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November 30, 2004

Statement by Iowa State University President Gregory L. Geoffroy:

"Last spring I joined with Ames Mayor Ted Tedesco and Government of the Student Body President Sophia Magill in assembling two groups to help us find answers to the violence we experienced April 18 in Campustown. We asked the 2004 Task Force on Assuring Successful Veishea and Other Student/Community Celebrations to examine causes that may have contributed to the violence, and to recommend actions that would minimize the likelihood such an incident would happen again. We asked the Commission on Improving Relations Among ISU Students, the University, the City of Ames and the Ames Community to pursue a somewhat broader mission in examining the sense of community in Ames and recommending ways to improve relations among students, permanent residents, the city and the university.

We asked the Task Force and the Commission to complete their work and submit final reports by Nov. 30, which they have done. On behalf of Mayor Tedesco and GSB President Magill, I want to thank each member of the Task Force and Commission for extraordinary service. They contributed long hours in exploring difficult and controversial issues, asking tough questions and listening to many points of view. Their meetings were open and subject to ongoing public comment. We extend special thanks to Dr. Catherine Woteki, dean of the College of Agriculture, who chaired the Task Force; and to the three chairs of the Commission: Laura Bestler-Wilcox, assistant director of the ISU Memorial Union - student activities; Bob Kindred, assistant city manager for the City of Ames; and Will Rock, vice president of the Government of the Student Body at Iowa State.

I plan to thoroughly review the work of the Task Force and the Commission and carefully review their recommendations. I look forward to discussing these reports with Mayor Tedesco and with Sophia. I welcome comments from other students, faculty, staff, residents of Ames and friends of Iowa State. Ultimately, the key question is whether we can restore the Veishea celebration with some reasonable expectation that the violence that marred Veishea 2004 will not be repeated. As I announced earlier this year, there will not be a Veishea celebration next year. I intend to announce a decision about the future of the celebration by April."

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