Iowa State University’s president says he’s examining what other colleges have done after rioting like the melee that erupted after this year’s VEISHEA celebration in Ames. I-S-U president Gregory Geoffroy says rioting is often associated with athletic events, and many universities have conducted extensive reviews after violent episodes on or near campuses. Geoffroy says there’s a “growing body of evidence” about rioting. On Tuesday, Geoffroy announced there will not be a VEISHEA celebration in Ames next year, and he’s appointed a task force to examine what changes can be made to ensure the event can be held in the future without violence and property damage. Geoffroy’s predecessor initiated a similar review after disturbances marred five VEISHEAs in the late ’80s and ’90s. Geoffroy says the changes that were made had “a very positive impact” because there were six consecutive VEISHEA celebrations without “disturbances.” VEISHEA, which was launched in 1922, features college open houses, a Saturday morning parade and a huge stage production. Geoffroy says VEISHEA provides an extremely important learning experience for students because students organize and run the entire celebration. Geoffroy says students learn leadership, communication, and teamwork skills in the process.
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