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

Superstition Bash – Maniac of Magic

During the summer, planning for the Superstition Bash has continued. I’m happy to announce that the Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers have pledged $200 for the event and we have another $50 from an individual donor. This is a great start! I’m still pursuing other sponsors, please let me know if you can suggest any! We have reserved the atrium of the uniquely decorated Molecular Biology building, and lecture hall 1414 (assuming that there are no exams in 1414 on Friday 13 November at 6pm). At the first meeting of the Fall semester (27 August at 7pm in the Gold Room of the MU), we’ll choose a date for the first planning meeting. Finally, our speaker has been selected: Nathan Allen, the Maniac of Magic.

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Weekly update

Dr. Hector Avalos, advisor of AAS, will is present a special lecture and discussion for AAS members and affiliates titled “How to Fight Intelligent Design and Win” at 7pm on Thursday 9 April, in 1414 Molecular Biology on the Iowa State campus. Parking behind Molecular Biology is free after 5:30pm. This is a great opportunity to ask Dr. Avalos questions about intelligent design and more. RSVP at the Facebook event, feel free to invite your friends.

Please join us in the same room at 6pm to discuss AAS’s VIESHEA First Amendment Day booth. We need ideas for signs, handouts, and phrases or quotes to be placed in the Iowa State Daily. I’ve posted more details at Feast on the First Amendment – Planning.

In other news, AAS received $300 from GSB towards our Superstition Bash and 10 Year Anniversary Celebration. This event is going to take a lot of planning, so please step forward to help make it a success! I’ve posted more details at Superstition Bash is funded!.

Superstition bash is funded!

After a long and stressful meeting with the GSB finance committee, AAS has $300 to spend on our Superstition Bash happening on Friday 13 November 2009. For details of what was and was not funded, check out this planning spreadsheet. Please comment here or on the spreadsheet if you have ideas for any of the listed activities or any new ones to add.

Putting on this event is going to take a lot of teamwork. If you will be here next semester, please consider joining the event committee. Ideally, we’ll have a few people (probably the officers elect) as administrators and multiple people that take charge of one or more of the 13 activities, depending on their interests and abilities. If you are willing, please comment here or email There is a lot to get done but if we pace ourselves, we have a good amount of time to work with.

First on the agenda is finding out what is and is not allowed at a student organization event.For example, I found out at the finance committee meeting that we can’s make a profit from taking admission, though we can take enough admission to break even. We can accept donations for AAS or any charity at the event.

We definately need to find out the regualtions for alcohol at student organization events. Can we have a cash bar in the room? If so, are we responsible for wrist bands or other form of ID verification? If not, can we have a second room with the bar and allow people to migrate in and out of the rooms? The bar isn’t necessary, but I think we might attract more non-students including members of other secular organizations, faculty, and community members to celebrate with us if we do.

Image from Raven Medium.