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While clouds of marijuana smoke rose from the Redstone Green, nearly hundreds of students

and community members gathered on Virtue Field for a 5K April 20.

The 4/20 event was sponsored by the Wellness Environment program and over 800 people

registered, according to the event’s website.

The event offered a choice to those who may not want to participate in the usual 4/20 festivities,

Wellness Environment director James Hudziak said.

“It’s not about judgement, it’s about options,” Hudziak said.

First­year Casey Bartlett said she was excited to have these options.

“There were so many people there, but I was so happy I went,” Bartlett said.

Many students are excited at the prospects of having this options for years to come, said

LaTasha Magee, an administrative assistant at the the child psychiatry department, who ran in

the race.

“It was the beginning of a wonderful chapter at UVM,” Magee said.

(Left to right) James Hudziak, Wellness Environment director and Mayor Miro Weinberger count down to the start of Wellness Environment 5k April 20.

[/media-credit] (Left to right) James Hudziak, Wellness Environment director and Mayor Miro Weinberger count down to the start of Wellness Environment 5k April 20.

The event was a family affair, she said, and she felt comfortable bringing her children.

Meanwhile students were “lighting up” on the nearby Redstone Green, first­year Zach Graham

said.

The crowd was the size of two large lectures, first­year Kim Henry estimated.

“I would have rather spent it in the amphitheater, it would have a vibe that follows the holiday,”

Henry said.

Police surrounded Redstone campus, first­year Boone Wilson said.

“It was weird that that sort of a thing could happen,” Wilson said “Everyone seemed friendly

[and] happy to be there.”

“I kind of expected it to be more about the smoking for the sake of smoking or making a

statement about something,” sophomore Robert Rice said, “but it ended up feeling more like it

was just a bunch of people that wanted to have a good time together without having to worry

about being stopped.”

Rice described the interactions with police as “pleasant.”

About the Writer
Kelsey Neubauer, Former Editor-in-chief
Kelsey Neubauer is a junior at the University of Vermont, majoring in English. Kelsey joined in January 2015. In October 2016, she was made the Editor-in-chief. She was a news writer and the assistant news editor for over a year. Kelsey worked with the Enterprise section from October 2015 until August 2016.  She occasionally wrote for...
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