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Sunburn budget brings big artists to LC

Staff Writer

The Pioneer Log News

March 2, 2012

This years Sunburn Music Festival is drumming up an especially high level of anticipation with big-name acts Gogol Bordello, GZA and The Thermals playing. Increased collaboration between KLC and the administration has afforded it a higher budget than is normally spent, and its this change in approach that has allowed for what promises to be an expensive but highly entertaining evening. Sunburn has historically been a KLC event, explained Josh Cohn (12), a manager at KLC. Were given a pretty generous budget at the beginning of the year, and about two-thirds of that goes to Sunburn. KLC is a student-run organization, and planning for Sunburn is usually left in the hands of students. President Glassners decision to contribute extra strategic initiative funds and to become more involved in planning made the ambition of this years event possible. Two years ago, there was a big push to get GZA to come and perform here, but we didnt have the budget then, Cohn explained. The artists present were brought after a lengthy process involving KLCs board members and managers, followed by months of negotiations with the artists themselves, with the bookings finalized several weeks ago. Cohn and manager Tim Howe (12) were able to book the artists with the help of Director of Student Activities Jason Feiner.


My role was to communicate with the artists agents and managers. But it was a true partnership between the students and the administration, said Feiner. Speculation has circulated recently about the cost of Sunburn. While the parties involved in planning the concert have refused to release the budget for the show, estimates found by The Pioneer Log on Pretty Polly Productions website show Gogol Bordello performing for $20,000 to $30,000, The

Thermals for $10,000 to $15,000, and GZA for $7,500 to $10,000. Its not unreasonable to estimate that Sunburn will cost somewhere in the vicinity of your tuition and fees for the year. While funding comes primarily from KLC and Glassners contribution to the strategic initiative fund, the event will also be paid for with the help of ASLC and other groups on campus. There are a lot more moving pieces this year than last year, Feiner said.

The expansion of administrative support and the booking of big-name acts have led to other changes in the event. This year, the festival will take place in the Pamplin Sports Center, instead of in Stamm, due to the larger turnout expected. The event has also been closed to the public, unlike previous years, and only the first three hundred students to claim wristbands will be permitted to bring a guest with them. Students can claim their wristbands early online.

Marijuana legislation debate comes to law school

Staff Writer

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Last Saturday, dozens of activists, lawyers and students gathered at the Lewis & Clark Law School to debate several marijuana law reform initiatives. Sponsored by Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), the events purpose was to narrow the focus of the marijuana law reform movement to a single initiative. After debating the issues and taking a vote, Students for Sensible Drug Policy officially endorsed the Oregon Marijuana Policy Initiative, and will henceforth be campaigning to get the initiative passed on the Oregon ballot this November. Currently, the state of Oregon does not allow the use, sale, transfer or production of marijuana, except for medical usage. The Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA), passed in 1998, allows patients with debilitating medical conditions to use marijuana, provided they get authorization from a doctor and pay a $100 fee to obtain a medical marijuana card. Under OMMA, growers and patients cannot legally profit from the production or transfer of marijuana. OMMA also does not protect citizens from federal prosecution, as marijuana is still a controlled substance under federal law. If passed, the Oregon Marijuana Policy Initiative (OMPI; also known as Citizens for Sensible Law Enforcement and Oregon Initiative #24) would change all of this.

OMPI would amend the Oregon state constitution to allow use, possession and production of marijuana by adults 21 and over, except in actions that endanger children or public safety. OMPI would allow the state to reasonably regulate marijuana use, possession, production, sale or taxation. OMPI would also supersede federal law, allowing citizens to use marijuana without fear of prosecution by the federal government. The overall mood of the conference was genial and upbeat. This

was not a stereotypical group of hippie stoners or shady drug dealersmany of those present at the conference were law professionals, businesspeople and political activists. To them, marijuana is a legitimate form of medicine that should be dispensed in legitimate pharmacies, rather than in dark rooms with Bob Marley posters and beads, as Don Morse of the Oregon Greener Business Bureau put it. Mike Mullins, a representative from the cannabis seed company


Stoney Girl Gardens, claimed that legalization would bring about a new industrial revolution, lowering healthcare costs, creating jobs, generating billions of dollars and effectively rescuing the economy. He noted that the average age of Oregon medical marijuana cardholders is 57, and that marijuana is no longer a one size fits all drug; different strains of the plant can be customized to elicit certain bodily reactions target specific medical conditions. These are not aging hippies looking for a new high, he said during a panel on regulated supply systems. These are normal, Godfearing citizens who discover they can benefit from this particular type of medicine. Chris Van Putten (13), president and founder of LCs SSDP chapter, was present at the conference as well. Right now, there are over 800,000 people who are arrested every year for marijuana offenses throughout the country, he said. In the 21st century, where we deal with so much diversity and so much change in our social and political structures, and in the way that we relate and operate, we absolutely must be addressing these issues. He is confident that OMPI is the right choice. The initiative is a very clear law that voters will be able to vote yes on easily. SSDPs next task is to collect enough petition signatures to put the initiative on Novembers ballot. If passed, the initiative will go into effect in 2013.