Photos: CU-Boulder slips from top Reefer Madness school, misses party school top ten

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The latest edition of the Princeton Review's annual party schools list is out, and for the second consecutive year, CU-Boulder didn't make the cut -- this despite being named Playboy's best party school as recently as 2011, and finishing third in the Daily Beast's rankings last year. But despite two years' worth of crackdowns on the school's once notorious 4/20 celebration, CU-Boulder still places high on the Review's Reefer Madness list -- although it's slipped from first to second. Details, photos and more below.

CU-Boulder officials have repeatedly shared their hope that closing the campus to outsiders on April 20 will squelch the 4/20 event once and for all, with an adjustment of the school's pot-haven rep a desired side effect. But shut downs in consecutive years, with the 2013 version being particularly uneventful, have yet to make much of an impact on the Princeton Review's reefer-madness category.

Here's the top ten:
1. Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
2. University of Colorado, Boulder
3. Evergreen State College, Olympia, Wash.
4. Eckerd College, St. Petersberg, Fla.
5. University of California, Santa Barbara
6. University of Vermont, Burlington
7. Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
8. University of Oregon, Eugene
9. Pitzer College, Claremont, Calif.
10. University of California, Santa Cruz
In contrast, CU-Boulder makes no appearance on the top ten party schools list:
1. University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
2. University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, Calif.
3.University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Ill.
4. West Virginia University, Morgantown W. Va.
5. Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.
6. University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.
7. Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
8. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wis.
9. Penn State University, University Park, Pa.
10. Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa.
Apparently, though, it must occupy some sort of middle ground, since neither CU-Boulder nor any other Colorado college wound up on the Review's stone-cold-sober-schools roster, either:
1. Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
2. Wheaton College, Wheaton, Ill.
3. College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Mo.
4. Thomas Aquinas College, Santa Paula, Calif.
5. U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.
6. Grove City College, Grove City, Pa.
7. Wesleyan College, Macon, Ga.
8. U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, Conn.
9. U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.
10. Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Taken as a whole, the Review's lists suggest that the CU-Boulder administration is making progress when it comes to recasting the school's rep -- but that progress is mighty slow.

Look below to see photos by Westword's Britt Chester of last year's 4/20 event, when the vibe-harshing began in earnest.

Photo by Britt Chester
Continue for more photos of CU-Boulder's first attempt to shut down 4/20 on campus.

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Steve At Work
Steve At Work

I was under the impression that attending a university was to receive an education and improve one's station in life. If partying is at the top of your list might I suggest saving the tens of thousands of dollars and pitch a tent on a California beach. Oh, and when you're done with "partying", don't forget your name tag and paper hat when you go to work serving those fries.

Matt Baca
Matt Baca

It's like everything people thinks/says about Boulder. It was true years ago, but now it's a liberal Highlands Ranch.

RobertChase topcommenter

This news will warm Chancellor DiStefano's heart -- in just two years and with only about $250,000 (not counting the bribes to the Princeton Review), he has suppressed the 4/20 celebration and driven the school's ranking down.  What will this do to improve the school's academic standing or the competence, actual or perceived, of its graduates?  Absolutely nothing.  Keep on hiring the likes of Ward Churchill -- then firing them out of political expedience -- and keep on frittering away money as though alumni had unlimited amounts, and see where CU gets.

michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Half Aspen Memorable post, Half Aspen. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks.

RobertChase topcommenter

@Half Aspen You are half-something, that is certain.  Never mind what young adults choose to do with their time; using cannabis to excess may impinge negatively upon their education, but it is far less impactful to their health than alcohol or tobacco use.  If the purpose of a University is to teach and to extend the frontiers of knowledge, then spending a quarter of a million dollars (in just two years) to try to suppress a harmless celebration of cannabis on April 20 does not make sense.  For CU to obsess about the use of cannabis marring its image (or in the parlance of the corporate capitalists, its "brand") when its recent history is replete with serious problems caused by alcoholism and its Event Center remains named after a(n inferior) brand of beer is the height of hypocrisy, but perhaps you fail to perceive that.

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