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Iowa State University Steve Leath said at a news conference Wednesday that VEISHEA is "done" for 2014 after violence erupted Tuesday night. (Photo: Iowa State University Facebook page)
Kurt B. April 10, 2014 at 01:39 pm
As long as you have the set-up the way it is , the outcome will always be a disaster. Campustown,Read More just a block off campus, and loaded with apartments, frat houses, and many many places to buy beer. Should anyone expect anything different than what is happening ? If you move it to another time of year ( say, like July ) the problem will be dramatically smaller, mostly due to the student population being gone. But, in all reality, it will never change when you have the scene that you have there currently. And, the reason this does not happen at the other universities is simple : you don't have the exact set of circumstances there as you do in Ames. But you can bet that anywhere you have college students in large numbers, with an easy supply of alcohol just feet away ..... you've got the ingredients for a similar situation. This is quite embarrassing for ISU, but the whole country should be embarrassed. Unfortunately, it has become part of our culture.
Maria Houser Conzemius April 13, 2014 at 12:24 pm
I am horrified that students and perhaps non-students knocked down a light pole that put an ISURead More student in critical condition when the pole fell on his head. I saw the rioters pulling out stop signs and knocking the pole down. It was clear that those involved had no thought of the potential consequences of their actions. In my opinion, Veisha should be cancelled permanently in honor of those who have been injured as a result of this "celebration," which has been turned into a tawdry riot as a result of drunken hooliganism. Why Ames? Maybe particularly calamitous issues with alcoholism and drugs, even more than in Iowa City or at the University of Northern Iowa.
Marilyn Krocheski April 13, 2014 at 06:08 pm
I think any student involved with the riots should be charged with the crimes they committed andRead More expelled from this university with that record going with them so they won't be admitted to any university, maybe that would stop all riots of this kind......
The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has ruled out arson as a cause of a massive fire that destroyed the historic Younkers building in downtown Des Moines. (Screenshot: Des Moines Register video)
Maria Houser Conzemius April 9, 2014 at 01:14 pm
Someone did something stupid. The sprinkler system was installed but not operational. The securityRead More guard was either absent or asleep, I forget which. Hot work (welding?) had recently been done, yet nobody made sure that the hot work didn't smolder. I remember working as a social worker at the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP) in Iowa City, and KCRG TV reporters came down to deliver Thanksgiving baskets with turkeys and all the fixings to needy families. While they were there, a welder on the Old Capitol dome set fire to the building. The fire was put out, but there was a lot of water damage to the building. An experienced welder told me later that he had called the University of Iowa and told them that welders weren't using safe practices and that the building could catch fire. He was ignored, and the building caught fire. You get kind of tired of seeing national historic sites being destroyed through plain and simple carelessness and negligence. I think that's the case in the Younker's fire, and if it makes me sick I can just imagine how people living in Des Moines feel.
Emergency personnel wheel off an injured person after a shooting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. Police say the U.S. Capitol has been put on a security lockdown amid reports of possible shots fired outside the building.
Maria Houser Conzemius October 4, 2013 at 02:32 pm
I also heard on NPR that the car was a late-model black Infiniti. Maybe this will be like theRead More slow-speed O.J. Simpson chase that launched the illogical craze of the white S.U.V., the ultimate macho status symbol for what I can only assume are sick, sick reasons.
Victoria McLeod October 4, 2013 at 08:31 pm
Dear Bucktop: You are the one with mental Health issues. You need to see help as you don'tRead More understand the disease. I hope that the Patch never prints a comment from you again. She was ill bottom line.
Mr. Clean October 5, 2013 at 05:32 am
Buktop, that is the most ignorant comment I've ever read.
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