentioned in the article?  Words are our friends.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@John Pinnick Ouch! Thanks for the post, John.

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

@Gipke Mikel Actually, it's clear that you've never listened to anything other than what's on 107.5s daily playlist.  His lyrics and sound are comparable to Brother Ali, Atmosphere, Common, etc.  Branch out, dude.  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Gipke Mikel ... stupid stoners are easily fooled - e.g. A64

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