Iowa State Ends Veishea Festival

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Iowa State University's president is ending the annual Veishea festival, saying it has become a week-long alcohol fueled party that places students at risk.

President Steven Leath announced Thursday the violence-marred festival over the years has resulted in dozens of violent incidents, riots, property damage and two deaths.

A task force formed by Leath submitted recommendations to him on July 11th. The group was created shortly after a late-night crowd disturbance in April injured a student and the remainder of the festival was canceled.

He said it has hurt Iowa State's reputation as he announced Veishea will end for good and the name will be retired. Leath said that as university president his top priority is student safety and although he acknowledged ending a 90-year tradition will be criticized, he's convinced it's the right thing to do for the university.

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