AAS Weekly Update

We have a lot of upcoming events, including a great opportunity to volunteer:

* This Friday, January 15, we will have our first Ask an Atheist booth of the semester. It will go from 11-1 in the MU at the north table in the basement by the stairwell (look for Zach and Tori with the sign)
* Brunch this Sunday: 11am at Seasons dining center (in MWL) in the Harvest room
* Volunteering at ACCESS (Assault Care Center Extending Shelter & Support): Monday the 18th 2-4pm. We will be moving around furniture and restructuring some areas of the shelter. RSVP on Facebook.
* Clubfest II: Wednesday, January 20 · 5-9PM · Great Hall and Ballrooms, Memorial Union

Due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday we will not be having our weekly meeting.

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Weekly Update

This is the last week of AAS activities for this semester. If you have suggestions for events over break, please suggest them on the AAS Facebook discussion board or comment here.

As you register for classes for next semester, please keep in mind that AAS meetings for Spring 2010  will be Monday nights 7-8pm in the MU Gold room.

Thu Dec 3, 2009 7pm – 8pm  AAS Meeting – Memorial Union Gold Room (2nd floor, near Multicultural Center)
Fri Dec 4, 2009 11am – 1pm  Ask an Atheist Booth – UDCC Commons area
Sun Dec 6, 2009 11am – 1pm  AAS Sunday Brunch – Harvest Room of Seasons Marketplace on Campus

At this week’s meeting, we’ll watch the movie “Flight From Death“.

Have a happy winter break!

Weekly Update

Please choose which nights are best for you to have AAS meetings next semester at this Doodle Poll.

Thanks very much to everyone who helped make the Superstition Bash a wonderful success. This week, we have another special event: a panel discussion about evolution organized by our Vice President Brian Gress.

  • AAS meeting. Thursday 7pm MU Gold Room. Interviews with Ames High School students for an AP class project.
  • Evolution: Why it is true and why it matters. Thursday 8pm MU Sun Room. Join us to celebrate the 150 anniversary of On the Origin of Species, one of the most influential writings of all time. The night will include talks by Drena Dobbs, Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molec Biology, Jill Pruetz, Anthropology Department, and Justin Rice, EEOB. Following the talks we will open the floor to discussion and Q&A. RSVP.
  • Ask an Atheist. Friday 11am-1pm UDCC Commons.
  • Sunday Brunch. Sunday 11am-1pm The Cafe in Somerset (2616 Northridge Pkwy, Ames, IA). RSVP.
  • Thanksgiving week event to be announced. Where/when would you like to share a meal with AAS members who are in town for the break? Vote at this Doodle poll.

Weekly Update

This is the big week! The much awaited Superstition Bash is Friday the 13th. Of course, there are other activities this week as well:

  • Interfaith Discussion of the MU Chapel. Monday 7-9pm MU Gold Room. This discussion will hopefully lead to a greater understanding of how to make the chapel more inclusive.
  • Silent Vigil for LGBT Equal Rights. Tuesday 5-7pm Lake Laverne. This vigil was organized by Chris from Collegiate Methodist in response to the recent vote to take away equal rights in Maine, and to stand with our LGBT sisters and brothers in the quest for equal rights. RSVP.
  • AAS Meeting. Thursday 7-9pm MU Gold Room. At this meeting, we’ll discuss the latest draft of the AAS logo and plan for the Superstition Bash. Planning for the Superstition Bash is almost complete, but we need AAS members to help with the Superstition Stations. Important: if you can’t make it to the meeting, please email isuaas@iastate.edu if you can help!!! Also, if you have any skeptical, science, etc themed music email isuaas@iastate.edu so we can get it on the playlist.
  • Ask an Atheist and Hug an Atheist booth. Friday 11am-1pm UDCC Commons.
  • Superstition Bash! Friday 7-11pm Molecular Biology. RSVP. For full details, see the AAS blog.
  • Brews and Views. Monday 7-8pm Old Chicago. Join people from a variety of religious-type student groups for a discussion of how evangelism may or may not fit in with multiculturalism. RSVP.

Weekly Update

  • Meeting on Thursday 5 Nov 7pm in the Gold Room. Dr. Avalos presents “The AAS AT TEN: CELEBRATING A DECADE”. Come and learn about our club history, celebrate our past heroes, and inspire future leaders. We will have a “Where are They Now?” report about past presidents, and amusing anecdotes about ancient battles, tears, and triumphs.
  • Sunday Brunch on 8 Nov in the Harvest Room of Seasons Marketplace. Please join us to help plan the Superstition Bash.
  • Keep your calendars open for the Superstition Bash Friday 13 Nov. RSVP at Facebook http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=151173439914&ref=ts.
  • The Center for Inquiry is having an essay contest. First prize is $2000! Topic: The Importance of Free Expression and Its Limits (If Any). Deadline: Jan 5, 2010. See CFI for details http://www.centerforinquiry.net/campaign_for_free_expression
  • In addition to Thursday’s meeting and Sunday brunch, we’re also having Ask an Atheist this Friday 11am-1pm in the UDCC Commons Area.
  • Please take this brief survey about the MU Chapel http://tinyurl.com/MUChapelSurvey. The results will be summarized and presented the MU Board of Directors to help them make decisions about the chapel.
  • If you can help with the Superstition Bash but can’t make it to brunch on Sunday, please reply to this email. We still need ideas for superstition related games and activities.

