On May 8, 1977 one arm of Cornell University, the Cornell Concert Commission, did something that made Cornell look really damn cool. It was on that date that the Concert Commission sponsored the Grateful Dead in Barton Hall, resulting in the recording of famous Barton Hall 77 tapes.
Well, thirty-plus hippie dippie years later and the Concert Commission is at it again –– minus Jerry Garcia. This go-around, founding Grateful Dead members Phil Lish and Bob Weir are returning to Cornell’s Barton Hall this Sunday with their new band, Furthur, which means that by weekends start, a lovely batch of Deadheads shall inhabit Ithaca.
But Sgt. Mospan from the Cornell University Police Department will have none of it. He’ll be doing everything in his power to ensure that every building on the Cornell campus is locked so tight that not even a spec from a Deadhead sneeze can enter. Read his wigged out letter after the jump:
This band in part has members from the old Grateful Dead band and will certainly generate an active crowd of what are affectionately referred to as “Deadheads”…Our concern is that this particular group of fans will set up camp wherever they can and will certainly avail themselves to the warmth of any open building. Even if they do not have tickets to the venue, they will still come in the hopes of gaining access to the concert, and they will be seeking shelter from the elements over the weekend.
Please be extra vigilant in securing your buildings this Friday and throughout the weekend. If you have staff working in the buildings over the weekend, please request that they secure their areas and report any persons who look like they may not belong in their building to the Cornell Police at 255-1111 or if an emergency; 911.
Dealing with Deadheads ain’t no joke for the CU Police. However, after reading about an alum’s recollections of the ’77 show in the Cornell Chronicle,
I sold acid and bumper stickers … an eventful and unforgettable day. We broke into the building across from Barton Hall [because] of the snow, 100 or more of us, many tripping, and smoked pot in there until the doors opened.
… we kind of don’t blame the Sergeant.
So Deadheads, if you’re planning on avoiding the Ithacan frozen tundra and reliving your youth, you should prepare your lock picks, axes, hackers, bobby pins (?), or whatever it will take to get you into that building across from Barton Hall. Or CU Police, you could just ease up on the Deadheads. In all honesty, since when did Ithaca –– a town that is home to an organization known as The Association of Leisurely Persons –– care so much about a little smokin’ and tokin’?