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UCSC Reefer Madness! Campus lockdown!
Campus lockdown in anticipation of April 20th
While a bill is currently being introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 5843, Barney Frank D-Mass.) to eliminate all federal penalties for marijuana possession, UCSC administrators have put the campus on lockdown in anticipation of the dreaded 4-20.
April 17, 2008
To: Faculty and Staff
Fr: Executive Vice Chancellor David Kliger
Re: "4-20" Activity
April 20th (4-20) has become known nationwide as the date when people
gather to communally smoke marijuana in an expression of support for the
reform of marijuana laws. In recent years, thousands of people have
gathered on the UCSC campus to participate in this event.
The University does not condone, support or otherwise sanction this
event. The increasingly large crowds that have gathered in recent years
present safety risks for participants, whether students or people not
affiliated with the campus. This activity also violates a number of
campus regulations designed to provide for the well-being of our campus
and neighboring community.
In anticipation of this year's April 20 activity, I have authorized the
implementation of a number of restrictions for this coming weekend,
April 19-20. This communication is intended to alert the community of
the transportation changes, parking restrictions, and other actions that
will limit access to campus.
This advance notification is provided to enable those who have valid
reasons for coming to campus this weekend to adjust their schedules and
transportation plans accordingly:
o The West Entrance to campus will be closed to inbound vehicular
traffic on Sunday.
o The Main Entrance will be open that day, but campus personnel will
restrict vehicular access to people who have UCSC parking permits or who
can show evidence they are attending sanctioned campus events that day.
o Parking permits will be required in all campus lots throughout the
weekend, even in those that typically require no permits on weekends.
The parking restriction will include evening hours on Friday, Saturday,
and Sunday nights. (If you need to park on campus this weekend and do
not currently have a permit, you will need to purchase one by 6 p.m. on
o At our request Metro bus drivers will not bring riders onto campus on
Sunday. The only "campus" stop, coming to and from UCSC, will be the one
adjacent to the Main Entrance on Empire Grade. (If disability
transportation is needed as a result of this restriction, special van
service on campus can be requested at this one bus stop.)
o There will be no on-campus shuttle service during the day on Sunday.
o Empire Grade will be designated as a tow-away zone, and vehicles that
illegally park on Empire Grade during the weekend will be ticketed and
may be towed at the owners' expense. Extra patrols will be on duty to
enforce these restrictions.
o Drivers and passengers who can't prove that they have a legitimate
reason to be on campus on Sunday will be turned away at the main gate.
People can anticipate that there will be delays at the Main Entrance's
Please remember that all UCSC students, staff and their guests are
expected to comply with University policy and federal and state law.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Blumenthal sent the following letter out to all UCSC students. Thought I would do the honors of inviting everyone to UCSC this weekend. This is insane.
April 17, 2008
To: All Students
Fr: Vice Chancellor Felicia E. McGinty, Ed.D
Re: April 20th, 2008
Dear UCSC Students,
UCSC is committed to providing a safe, healthy environment in which our
students, staff and faculty can thrive. To that end, I write to you
regarding a non-University sanctioned event that has become concerning for
our community. Often referred to as "Four-Twenty" or "4/20," this event
revolves around the use of marijuana and other illegal drugs. Over the past
four years, we have seen this non-sanctioned event grow in numbers from
several hundred people to over 5,000 people last year.
This activity has become a concern to the University administration, to our
campus community, parents, prospective students and families, and members
of the greater community. We are particularly concerned about the sheer
number of people who may show up to participate in this event.
Participants in the past have been UCSC students, some middle school and
high school minors, and many non-affiliates with no investment in our
In light of the large number of unplanned people who may arrive on our
campus this weekend, several measures will be implemented to ensure the
safety of the greater campus community. I want to provide all students
with a summary of these measures so that you may plan accordingly in
advance of the weekend. I regret the inconvenience these measures may
o Campus Access and Kiosk Gate Program: The campus will be closed to
non-affiliates during Sunday, April 20. The kiosks at the two entrances to
campus will be staffed from regular Saturday evening hours, beginning at 8
p.m., through all day Sunday, ending, Monday at 6 a.m. Proof of
affiliation will be required, per standard operating procedures. The West
Entrance to campus will be closed to inbound vehicular traffic on Sunday.
The Main Entrance will be open that day, but campus personnel will restrict
vehicular access to people who have UCSC parking permits or who can show
evidence they are attending sanctioned campus events that day.
Students who live off campus and wish to drive onto campus during this
period will need to present both a University Parking Permit and a
Guests attending pre-approved campus events must also have a parking permit
or park in metered spaces.
Drivers and passengers who can't prove that they have a legitimate reason
to be on campus on Sunday will be turned away at the main gate. People can
anticipate that there will be delays at the Main Entrance's kiosk.
o Alcohol and illegal substances: Possession, consumption or sale of
alcoholic beverages and illegal substances are prohibited.
o Guests: Your guests and their behavior on campus are your
responsibility. Violation of federal, state, or University policy by you
and/or your guests, are subject to the Student Code of Conduct. Please
refer to the following web sites for specific detail:
o University Housing Guest Policy: For students who live in
University Housing, the Guest Policy for student residences will be
suspended on Saturday and Sunday night, April 19 and April 20. Residents
will not be permitted to have overnight guests on these evenings.