Weekly Update

Here are this week’s events:

  • GSB Meeting – Wed 28 Oct (today!) 7pm MU Campanile Room – Discussion of the MU Chapel. See the AAS blog for more info.
  • AAS Meeting – Thurs 29 Oct 7pm MU Gold Room – Critical Bible study with guest speaker Randy Henderson from Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers. Bring a bible or two so you can follow along.
  • Ask an Atheist – Friday 30 Oct 11am-1pm UDCC Commons – Recruit new members to AAS and help show people that atheists are nice people too.

Some additional info:

  • If you didn’t get a chance to record your Coming Out Atheist story, you can record it on your own and send to isuaas@gmail.com and we’ll add it to our YouTube channel (still under development). If you did record your story, please let us know if you do not want it posted online and if you do not want your name listed with the video and/or audio.
  • The Superstition Bash is approaching FAST! If you want to help with either the display case or the superstition stations, please email isuaas@gmail.com ASAP. If you already signed up to help, you’ll get an email about that soon.
  • We decided on Russell’s Teapot for our logo at the last meeting. It is currently being designed.

Weekly Update

  • Discussion this Thursday at 7pm in the MU Gold Room.
    • Topic of discussion: Are science and religion compatible? Can one hold a religious worldview and a scientific worldview consistently? Are faith and reason both ways to knowledge?
    • Zach, our Discussion Chair, has some suggested reading and videos to help get us thinking: 1) an accomodationist argument from Ken Miller, 2) an anti-accomodationist rant by Sean Carroll of the Cosmic Variance blog, 3) a 3 minute video by Eugenie Scott of the National Center for Science Education, and 4) a 3 minute video of Neil deGrasse Tyson.
    • At the Thursday meeting, we’ll also briefly discuss the Superstition Bash.
  • Ask an Atheist Booth this Friday 11am to 1pm in the Free Speech Area. Rain location is in the covered walkway by the library facing the Free Speech Area.
  • Some major events are coming up. Details and RSVP at this spreadsheet, indicate if you can drive or need a ride, and add comments as needed.
    • Darwin 2009 Conference: series of talks celebrating the 150th Anniversary of On the Origin of Species.
      • Oct 29-31 in Chicago, RSVP by Oct 16 so we can get rooms reserved and make plans on when we’ll leave Ames.
      • Talks start at 6:30pm on Friday, it takes about 6 hours to get to Chicago.
      • Registration for students is $20.00, and includes 2 lunches and the reception.
    • Reggie’s Sleepout: an event to raise funds for homeless youths in Des Moines.
      • Oct 24 in Des Moines, RSVP by Oct 19 so we can arrange carpools and collect boxes.
      • This will be our Secular Service Day event.
      • Whether you can or can not attend, help us collect boxes (particularly big sturdy ones) for the Boxed In Design Contest and solicit donations for our team. Contact Andrew for where our boxes are being stored.
      • Sleeping bags and tents are not necessary, but are allowed. You can rent equipment for cheap through Rec Services.
      • For registration questions, contact Andrew or Anastasia. When you register, sign up for the team “ISU Atheist and Agnostic Society“.
    • Living History Farms Run: a 7 mile cross country “fun run” to benefit Living History Farms.
      • 9am on Nov 21 in Des Moines, RSVP by Oct 21 so we can get spots (there is a 7,500 max # of runners).
      • We need to decide on a team name – and then all enter our team name exactly the same on the registration form. Teams are recognized for their costumes at the start of the race. IAF and IS will be invited to participate with us. Vote on a team name and costumes on the spreadsheet.
      • The course takes you through farms, past barns, across streams, etc. You will get dirty and wet, you will have a blast.
      • The entry fee is $30 if you register online before Nov 4 at noon. You get a shirt and a runner’s goodie bag.
      • On race day, we’ll meet in the Orange lot at 6:30 so we can be there no later than 7:45. The parking lots around the race start get very crowded after 8am. Post a comment if you need a ride from your house rather than from the Orange lot.
  • For those of you who are following the story of Ray Comfort’s edited version of On the Origin of Species, see the Secular Student Alliance for a nice overview of what’s happening.