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April 3, 2009

SOV performance

Gypsy, the story of a determined stage mom and her daughter's rise as a burlesque queen, is the 2009 "Stars Over Veishea" theater production April 15-19.

Student organizers pack Veishea week with shows, activities

by Paula Van Brocklin

Student organizers are keeping their fingers crossed for excellent weather April 13-19, the dates for Veishea 2009, "Memories in the Making." Last year's early April event was battered with cold and rain, prompting this year's schedule change to mid-April. But even if Mother Nature doesn't cooperate, the show will go on. Here are some highlights.

A few tweaks

Visitors will enjoy the traditional Veishea activities, but with some minor adjustments. Veishea Village will feature a new "neighborhood" in the central campus display, showcasing Ames businesses and organizations. The annual theater production, "Stars Over Veishea," will stage an extended run of Gypsy, April 15-19 (see calendar for details). And, dig out your athletic gear. Faculty and staff are invited to participate in multiple sports tournaments -- including kickball, ping pong and sand volleyball. For a list of tournaments and to register, see

Veishea Village

Academic organizations and student groups offer a variety of displays and demonstrations on central campus from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The College of Veterinary Medicine will be hosting its own Veishea Village on its campus on South 16th St. The fun includes a petting zoo, exotic animal expo, teddy bear clinic and more. See Veishea Village exhibitors.

Favorite things

Favorite Saturday events, such as the parade (10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., central campus), Cy's Big Top (noon, central campus) and carnival rides (11 a.m.-midnight, Molecular Biology lots) also return this year. Don't forget to feast Monday through Friday at the lunchtime picnics on central campus. Buttons may be purchased for $5 (west student office space, MU first floor) beginning April 6. Single meals are $2.

Speaking of food, pick up your cherry pies Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18 (7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. both days or until sold out on Saturday, Tearoom, 16 McKay). Cost is $1 per pie.

A partial Veishea calendar follows.

Veishea 2009
"Memories in the Making"

4-1026, all events are free and on central campus unless noted

Monday, April 13

  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Campus BBQ, free with $5 Veishea button.
  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m., ROTC football scrimmage.
  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Governor's torch run, from Beardshear steps to Capitol steps in Des Moines, register online.
  • 9 p.m., Outdoor movie, He's Just Not That Into You, rain location is Great Hall, MU.

Tuesday, April 14

  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m., College of Business showcase and BBQ, see April 13.
  • 7 p.m., Ceremony, leadership and faculty recognition, South Ballroom, MU.
  • 8 p.m., lecture, Greg Behrendt, author of He's Just Not That Into You, Great Hall, MU, co-sponsored by Committee on Lectures.
  • 9-11 p.m., "Veishea Says I'm Funny," Maintenance Shop, MU.

Wednesday, April 15

  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m., BBQ, see April 13.
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Faculty cook-off.
  • 5:30-8 p.m., Concert, Battle of the Bands Wildcards, Maintenance Shop, MU.
  • 7:30 p.m., Stars Over Veishea (SOV), Gypsy, *$19, Fisher Theater.
  • 8-9:30 p.m., Performance, hypnotist Brian Imbus, Great Hall, MU.

Thursday, April 16

  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m., LAS College showcase and BBQ, see April 13.
  • 5:30 p.m., 5K and 10K run/walk, register online.
  • 5:30-8 p.m., Concert, Battle of the Bands Wildcards, Maintenance Shop, MU.
  • 7-9 p.m., Performance, Cyclone Idol, finals, Stephens Auditorium.
  • 7:30 p.m., SOV, Gypsy, see April 15.
  • 9 p.m., Outdoor movie, Quantum of Solace, rain location is Great Hall, MU.

