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Worldly Goods is a cute, quaint shop on Main Street in Ames. The shop sells crafts made in about 30 different countries. The shop follows along with the Fair Trade ideals. Everything bought here in Ames, the artist/producer will receive closer to about 10 to 30% of the profits, versus less than about 5%. So, it's a pretty worthy little shop and I highly recommend visiting Worldly Goods and just looking at what is coming out of other cultures....
What to buy: At Worldly Goods, there are several different genres of artwork, etc. There are different musical instruments from all over the world, which are fun to play with. There are kids toys and games. There are a variety of cookbooks. There are a bunch of little trinkety items. Also, there is a pretty good selection for clothing. Most of the clothing is made by women in India.
So, buying anything will help people around the world!
What to pay: Depending on what you expect to buy, you can spend a wide range. The little trinkety items could cost less than a dollar or so, but the clothing items could cost closer to about $60 or 70 dollars per piece. So, it all depends on what you want to get. There are many choices between the two extremes.
Updated Mar 24, 2005
Go to a Cyclones Sporting Event! There is something always going on in Cyclone sports. We have football, men's & women's basketball, men's & women's track/cross country, men's & women's golf (?), women's swimming, men's hockey (club sport), women's soccer, tennis, and I'm probably forgetting something. Go to www.iastate.edu to visit the athletics website and get more information there!
Written Oct 12, 2003
Veishea is the largest (and longest running, I do believe) student-run festival on college campuses across the campus. It first started so that the different colleges within Iowa state could show others what was happening within the college, like research, etc. (like a giant open house) Since then it has grown and become a showcase for the entire university--colleges, departments, student groups, alumni, etc etc. Alumni and their families traditionally come back every year, so Ames is packed with people for the big parade on the last weekend. It usually lasts a week, with activities and food on central campus for students and staff during the day and then activities throughout the week. Ames is quite the happening place during Veishea. This year (2005) it was cancelled, due to a riot the last night of last year's Veishea celebration. It was a pretty big deal in the ISU and Ames community, so it was cancelled this year, in order to make longer-term plans and considerations. It will happen again next year (sadly this is my senior year, and no Veishea). That's the long and the short of it. Oh there's a parade, booths all over campus, Open houses, food vendors, cherry pies (yummy) and LOTS of other stuff....:-)
The picture (while I need to replace it, but not now) is from Veishea 2001 when they made a HUGE rice krispy treat--largest in the world, in fact, in honor of the creator of the rice krispy treat--an alum of Iowa State!
Updated Mar 24, 2005