Exceptions to this restriction should be made in consultation with your
respective Coordinator for Residential Education or Residential Manager.
o Student Behavior: Behaviors that are violations of federal and
state law and University policy, as outlined in the Student Handbook,
including violations related to the possession, consumption, distribution,
or sale of marijuana will be subject to citing by University Police or
referral to the Student Judicial Affairs by Residential Staff, Community
Safety Officers or other campus officials. Please refer to the following
web sites for specific detail:
o Parking: Parking permits will be required in all campus lots
throughout the weekend, even in those that typically require no permits on
weekends. The parking restriction will include evening hours on Friday,
Saturday, and Sunday nights. (If you need to park on campus this weekend
and do not currently have a permit, you will need to purchase one by 6 p.m.
on Friday.) Residential Students who wish to park on campus throughout the
weekend will be required to have a parking permit on your car or you may be
Parking will be strictly enforced on Empire Grade road, campus roads and
all campus parking lots. For safety and welfare of drivers and
pedestrians, any cars parked on Empire Grade road on Sunday, April 20, will
be towed at the owner's expense.
o Campus transportation: Metro bus drivers, at the University's
request, will not bring riders onto campus on Sunday. The only "campus"
stop, coming to and from UCSC, will be the one adjacent to the Main
Entrance. (If disability transportation is needed as a result of this
restriction, special van service on campus can be requested at this one bus
stop.) There will be no on-campus shuttle service during the day on Sunday.
o Vending: Vendors of food and merchandise will not be permitted on
campus, including vending from any of our campus members or groups, without
permission and according to our vending regulations. Please refer to the
following web site:
While these measures may be an inconvenience for many in our community, I
am hopeful that they will assist the campus in managing the sizeable crowd
that may gather throughout the weekend and on Sunday. Again, our goal is
to manage the crowd, discourage behaviors that are policy violations and
address safety risks. I am hopeful that this information will also assist
you in coordinating your plans for the weekend.
Thank you for you time, consideration, and compliance.
This year, 4/20 is on Sunday. Next year, 4/20 is on Monday. Last year, 4/20 was on Friday.
A Portrait: 420 at UC Santa Cruz
UC Santa Cruz 4/20/07
4/20 Santa Cruz 2007
420 Santa Cruz
UCSC 420 Migration
420 (cannabis culture)
HAPPY 4/20!!! Everyone come to Porter Meadow at UCSC for 4/20 to celebrate international marijuana day. Even if you don't smoke come and hang out! i pay too much fuckin money to live here for them to tell me i can't have guests over.
Last year was Epic. If you don't smoke you should at least come to see the spectacle.
I'm going. I'm bringing my drums, and I plan to enjoy myself. I hope to see everyone out en masse... let's dance our asses off...
what would be really funny is if we didn't take any weed at all, so what could they even bust us for?
ah well, I'm gonna go dance and enjoy the out doors with some community.
UCSC administration or not.
Isn't this a bit much? It's imprisoning those people who live on campus and do not have cars. Also, isn't weed supposed to be "lowest priority" in Santa Cruz? Doesn't seem like a low priority when you guys are completely shutting down a campus and screwing over thousands of students all because of a tradition? I'm actually pretty pissed off at the University...
UCSC’s 420 lockdown is not about 420. It is an aggressive action against peaceful assembly. Students vote. In Santa Cruz county more that a decade ago medical marijuana passed by 71% and last year marijuana was declared the lowest priority of the law. UCSC, take a breath!
Among the responsibilities of every institution of higher education, including UCSC is: to uphold the constitution, to protect the rights of each student, not to violate them, and to provide public access to citizens of our community whose taxes support UCSC.
Ask yourself, should UCSC be denying the right to peacefully assemble? When 4000 people assemble in support of a common interest this community takes note. The university seeks to create chaos out of peaceful assembly. Shame on you! We thought we taught our elders better! See: The First Amendment of the Constitution.
We welcome everyone (including all people turned away from UCSC) to our free party to celebrate WAMM's Quinceñera -- 15 years of serving each other with medical marijuana. DIY 4/20 at 4:20pm. Join the revolution of consciousness with us. The Free DIY party begins in the parking lot behind Pearl Alley at Lincoln and Cedar and features: Omega Project, Genea Gjaguar, Clown Burlesque, Radical Cheerleaders, Lisa Dewey, Kinetica, Ariginal and Las Palamitas. Simultaneously for those 21 or over with a valid ID our beloved Club Dakota is donating all proceeds from the door to WAMM and DJ A.D. will be spinning Motown. This event is proudly sponsored by the Santa Cruz Dyke March. Dress as your favorite Superhero/Villian. Peace Santa Cruz.