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Clock Expires on Timeless Tradition

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) A tradition nearly a century old in Ames is over four months after riots near the Iowa State University campus ended in at least five arrests and serious injuries.

The final decision to cancel to cancel the V.E.I.S.H.E.A. celebration was made by Iowa State University President Steven Leath after a task force created after this years riots recommended disbanding the long-time custom.

Alumni in the corridor were disappointed but not surprised. They have great memories of V.E.I.S.H.E.A. both as students and going back years after they graduation, but they also agreed that recently, its gotten out of hand.

Iowa State University President Steve Leath didnt mince words when he announced the clock has run out on what the V.E.I.S.H.E.A. website still calls a Timeless Tradition.

"I'm announcing today that V.E.I.S.H.E.A.  is ended and name V.E.I.S.H.E.A.  is retired, said Leath.

After seeing riots this past year, Linn and Johnson County Iowa State Alumni Association Club President Craig Adamson wasnt surprised.

"When you have something like this happen, it's just, it really is disappointing, I mean it's a big black eye for Iowa State, said Adamson.

Adamson says he was on campus during riots in the early 1990s and that past years were a lot different.

"While those were also stupid, they weren't as severe as what's happening now, said Adamson.

When V.E.I.S.H.E.A. was cancelled for 2005, Craig said that was the best/worst thing that would happen because it showed student that the school meant business.

"The fact that that didn't deter people from doing what happened this past April, yeah, we needed to shut it down, said Adamson, who was at ISU from August of 1991 through May of 1996.

This past year ended with five arrests and one person nearly being crushed by a light pole, sending him to an intensive care unit.

"I'm not going to continue to put students at risk so that we can observe what, too many, has become a week-long party, said Leath. I'm not going to be the president who has to call a student's parents in the middle of the night to tell them their student has been critically injured in another V.E.I.S.H.E.A. disturbance."

Adamson says this might hurt the Cyclones in the wallet. He says some of the schools biggest donors are people who were part of the extremely selective V.E.I.S.H.E.A. Central Committee that plans the whole event. Without the need for that committee, he says that one uniquely Iowa State experience that wont exist anymore, and dollars that might not come in.
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