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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.
Nicholas Otto, 57, was pronounced dead at the scene after his motorcycle was struck by an SUV.
Charles Davis August 29, 2013 at 11:56 am
This is horrible! I do not understand why the story does not mention that the man killed was notRead More wearing a helmet?
Charles Davis August 29, 2013 at 11:57 am
I understand helmets, especially at highway speeds, do not always save a cyclist who crashes, but,Read More in the city and at lower speeds a helmet increases your odss substantially.
Benjamin Joseph Hoffman of West Des Moines was charged Wednesday with 11 counts of sex abuse. Jail booking photo.
Beth Dalbey (Editor) July 31, 2013 at 06:09 pm
Keeping in mind that this individual has only been charged, in general how do parents talk to theirRead More kids about dangers and threats that people they are taught to respect, like teachers, might pose? How do you strike the right balance?
jenny July 31, 2013 at 10:04 pm
This is not good! Didn't we have another Urbandale teacher a year or two ago, texting a school ageRead More girl? My granddaughter attends Urbandale schools and this concerns me very much. Looks like they need to screen these teachers before they hire them, much better than they are doing now.
Ashley Hines August 1, 2013 at 09:34 am
Even if they were to screen the teachers "better" there is really no way to tell if aRead More person is capable of doing such a thing. I have known this guy since we were in high school, although I had not talked to him in a long time, I would have never guessed that he would do such a thing. It is disgusting and disturbing..
Benjamin Joseph Hoffman has been charged with multiple counts of third-degree sex abuse.
Brian James August 4, 2013 at 01:20 am
Good question...How often does this happen? This "man" deserves anything that comes toRead More him over the next year or so. My solution is simple, NO PROTECTIVE CUSTODY for this vermin, let his fellow inmates know he is a "accused" child molester, go to trial in...let's say 3 months, and let the chips fall.
One of the victims in a sex abuse case involving an Urbandale Middle School teacher claims sex was consensual.
Josh VandenBerg August 9, 2013 at 10:43 pm
Mr. Vander Plaats and the Family Leader speaks for most Iowans - especially those with kind lovingRead More hearts, those wanting the best for our families and children - the ranting and raving about Mr. Vander Plaats and others that know it is best for families to have one mom and dad does not correspond with the people I know.
Haywood Jablomie August 14, 2013 at 12:39 am
There's no such word as "snuck." The correct word is "sneaked." I wonder ifRead More the teacher knows that. ;)