For those of you who don't know, VEISHEA is a tradition at Iowa State dating back to the days when the first colleges were formed (Veterinary medicine, Engineering, Industrial Science, Home Economics, Agriculture). It is a celebration of Iowa State. It is a celebration of education and community, two things that the rioters on Tuesday have absolutely no concept of.
IF YOU WERE IN THE CROWD DURING THE RIOTS, YOU SHOULD BE EMBARRASSED AND ASHAMED OF YOURSELF.
1) By simply being present in the mob, you gave the idiots in the crowd power. The riot mentality only exists when there are people behind them to give them anonymity and shelter from the rightful response of police. 15 idiots throwing beer bottles at cops and at the Farm House (seriously? what did these guys do to deserve getting pelted by stuff AT HOME) is completely different than 1,000. The more people leave the scene, the less power these idiots have.
2) Someone is in the hospital because a light post fell down on them, and we don't know their condition other than reports that he was unconscious upon the medics getting there. Again, by not leaving the area, you (as an individual and a collective) give drunk idiots the gumption to climb on light posts and flip cars. It is a celebration, so have fun, but don't be an asshole. That blood is on your hands.
3) An ambulance came to try and (potentially) save someone's life and PEOPLE DIDN'T MOVE!!! ARE YOU SERIOUS!? Under NO circumstances is this OK, or even defensible! It's not funny, clever, or cute. If there were no riots and nothing falling from the sky, an ambulance passing on Welch Ave is likely on its way to save someone's life, let alone when you have giant metal structures coming down into a crowd. The people who were responsible for this are the most detestable of the group, in my opinion.
4) It. Is. A. Tuesday. I am still a student at Iowa State and have been since I was 18. I get the fact that it is VEISHEA, which is a celebration. I have had a good time during VEISHEA, but never, ever have I understood getting black-out drunk on a Tuesday night. Actually, scratch that. The people responsible for this probably aren't going to class here at Iowa State on Wednesday (or any day for that matter) because they don't have anything to do with Iowa State, and are just here to get drunk and act like idiots. Or they're students who are going to get D's because they refuse to go to class, and like, have no idea why they're doing so bad in Soc 134, bro.
5) This is the ultimate dad cliche, but VEISHEA isn't a right, it's a privilege. After BS like this happened in 2004, the university cancelled the event the following year. So, congratulations. I hope that this Tuesday was fun for you. Your actions might have cancelled the event for next year. This is a fun time that people work hard to organize, because it is a celebration of the place that I (and everyone associated with it) love. It deserves better than this.
If you were out and left, good job. You wanted to have a good time, but know that you don't need to be an idiot to do that. If you went out and DID participate in the mob and were offended by anything I've written, take this time to grab a bottle of windex, set it on sniper mode, and shoot yourself in the eyes. Defending the actions of this crowd is horrendous.
I read a tweet that said, "It was a bad representation of Ames, but don't act like you didn't have fun out there in the streets." This is also the wrong attitude. Simply by being there, you gave power to stupid people doing stupid things. And because of that, you are just as responsible. The proper response is genuine contrition, knowing full-well how far that went was wrong.
To the people who look up at this and are ashamed of Iowa State, we deserve that. But please don't look down on all of us, since this is a very, very select minority of ISU students (aka the ones who will get plastered on a Tuesday). A lot of this was likely done by people not associated whatsoever with the university, since many people come to Ames for the sole purpose of getting messed up, although there were some of our own idiots in there. Regardless, the majority of us Cyclones are in bed, at home, or left whatever place we were at to get home.
One last thought; don't do this again or "try to top it," VEISHEA-ers. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights all still await us, and if there are people who try and replicate or top this madness, more people will likely end up in the hospital or worse. Please be responsible. Know that you are a representation of ISU, your family, and your state. Have your fun, but go home when you're done and don't hurt or destroy anything or anyone.