Here are five things to put on your Cyclone radar this week.
1) Last Tuesday Ames voters rejected by a 63-37 margin a bond referendum to finance half the cost of building a new convention center and renovating the Scheman Building on campus. The university had planned to foot the other half of the $38 million bill and manage the convention center if the referendum passed. So what’s next now that the proposal has been defeated? Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau officials say they have no plans to push for another referendum, but back on campus vice president for business and finance Warren Madden says he still believes a $6.5 million renovation of the Scheman Building is necessary. Madden told the Ames Tribune this week that the university is reassessing its options. Stay tuned.
2) We’re big fans of Theaster Gates (’96 community and regional planning, MA ’05 interdisciplinary graduate studies) here at the ISU Alumni Association. He is a past recipient of the College of Design’s Design Achievement Award for his multifaceted design and humanitarian work on Chicago’s south side, and he will featured in the forthcoming “VISIONS Across America” project. It’s also pretty cool that he was featured last Thursday on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report. Watch the interview here.
3) When Oklahoma State star Marcus Smart, one of college basketball’s most notorious in-game actors who famously pulled off a “double flop” in ISU’s triple-overtime win in Stillwater Feb. 3, visited Hilton Coliseum Saturday for a rematch, he was treated to what he called the most unique taunt he’s received all season — a “mass flop” orchestrated by Cyclone Alley. Video of the taunt was shared by national news outlets and earned high marks for creativity. Smart, who took the cheers in stride, fouled out during regulation of ISU’s overtime win but scored 27 points (so apparently the taunts didn’t really get to him). Next up for the ISU men’s basketball team is a trip to Kansas City for the Big 12 tournament. ISU opens play Thursday at 11:30 a.m. vs. Kansas State. If you’re planning to travel to KC to cheer on the Cyclones, check out the Alumni Association website for fan information. We’re planning a big tipoff pep rally Thursday morning at 9 a.m. at the KC Convention Center. (By the way, if the Cyclones and Cowboys both win their opening-round games, the nation will be watching another sure-to-entertain rematch.) Tourney bracket here.
4) You might have already heard last week’s news that Live@VEISHEA headliner Ludacris has backed out of his April 12 campus gig due to scheduling conflicts. The good news, at least for many rap music fans: He will be replaced by T.I., who is best known for the hit singles “Bring Em Out,” “Dead and Gone,” and “Whatever You Like.” To purchase alumni tickets to the Live@VEISHEA concerts, which will also feature Twenty One Pilots, Cris Cab, Cassadee Pope, Jamie Lynn Spears and Sara Haze on Saturday and includes Friday night’s lineup of Timeflies, Andy Grammer, David Cook, Down with Webster, Paradise Fears, and Luke Christopher, visit the ISU Alumni Association website.
5) If you’re an ISU history fan, you may be excited to know — if you didn’t already — about the ISU Library Special Collections Department blog, which is a great place to learn obscure ISU trivia and view vintage ISU photos like this one that was posted last week of Cy with Louis Armstrong from 1966. Pretty cool stuff.