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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.
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Maria Houser Conzemius December 15, 2013 at 02:27 pm
Bill Moyers had a guest, a Mr. Slotkin, who has written at least three books on the history of gunRead More violence in our American culture. He talks about gun violence on the frontier as a way of killing native Americans and stealing their land, gun violence in the south for maintaining slavery and Jim Crow subsequent to slavery, and gun violence in the North as a way of subjugating workers wanting to organize for higher pay, worker safety, and benefits, benefits like weekends off. Because gun violence is endemic in our culture, cowboys and "Indians," cops and robbers, and so on, it's very difficult to eradicate as an accepted solution to problems. Slotkin even suggested that Nancy Lanza may have bought guns for Adam Lanza, the disturbed young man who shot 20 children and six adults to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT one year ago as though guns had "curative" and "mystic" properties. Slotkin called Nancy Lanza "reckless." I think what she did was reckless in the extreme and some might call her pathological. And where was Adam Lanza's father in all of this? Nowhere in sight. If I remember right, he was chief of tax deductions for some mega-wealthy corporation that paid NO federal taxes during his tenure. GE? One of those corporations.
bo lewis October 13, 2013 at 07:00 pm
He had to be texting as there is just a very slight bend in the road there
Julie Peterson Qidwai October 15, 2013 at 07:45 am
Or he could have had a stroke, fallen asleep, gone into a diabetic coma, sneezed really hard or beenRead More drunk. I'm definitely against texting while driving, but that's not the only scenario that could have caused this single-vehicle accident.
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