Here are five things to put on your Cardinal & Gold radar this week:
1) It’s the first day of school! And the first day of college for the class of 2018. Welcome, Cyclones — enjoy your adventure!
2) Last week President Steven Leath challenged ISU Alumni Association president Jeff Johnson to take part in the ALS ice bucket challenge. During the summer ISUAA board of directors retreat, Jeff delivered — alongside board member Ryan York, who also owed some friends an icebath. While there are certainly a preponderance of these videos online, it never really gets old supporting an important cause — or watching some of your favorite Iowa Staters get doused with ice water. And given that temperatures in Ames have been in the 90s over the past week, it’s not really the worst thing one could do.
3) This morning marked the funeral of Ferguson, Missouri’s Mike Brown, who was killed by a police officer Aug. 9. But although Brown has been laid to rest, the controversy surrounding his death continues. CNN’s Anderson Cooper recently caught up with ISU Distinguished Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences Gary Wells, an expert on the reliability of eyewitness testimony who pointed out that although there were witnesses of Brown’s shooting, it is no surprise that their accounts differ and we will probably never know for sure what happened.
4) Want to live in a college town? Livability.com recently made its choice of the best one — and it probably won’t surprise you.
5) In case somehow you didn’t hear, the 2014 Cyclone football season kicks off this weekend. Make a weekend of it by attending the Campustown Action Association’s Campustown FAC (5-9 p.m.) this Friday night and Cyclone Central (8-10:30 a.m.) this Saturday morning before the NDSU game. You can view all of the CyclONE City sculptures and meet the newcomers to the ISU men’s basketball team while you’re there. (Register by Wednesday if you want to eat breakfast with us, too.) Go, Cyclones!