Here are five things to put on your Cyclone Radar this week:
1) Of course the top story on campus this week is the VEISHEA that wasn’t. President Leath suspended the 2014 celebration on Wednesday after riots broke out in Campustown Tuesday night and a student was taken to the hospital with a head injury after being struck by a toppling light pole. Naturally, students and alumni were devastated by the news that the events would be canceled — whether they supported the action or not. And now, with the future of VEISHEA as we know it looking bleak, it has become a sad time on campus for all Iowa Staters. Here are some of the comments we have received at the Alumni Association:
“Obviously, VEISHEA contributes to the relaxed atmosphere that may give a few immature students the sense that normal rules don’t apply that week, but there’s no reason to believe these things wouldn’t happen occasionally without VEISHEA.”
“Although we haven’t heard why the VEISHEA riot started or who participated, I would hope that the identified participants would be dealt with swiftly and harshly, depending on the degree of participation, including expulsion from the university.”
“If ISU wishes to continue promoting itself as the birthplace of innovation and the training ground for adventurous problem solvers, we MUST be able to study, mitigate, diminish the likelihood, and cope with the inevitable aftermath of the unpredictable nature of the future.”
“The entitlement to attend college that the population feels now has diminished responsibility, pride, and self-control. We now have several generations of those who give no regard to authority, moral responsibility, nor collegial professionalism. It is time for us to stop giving away the store by dismissing quality entrance requirements and academic as well as social responsibility.”
“ISU replaced the black eye of the riot by doubling down with the black eye of visitors who planned to attend. It’s a lose/lose deal.”
“Stopping planned VEISHEA events (thus flushing months of preparation by many) is a knee-jerk reaction and doesn’t solve the problem. People should be held accountable for their actions no matter the time of year.”
“As is often the case, the irresponsible acts of a few will forever impact the many. President Leath and the Cabinet made the only choice available to them at this moment in time.”
“Don’t punish the masses for the stupidity of the few. Keep VEISHEA.”
“Since it’s become an embarrassment to the university, time to end this. So sad that today’s students have ruined what was a great tradition.”
This is just a sampling of the comments we received, and we encourage you to continue to share your thoughts with us as President Leath organizes his task force to determine the event’s future. We will keep you posted here, in VISIONS magazine, and in ISU News Flash.
2) It wasn’t the VEISHEA parade as you’d think of it, but a group of about 200 students, faculty/staff, and alumni marched Saturday morning in honor of the “true meaning of VEISHEA” and what makes Iowa State great, following along the parade route in a peaceful demonstration. Check out video and an article courtesy of the Des Moines Register. The words of the students interviewed in the video will touch your heart.
3) In lighter, non-VEISHEA news, Sunday’s Ames Tribune published its review of “VISIONS Across America: Portraits of Iowa State Alumni by Jim Heemstra.” We hope you’ll still make it out to the Brunnier Art Museum to see the show before Aug. 9. Catch it by the end of April and you can enter to win a gift basket courtesy of University Museums and the Alumni Association.
4) Tomorrow is the Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression in the Memorial Union from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and it’s a great chance to see what exactly it is that Iowa State students are studying — everything from asteroid deflection to zebrafish. At 3:45 p.m., ISU astronaut-in-residence Clayton Anderson will even present a session on “Science and Space.”
5) At least it has been a pretty good week for one person: Fred Hoiberg. Following a 28-win season that included a Big 12 tournament championship, The Mayor received a $600,000 raise this week. Hoiberg’s name has been mentioned with nearly every NBA job opening of late, so ISU athletics director Jamie Pollard took quick action in hopes of convincing him to stay home at ISU. “We recognize the tremendous accomplishments that have become commonplace during Fred’s tenure,” Pollard said in a released statement. “We play an exciting brand of basketball that has brought Hilton Magic back to life. Equally important, his players have been good students and ambassadors for the institution.”
At least one fellow ISU coach has a personal interest in Hoiberg’s ever-expanding bank account. Speaking at the Cyclone Gridiron Club Spring Game tailgate Saturday, head football coach Paul Rhoads — whose son, Wyatt, is famously taking Hoiberg daughter Paige to the Gilbert High School prom — joked about who would be paying for dinner that night. Hoiberg scored big on the recruiting trail this week as UNLV leading scorer Bryce DeJean-Jones announced his plans to transfer to Iowa State for his senior year, and the Iowa Nice Guy released another edition of the viral video “Love Letters to Fred Hoiberg” — this time featuring Fred himself. With a beard.