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MORE ARRESTS: VEISHEA Task Force Assembled

Ames police are reporting three more arrests in last week’s VEISHEA vandalism.

Twenty-two-year-old Tucker Henderson, 19-year-old Austin Burbridge, and 20-year-old Marvin Thomas are all charged with criminal mischief.

Seven others have already been arrested.

It comes after cars were flipped and lamp posts were pulled down Tuesday in Ames’ Campustown. One ISU student was seriously injured when he was hit on the head by a lamp post.

Those events triggered Iowa State’s president, Steven Leath to assemble a task force to decide the future of VEISHEA.

Among the members of the 20 person team, is former football player, Jeff Woody.

Task force chair, Tom Hill, says this year’s violence differs from years past. This year was the only year violence began at the beginning of the week compared to the end.

Hill questions if the meaning of the celebration has been lost.

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VEISHEA’S FUTURE: Leath Appoints Task Force

Iowa State University President Steven Leath has named the members of a task force that will look into VEISHEA’s role at the school and whether it has a future.

The event was canceled for 2014 after violence and vandalism in Ames’ Campustown area the Tuesday night of VEISHEA week. Hundreds of people gathered in the area, tearing down light poles and signs and flipping cars.

The task force will be chaired by VP of Student Affairs Tom Hill and includes university officials, community leaders, and students.

Former ISU football player Jeff Woody’s outspoken blog condemning the crowd during the incident gained a lot of attention and also landed him a spot on the task force. He is now a graduate student at ISU.

WORK UNDERWAY: Ames’ Campustown Projects

The removal of some older buildings in Ames’ Campustown is making way for new projects that aim to revitalize the area.

“Campustown has had a lot of interest from both housing developers as well as commercial interests in the last year, we have three projects that are now approved, two of them have already started construction,” says Kelly Diekmann, Planning and Housing Director for Ames.

Kingland Systems is creating a $20 million building for their office space as well as retail stores in Campustown.

Old buildings are being removed this week.

Construction on two huge housing projects is also set to start on Lincoln Way. A bank building will be torn down for that.

The old Campus Bookstore is on its way out so the Cyclone Flats can go in.

Campustown business leaders call it a renaissance.

TOP SCHOLAR: Ejim Awarded Second Big 12 Honor

For the second straight year, the Big 12 has named Iowa State’s Melvin Ejim the Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Ejim becomes the first to receive that title along with Big 12 Men’s Basketball Player of the Year.

The 23-year-old Canadian is the epitome of student-athlete. He’s majoring in history and minoring in business, and is pulling a 3.7 GPA.

Ejim averaged 32 minutes and almost 18 points whenever he wasn’t in the classroom.

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CAPITOL VISIT: ISU Men’s Basketball Team Honored

The Iowa State men’s basketball team received a special honor from state leaders Monday.

The Cyclones were recognized on the House and Senate floors for their success this season which included winning the Big 12 Tournament and a Sweet Sixteen birth in the NCAA Tournament.

Coach Fred Hoiberg predicted the Cyclones would have beaten UConn had they been at full strength.

“It was a great day just all the support we’ve had from the Senate to the Congress over the course of a year,” Coach Fred Hoiberg said. “It’s been incredible. Just the phone calls we’ve gotten from the different representatives.”

The team was also taken on a tour of the Capitol.

OWI ARREST: ISU Basketball Player Charged

Police arrested an Iowa State athlete over the weekend.

Basketball player Abdel Nader is charged with drunk driving. Iowa State University police stopped Nader around 11:40 Saturday night. Officers say he ran a red light on Hyland Avenue.

According to the ISU Athletic Department, Nader is suspended indefinitely from the team.

Nader transferred to Iowa State last year from Northern Illinois. He sat out this last season and would have been eligible to play this upcoming season.

MUSICAL CANCELLED: Students Spent Months Rehearsing

Students are learning the hard way just how far VEISHEA’s influence reaches. Junior Kourtney Richards spent months rehearsing for Stars Over VEISHEA’s production of “Into the Woods.” “I immediately started crying. I was not ready at all to say goodbye to the show or the character or the cast or anything,” said Richards.

Richards agrees something needed to be done after Tuesday night’s incident in Campustown. But she says the family oriented activities should not have been canceled.

About 80 students were involved in the production.

The cast performed three shows prior to Tuesday.

But members say VEISHEA week is what they look forward to because it has the biggest turnout.

The production is funded by VEISHEA. School officials say they tried rescheduling the shows, but it wasn’t possible for a number of reasons.

The last time officials cancelled VEISHEA was in 2005. However that time they did not cancel “Stars of VEISHEA.”