A task force that was appointed to figure out what to do with VEISHEA at Iowa State after the latest riot have unanimously agreed to end the event forever.
The task force members said they “agreed that the university cannot continue to hold VEISHEA without any changes and expect that violence will not occur in the future.”
Task force members voted unanimously to “discontinue VEISHEA in its current form” — including ending the use of the name VEISHEA.
Last April, VEISHEA was abruptly cancelled after a riot broke out on late Tuesday night during the week-long celebration.
Large house parties were busted and people were forced to exit, and the majority of them wandered onto Welch Avenue which is Ames’ home for bars and food stands. The rowdy, drunk bunch decided to flip cars and take down telephone poles.
One person was severely injured when a lightpole fell on them. David Irving, a former defensive lineman on the Cyclones, carried around a stop sign. Welch Ave was left shattered with debris that the city cleaned up over the ensuing 12-24 hours.
Many people anticipated the demise of VEISHEA after the events that took place this year. The riots will always continue when you bring people from all over into your home to drink heavily. They don’t care if they ruin property that isn’t theirs since they don’t live in Ames, and they especially don’t care after slamming seven rum and cokes, five shots of fireball, and 10 Bud Lights.
Despite the drinking not being what VEISHEA is all about, that’s all that the majority of people know of it.
The university could hold a similar event but it will have a different name and will take place at a different time. Iowa State president Steven Leath will have the final say on everything early next month.