Friday, April 17

  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Engineering showcases and BBQ, see April 13.
  • Noon-1 p.m., Opening ceremony, with ISU head football coach Paul Rhoads.
  • 1-5 p.m., History expo, first floor atrium, Beardshear.
  • 3-5 p.m., Competition, "Extreme Challenge," free for spectators.
  • 5 p.m.-midnight, Carnival rides, Molecular Biology parking lot.
  • 5 p.m.-3 a.m., Taste of Veishea, Union Drive and Molecular Biology parking lot.
  • 6 p.m., Performance, Harambee ("Unity"), Great Hall, MU.
  • 6 p.m.-2 a.m., Concert, Battle of the Bands, Molecular Biology parking lot.
  • 6:30, 9:30 p.m. and midnight, Timberworks Lumberjack Show, Molecular Biology parking lot.
  • 7:30 p.m., SOV, Gypsy, see April 15.
  • 10-11 p.m., Performance, Stevie Starr: The Regurgitator, rain location is Great Hall, MU.
  • 11:30 p.m., Concert, Electric Acid Theater, with The Enigma, rain location is Great Hall, MU.
  • Midnight-3 a.m., Pancake feed, $3.

Saturday, April 18

  • 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Auto show, $20 per car, east campus parking deck.
  • 8-10 a.m., Pancake breakfast.
  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Art Mart, arts and crafts sale, Maintenance Shop, MU.
  • 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Food stands, student groups, mostly along parade route.
  • 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Parade.
  • 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Cultural festival and international food fair, Great Hall, MU.
  • noon-midnight, Carnival rides, see April 17.
  • 11 a.m-3 a.m., Taste of Veishea, see April 17.
  • 4, 6:30, 9:30 p.m.; midnight, Timberworks Lumberjack Show, see April 17.
  • Noon-3 p.m., History expo, see April 17.
  • Noon-4:30 p.m., Veishea Village, university department and student organization displays, and Cy's Big Top.
  • 1-5 p.m., Open house, Alumni Center.
  • 1-4 p.m., Canoe races, $5 per team, Lake LaVerne.
  • 3 p.m., Football, intrasquad spring scrimmage, Jack Trice Stadium.
  • 7 p.m.-2 a.m., Concert, Live @ Veishea, go online or call 877-ISU-ALUM for ticket information, Molecular Biology parking lot.
  • 7:30 p.m., SOV, Gypsy, see April 15.
  • 9 p.m., Performance, comedian Bill Burr, Stephens.
  • 9 p.m. and midnight, Performance, The Adult Circus, variety show.
  • 9 p.m., Bingo, Sun Room, MU.
  • 10 p.m. and 1 a.m., Performance, Mad Chad, chainsaw juggler, rain location is Great Hall, MU.
  • 11:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m., Performance, Fire Pixie, fire and light show.
  • Midnight-3 a.m., Pancake feed, $3.

Sunday, April 19

  • 1-4 p.m., Tournament, golf, register by April 18, $160 per foursome, Coldwater Golf Links, Ames.
  • 2 p.m., Closing ceremony, Sun Room, MU.
  • 2 p.m., SOV, Gypsy, see April 15.

Concert information

Tickets for Friday night's "Battle of the Bands" concert and Saturday night's "Live @ VEISHEA" are on sale only to Iowa State University students, faculty, staff and alumni through April 17. Tickets will be exchanged for wristbands at the concert venue. One wristband is valid for concert admission both nights.

During April 13-17, anyone with a valid Iowa State University ID can purchase tickets at the Memorial Union Maintenance Shop from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

ISU alumni may purchase tickets by contacting the ISU Alumni Association. Alumni Association members may purchase up to two tickets at $8 each. ISU alumni who are not members of the Alumni Association may purchase up to two tickets at $10 each. To purchase tickets online, log on to or call the Alumni Association at 1-877-ISU-ALUM. Tickets will be sold first-come, first-served. Tickets must be picked up at the ISU Alumni Center's second-floor reception desk by Saturday, April 18. The Alumni Center is located at 420 Beach Ave., and is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Alumni Center will be staffed limited hours (1 to 5 p.m.) on VEISHEA Saturday, April 18.

Concerts will be held at the outdoor venue, rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable.

For more information:

If you miss Saturday's parade:

KDSM FOX-17 (Cable Channel 6), Des Moines, will televise the parade on Sunday, April 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cherry Pies

The Basics

16 MacKay Hall

April 17, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

April 18, 7:30 a.m.-sold out

Price: $1