Superstition Bash!

The Atheist and Agnostic Society is turning 10 in Fall 2009. Join us on Friday the 13th of November to celebrate! Everyone is welcome at this free event! We hope you’ll join us, no matter your beliefs. RSVP at Facebook!

The Maniac of Magic, comedian and magician Nathan Allen, will preform from 7-8pm in Molecular Biology 1414. Then, mingle in the Molecular Biology Atrium 8-11pm with free food, cider and hot cocoa. Have your fortune told and play superstition games with free prizes! There will also be a huge raffle, tickets only $1, for books and other items. After 11pm, if you’re of age, join us for the after-party at Olde Main on Main Street!

Want to help create a superstition station or donate an item for the raffle? Email!

Special thanks to the Iowa Secularists, Iowa Atheist and Freethinkers, Secular Student Alliance, the ISU Government of the Student Body, and the ISU Committee on Lectures, as well as all of our raffle item donors, for making this event possible! Continue reading

Statewide Secular Tailgate

Are other tailgates religious? Probably not, but join your secular friends at a tailgate for the Iowa State v Iowa game this Saturday. RSVP at the Facebook event, and invite your friends! Bring some canned goods to show team spirit and help those in need (see after the map for details). IAF will have a grill set up, but you need to bring your own food and beverages.

Due to the nature of tailgating, we don’t have an exact location. So, you’ll just have to head to the red-shaded area on the map below and look for the AAS and IAF banners. I’ll have my blue Toyota Matrix there, and we’ll set up a big white tent. There will be no parking in the tailgate area so you’ll have to park in the Orange lot (just north of the stadium, north of 4th street) and walk or take the shuttle over.

Tailgate spot

Non-perishable goods will be donated to the Community Food Pantry. Each food item has a point value – the first annual Atheist Cy-Hawk Food Drive Winner will be announced at half-time!

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Wyatt Cenac, and Ask an Atheist

Welcome to our new members who found us even before Clubfest (we’re now up to 280 people on the mailing list)! And thanks to everyone who came to the AAS meeting tonight!

We had some great discussions about the activities we’ll do this semester. A summary will be posted soon. The biggest change is that we’re switching back to weekly meetings and we’re planing to have more social activities on different nights. So, be sure to frequently check the Calendar (or subscribe via iCal). We’ll also have reminders of events on our twitter account @tweathen.

The first such social activity is on Friday Aug 28. We’ll meet at Jeff’s Pizza 2402 Lincoln Way from 6-7:30pm for dinner and drinks, then head over to Stephen’s Auditorium at 7:30pm to see Wyatt Cenac from the Daily Show (Facebook event for the show).

Ask an AtheistWe have our 1st outreach activity “Ask an Atheist” planned for Sept 1-2 from 11am-1pm in the Free Speech Area between the Library and the Hub (Facebook event). We’ll set up a table under our AAS banner with a sign for people to “Ask an Atheist”. The goal is to show students that we AAS members are friendly and approachable, and will give people an opportunity to ask us about atheism, secularism, etc. We’ll hand out candy and AAS business cards. If you are comfortable with the idea, feel free to bring a “Hug an Atheist” sign. We’ll also have books available for trade, with a sign explaining the “Fiction for Fiction” idea. Please comment at the event with what times you can be there – we need at least 2 people at all times. We need people to setup at 10:30am and cleanup from 1-1:30. I probably don’t have to say it, but if you plan to attend, please stay positive and respectful at all times.

Finally, don’t forget about Sunday Brunch at 11am this Sunday Aug 30 at the Cafe in Somerset. RSVP at the Facebook event so we can get a big enough table.

Summer events

Some members have expressed interest in Summer Sunday Brunches. Let’s try having one this Sunday June 7 at 11am at The Cafe: Facebook event.

Sunday Brunch at The Cafe in 2008

Sunday Brunch at The Cafe in 2008

I hope we can regain some of the people that stopped attending when we switched to campus dining. Let me know if you prefer an alternate time or location and we can try to accommodate as many people as possible. Also let me know if you’d like a ride.

We can start planning the Superstition Bash at the Brunch. We’ve already experienced one major setback – there are no rooms in the MU available on Friday Nov 13 from about 6-11pm that will work for our event. If you know of anywhere on campus that might work or anywhere off campus that is inexpensive, please let me know ASAP. Also, let me know if you want to help with planning but can’t attend Brunch. To start, we need a few people to find contact info for potential speakers and donors.

There are a few events coming up that we could attend as a group. Let me start by saying that LGBT equality is important for secularists because the only arguments against it are religion based – that’s why it seems appropriate to support LGBT equality as a group. Plus, it’s fun. Please let me know if you want to go, as interest starts coming in, I will create Facebook events. Feel free to send this to anyone who might be interested.

Saturday June 13 6pm-midnight Pride Street Party! In the heart of the Historic East Village with entertainment and dancing. $3 for a wristband to drink if you are over 21 (passes for both the street party and Sundays festival are $5).

Sunday June 14 noon-6pm Pride Fest 2009, parade at 1pm. Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers will have a booth and march in the parade. Let’s show support for both LGBT rights and our fellow secularists by marching with IAF and/or helping to man their booth near the Simon Estes amphitheater. They need people to do shifts 10:30am-6pm.

On to a less fun but very important event: Marshalltown Community Theater is preforming a stage version of The Laramie Project (about the murder of Matthew Shepard) July 24-26, July 30 at 7:30pm and Aug 1 at 2pm. The director, Tom LaVille, says that Westboro Baptist Church (the one that protests at soldiers’ funerals) plans to picket the theater (although I didn’t find this on WBC’s calendar when I checked a few days ago). Let me know your availability and hopefully we can find a show that we can attend as a group. Tickets are $10 for students, but we can get a group discount from the director.

Hope you’re having a great summer so far.

1st attempt at FSM making

The making of flying spaghetti monster holiday ornaments was a great success. His noodly appendages look well in many colors!

If you missed this event, don’t worry. We’ll do this again, during the last meeting of the semester on December 4. See the Facebook event for more info. Even better, we’ve already worked out some of the best ways to get the “meatballs” and the “spaghetti” to come together.

The 9th Annual Campustown Holloween Pub Crawl

On the eve of Holloween, Pipette Man, Catwoman and Arthur Dent went on a dangerous journey.  Armed with a nose pipette, a whip and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy they braved the harsh Campustown night environment in order to enter eleven different drinking establishments.  Their goal, bestowed upon them by The Registrars, was to imbibe discounted libations at each establishment in order to earn the colored markings placed upon their quest cards.

The quest took them past many odd creatures such as the Tetris Pieces, The Mustache Ride Men, and arguable the scariest of all, three Sarah Palin’s.  When these brave souls finished victorious they departed with the pride of a quest well finished and, if they payed the five bucks, a cheap t-shirt that will probably never be worn in public unless doing something were they expect to dirty their clothes.

Will these intepid dungeoneers repeat this quest when a year passes?  Will they be joined by others to help in their task?  For now only the Oracle knows for sure.