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UPDATE: VEISHEA canceled, says ISU president Leath

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Courtesy Noah Cary/Iowa State Daily Courtesy Noah Cary/Iowa State Daily
Courtesy Noah Cary/Iowa State Daily Courtesy Noah Cary/Iowa State Daily
AMES (KWWL) - The president of Iowa State University told media that he would be canceling the remainder of this year's VEISHEA activities, he said in a press conference Wednesday.

ISU President Steven Leath told reporters that one student remained in intensive care at a hospital after being injured when a light pole hit him, and that as a result of the riots near campus, VEISHEA activities would cease as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.

"It is with mixed feelings and a heavy heart I will suspend the rest of this year's VEISHEA," Leath told the crowd.

The student injured, who was not named, was in stable condition at a Des Moines hospital, Leath said.

Leath added that students involved in the rioting, which knocked down a light pole and overturned cars, could face criminal charges or expulsion.

Read more VEISHEA coverage here: http://www.kwwl.com/story/25205281/2014/04/09/1-seriously-injured-after-hit-by-light-pole-during-veishea

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Riots broke out near the campus of Iowa State University Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

Rioters flipped over cars and uprooted stop signs and light poles in the area known as Campustown.

Authorities say one person was hurt by a falling light pole. Police and rescuers had to fight their way through a throng of rioters to reach them.

As of 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, police say most rioters had dispersed from the scene.

The rioting comes during Iowa State's VEISHEA week.

Officially, VEISHEA is a promotion for the university and its alumni.

This isn't the first time trouble has started during the annual celebration. VEISHEA was canceled in 2005, after rioters caused tens of thousands of dollars in damages while celebrating VEISHEA in 2004.

Michael Crowe and Amie Steffeneicher contributed to this report.
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