April 15, 2010


Iowa Staters enjoy Tuesday's central campus lunch barbecue co-hosted by the LAS, Human Sciences and Graduate colleges. The lunches continue through Friday; a $5 Veishea button gets you lunch at no additional cost every day. Photo by Bob Elbert.

Veishea weekend gears up today

by Tim Greene, News Service

Student organizers have packed Veishea 2010 with traditional activities and new events. Here are some highlights of the next four days. A complete Veishea calendar is online.

Veishea favorites

Family fun underneath Cy's Big Top, canoe races on Lake LaVerne, and carnival rides and games near the Molecular Biology Building will be back. This year's Stars Over Veishea production is the Tony Award-winning musical Guys and Dolls. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. April 16 and 17 at Stephens Auditorium. Tickets ($20; $15 for students) are available at the Stephens ticket office or through Ticketmaster.

Everybody loves the parade

The Veishea parade, all 115 entries, will begin winding its way through campus at 10:40 a.m. on Saturday, April 17. Marcia Clendenen, retired parking and transportation supervisor for the department of public safety, will be the grand marshal. In January, Clendenen concluded a 33-year career with the parking division, where she served as a resource and planning team member for many large events, including Veishea. The Veishea parade route is online. If you can't make it to the live version, the parade will be broadcast statewide on the Mediacom Connections channel (channel 22 in central Iowa) at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Veishea Village

Academic organizations and student groups will present a variety of displays on central campus from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Veishea Village has something for everyone, including a large sandbox area created by the student chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America; and a petting zoo in the Farm Bureau Pavilion, Kildee Hall, hosted by the Pre-veterinary Club. Visitors can watch demonstrations by the taekwondo and judo clubs, learn about financial literacy and food science inside MacKay Hall, and watch duels performed by the Medieval Re-creationist Club just outside. The College of Engineering will have nine displays, showcasing the Team PrISUm solar car, Cyclone Power Pullers, Engineers Without Borders and much more. A map of Veishea Village and a list of exhibitors is online.

Pancakes, cherry pies and other good things

If you purchased a $5 button to enjoy lunches on central campus this week, you also can use it at midnight pancake feeds Friday and Saturday on central campus. Serving continues until 3 a.m.

And don't forget to pick up your cherry pie -- an Iowa State tradition since 1919. Hospitality management students will make and sell 12,750 of the delectable little tarts on Friday and Saturday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or until they're sold out. Pies are $1 each in room 16, MacKay. Proceeds will help fund scholarships.

The International Food Fair will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the MU Great Hall. About 18 student and scholar organizations will sell specialty foods from around the globe. Admission is $3 and food tickets are 50 cents. Food and beverage items require one to five tickets.

Taste of Veishea vendors will be available in two locations: on Union Drive next to Lake LaVerne and north of the Molecular Biology Building, Friday afternoon through 3 a.m. Sunday.

Late Night with Dr. Drew

Producer and host of VH-1's Celebrity Rehab, Sober House and Sex Rehab, Dr. Drew Pinsky will host "Late Night with Dr. Drew" at 11 p.m. Friday, April 16, at Stephens. Admission is free. Pinsky, a practicing medical doctor and host of the nationally syndicated radio show Loveline, has been helping young adults with relationships, sexuality and drug addiction problems for almost three decades. Immediately following Pinsky's talk, there will be a book signing downstairs in Stephens' Celebrity Cafe.

Bonnaroo College Comedy Tour

The 2010 Bonnaroo College Comedy Tour will provide some laughs at 11 p.m. Saturday. The event features comedian, actor, writer and cartoonist Pete Holmes, NBC TV's 30 Rock star; rising comic Amy Schumer; and New York-based writer and performer Kumail Nanjiani, who has been featured on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report. The event will be in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Admission is free.

Where to park . . .

Lots 12, 27, 28 and 29 on the north side of campus will be the site of Veishea events Friday afternoon through Saturday night, and so unavailable for parking. Some parking will be available in surrounding lots and in lots north of the railroad tracks and west of Stange Road (lots 29B, 120, 120A, 121, 122, 124 and 125). See campus map.

Concert information

Tickets for Friday night's Battle of the Bands concert (10 bands plus headliner Motion City Soundtrack and opening act Fun) and Saturday night's Live @ VEISHEA (hellogoodbye, Emerson Drive, Leslie and the LYs, The Envy Corps and Landon Pigg) are on sale through April 16 for Iowa State students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Student, faculty and staff tickets are on sale at the MU Maintenance Shop from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday. This week, anyone with a valid Iowa State ID may purchase up to five tickets for $8 each.

ISU alumni ($10) and Alumni Association members ($8) may purchase up to two tickets for the Friday and Saturday night concerts online by April 16. Tickets must be picked up at the ISU Alumni Center during regular business hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday) or between 1 and 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 17.

Concerts will be held north of Molecular Biology, rain or shine. Tickets will be exchanged for wristbands at the concert venue, and the wristband is valid for concert admission on both nights.

Alcohol is not allowed at any Veishea events.