I must say last years celebration was absolutely awesome....The committee did a fantastic job, especially with the changes in late night festivities, giant stadium lights and bands/vendors drawing people from campustown to central campus. Veishea has always been (and will continue to be) enjoyed a little more by putting at least a couple down, but at least things are changing so that it's not just about drinking. To anyone who missed last years events or were scared away considering the year before, I recommend heading back. I will unfortunately however, as Bill Murray so eloquently put it, "be unavoidably detained" in MN.
This is my first Veishea....I just hope I don't get arrested.
Sitting on cushioned furniture in the front yard (illegal), beer in hand, watching cops in riot gear chase underage students past the front of our house. This went on for a couple hours and was quite entertaining.
Memories from VEISHEA '92:
1) Having a laid-back party at my house with a bunch of friends
2) Hearing the sounds of a boisterous crowd in Campustown waft into my open window
3) Walking down to Welch Ave with some friends to see what all the commotion was about
4) Seeing thousands of drunk students lining either side of Welch, shout "Tastes great!" and "Less filling!"
5) Listening as the chants of the crowd morph into a steady mantra of "Riot! Riot! Riot!"
6) Watching a woefully understaffed group of police officers feebly attempt to stem the tide as students storm the streets of Campustown
7) Seeing a contingent of police in full riot gear arrive on the scene and march in lock-step down Welch Ave
8) Saying to my friends, "Umm, let's get out of here before we get mixed up in this mess!"
9) Sitting in my room, back at my house, listening to the sounds of an escalating riot in Campustown
10) Catching a faint whif of tear gas through my open window, some 4 or 5 blocks off of Welch
11) Watching the national news the next day, and seeing footage of riots in Ames, Iowa, lumped in with reporting of riots in other cities following the Rodney King verdicts
12) Getting a call from my grandmother to make sure I was okay after she saw on the national news that the city of Ames had been "burned to the ground" (as she put it)
1969, 1970, and maybe 1971...........oh I forget alot.
well Saliva kicked @$$ last night
Wow moshing was so fun last night. I've never been one for rock/screamo and moshing, but damn that was fun. Hopefully tonight for Mike Jones it'll be rockin, but I'm not a huge fan of his music.
Hey I'm only halfway there, so wish me luck.
Met my wife at a party during VEISHEA 2001, concevied our first kid last year. Good times. I missed most of them while I was in school since the national paintball tournament always seemed to land on the same weekend as VEISHEA so I was in Chicago or Orlando while it was going on.