Patton: DIS leader still waiting on Curtiss stairs for group to come to pancake breakfast


Alli Weaver/Iowa State Daily

Destination Iowa State teams were led through club booths to learn more about campus groups and events.

Davis Patton

Editor’s note: This is a satirical opinion piece. The names of people mentioned and their quotes are completely fictional.

The recent cold weather has been incredibly harsh on sophomore Linda Gonzalez who reportedly has been waiting for her Destination Iowa State group on the steps of Curtiss since the early hours of Aug. 19, 2017.

Gonzalez was one of many upperclassmen students employed as leaders for Destination Iowa State (DIS). The Iowa State Admissions website calls DIS “a program designed to ease the transition to college for new Iowa State students.”

On the first night of DIS, Gonzalez was assigned to a group of around 12 freshmen students. At the end of the first night, she excitedly told her group to meet her on the steps of Curtiss for a free pancake breakfast on Central Campus at 8 a.m. the following morning.

That was the last she saw of any of her students.

After a few hours, she said she started to worry.

“I thought they must have gotten lost. What other explanation is there for why freshmen wouldn’t show up to an exciting day of group activities, seminars and community service?”

The Daily was able to get an exclusive interview with one of the freshman in Gonzalez’s group, though they asked to remain anonymous.

The freshman stated they had nothing against Gonzalez as their leader. They explained they simply chose other activities that sounded more fun that day like video games, sleeping and “anything but Destination Iowa State.”

Gonzalez told the Daily she has no plans to leave Curtiss any time soon. She even has a handful of cold pancakes in case any of the freshmen “finally find their way” to Central Campus.

Regarding the situation, the Iowa State Office of Admissions said they love the passion for Iowa State Gonzalez is displaying as she waits for her group. They said loyalty and commitment to Iowa State are exactly what they look for in leaders.

Additionally, they asked the public to keep an eye out for the freshmen that got lost on their way to Central Campus that morning. Surprisingly enough, many other groups reported the same problem and it is estimated that roughly 2,322 freshmen got “lost” that morning on the way to Central Campus, the largest and likely most well-known area of Iowa State’s campus.