April 20, 2008. Photo by Melissa Rachel Black.
April 20, 2008. Photo by Melissa Rachel Black.

Talk about a buzz kill.

Many UC Santa Cruz students have been eagerly anticipating the upcoming 4/20 festivities, which take place annually at Porter Meadow. This day in late April represents a proclamation of freedom and a blatant disregard for authority — an unabashed display of thousands of scofflaws who just want to get high.

This year, however, the UCSC administration has contacted the parents or guardians of the UCSC freshman class via e-mail concerning this year’s 4/20 event.

Read more and watch a video of April 20, 2008 after the jump.

Citing the “growth in scale of this activity” as a “concern for both the University and surrounding community,” Vice-Chancellor of Student Affairs Felicia McGinty notified parents about the special rules that will be implemented on the day of the event and the weekend prior to April 20th.

McGinty outlines the special regulations, which include a ban on overnight guests, limited bus service to and from campus, and a notice that all cars illegally parked on campus will be towed on the day of the event.

In addition, McGinty encourages parents and guardians to speak with their student regarding their involvement with marijuana and other drugs.

McGinty stated, “We are concerned about the public use of marijuana and other illegal drugs on 4/20, as such activities can have both personal and community consequences. … I encourage you to talk with your student about his or her plans for 4/20. Ask direct questions about the choices they make and express your expectations regarding marijuana, alcohol or other drug use.”

Questions or concerns for Felicia McGinty can be directed to studentaffairs@ucsc.edu