ISU ends Veishea permanently [DM Reg 8/8/14] “True purpose of celebration ‘completely overshadowed’ by alcohol culture, Leath says”
Veishea has been going on since 1922, and the modern university administration and student killed it, and they don’t even know why. I came to Ames in 1988 and made the offhand remark even then that the students mostly majored in ‘keggers’ (the consumption of keg beer). The shiny aluminum kegs are a fixture among the porches and yards of student housing in campus town.
Red and blue plastic cups sprouted like dandelions in the yards by Monday morning. That was from just a casual observer. Later on you would read the crime reports in the newspaper of some student being admitted to Mary Greeley for alcohol poisoning. Another student would fall off the balcony of a frat house or apartment and break a leg or kill themselves. This is my observation from 26 years ago. Don’t tell me you couldn’t see this coming.
Then when one of my kids goes through freshman orientation in 2007 and came home with a refrigerator magnet that says, “Most ISU students drink responsibly”. Huh? My initial thought was that by the phrasing, the message is that everyone drinks, it’s just that most do it responsibly. Bullshit. Drinking is for those who want to flunk out or get a C average. Smart kids don’t drink. If you want to get ahead, you don’t spend the majority of your time with alcohol in your veins.
Then it was pointed out to me that I had completely missed the other point of the magnet message. Why the hell are they talking to 18 and 19 year olds about drinking responsibly, they’re not supposed to be drinking at all! They aren’t even legal for another 2 – 3 years. If you want to give a ‘wink and a nod’ to that behavior, you just did it. Tacit approval always came with good natured reports of drunken crimes as excess “partying”.
The system is so corrupt they even found a way to avoid holding the kids accountable when they do something too big to ignore. They came up with ‘non-judicial punishment’ through a creation called the “Center for Creative Justice”. That way when a 19 year old college student gets caught drunk driving, he can do community service and it won’t show up on his record. And perhaps more importantly, it doesn’t blot the university’s record. Now if a 19 year old non-college student does the same thing, he gets the book thrown at him. But then, he doesn’t have a money train that needs to be kept going to feed the state.
I was talking to an older gentleman one time who went through ISU around 1962. The differences were stark. No coed dorms. No alcohol period. A work ethic and a code of conduct were in place. By ’72, that had all changed thanks to the “social revolution” of the ’60’s. What a difference 10 years made. Not from ’52 to ’62, but from ’62 to ’72.
What replaced the work ethic and a code of conduct was a goal by the student to see how drunk he could get on a regular basis. Also what about when they gave 18 year olds the right to drink? Once alcohol was introduced to the college campus it never left, even when the drinking age went back to 21. Other more subtle changes also came about. Moral foundations were gnawed away at by the academic leaders. ISU is not particularly out of the ordinary in the fact that atheists run the religious studies department. No kidding. Their goal isn’t to help your child find God, its to turn him away from God.
“Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grand-children are once more slaves.” — D. H. Lawrence
[David Herbert Lawrence] (1885-1938)