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Brian Nash and Kathryn Craig, Veishea, (515) 294-1026
Steve Sullivan, News Service, (515) 294-3720


AMES, Iowa -- Veishea, Iowa State's annual student-organized spring event, will tie in the university's year-long celebration of families.

"Veishea has always been a great family event, so it made sense to incorporate this year's family theme into our celebration," said Brian Nash, junior in mechanical engineering and Veishea co-chair. "Cyclone unity is about supporting the Cyclone family."

Opening ceremonies for Veishea 2001: Creating Cyclone Unity will be Friday, April 20, at
12:15 p.m. on central campus. The keynote speaker is Theresa Uchytil, Miss Iowa 2000 and a 1998 graduate of Iowa State. She will speak on "Facing the Challenge." The Veishea torch will be lit at opening ceremonies.

Many of the Veishea favorites -- cherry pies, canoe races, open houses and live entertainment -- are back. Campus events again are alcohol-free this year.

The start time of the Veishea parade has been moved up one hour, to 10:40 a.m. Saturday. The parade route through central campus remains the same as past years. KCCI-TV will broad cast the parade live from near the Memorial Union beginning at 11 a.m.

A pancake breakfast south of the Campanile begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday and continues until 11:30 a.m. The cost is $4 per person.

Students in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences will sell about 8,100 mini cherry pies this Veishea. Pies cost $1 and will be sold in 16 MacKay. Sales begin Friday at 9:30 a.m. and continue until half of the pies are sold, or approximately 2 p.m. Pie sales on Saturday begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue until the pies are gone.

Comic Wayne Brady, from the hit improvisational comedy TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, will headline the annual Dew The Rec at 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, at the Lied Center. Brady is a Los Angeles-based comic and theatre veteran whose television credits include network series, PBS specials and cable series such as VH1's "Vinyl Justice." He has performed in both the British and American versions of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?," the latter hosted by comic Drew Carey.

The band Vertical Horizon will perform at Veishea Center Stage Saturday at Hilton Coliseum. Five For Fighting, the opening band, will begin playing at 9:30 p.m.

"Tickets are selling well for these events, but I hope people don't think of these as student events," Nash said. "With Veishea offsetting the cost, these two nights are a great opportunity to see big-time acts in Ames for a low cost."

Students can purchase up to five tickets ($6 for Brady, $12 for Vertical Horizon). Faculty, staff, alumni and Ames residents can purchase up to two tickets for each performance. Tickets are $10 for Brady and $20 for Vertical Horizon at the Stephens Auditorium ticket office. Faculty and staff will need to show valid ISU identification, members of the ISU Alumni Association will be required to display membership identification, and Ames residents will be asked to provide valid photo identification confirming residency. Tickets for each show also will be sold the day of the show, if available and at a higher price ($15 for Brady, $25 for Vertical Horizon). Doors open at 8:30 p.m. each night.

The ISU solar car team will unveil PrISUm Odyssey, its entry in the American Solar Challenge. The car and team will be in the Howe Hall atrium from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 20. A short program begins at 5 p.m. PrISUm Odyssey is Iowa State's sixth solar car and will be tested in the 2,300-mile, Chicago to L.A. solar car race, July 15-25.

Rodgers and Hammerstein's first collaboration, "Oklahoma!," is the Stars Over Veishea musical this spring. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday evening and at 2 p.m. Sunday in Stephens Auditorium. Tickets prices are $10 to $15 for adults ($6 to $10 for students, including ISU students).

A Taste of Veishea, including food vendors, music entertainment, games and sports contests, returns to Welch Avenue on Friday and Saturday of Veishea weekend. Central campus on Saturday again will be home to Cy's Big Top, a cultural festival and walk-up tournaments in events such as football toss and golf putting.

Various campus organizations will sponsor more than 100 open houses across campus on Saturday, including Cy's Big Top and the popular International Food Fair in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union.


For more information please visit Veishea's Web site.

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