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Massive Snowball Fight!

On Low Plaza! Observers estimate 150 or so showed up for the midnight start, increasing to three or four hundred as the hour went on.

And a panorama from our webmaster/photography specialist, Hans Hyttinen (click on it for a larger picture):

Videos by John Kenney and Ron Gejman

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  • anonymous says:

    @anonymous that’s an awesome panorama picture!!

  • cc 09 says:

    @cc 09 this is really awesome. i’m jealous.

    1. You graduated? says:

      @You graduated? How did you manage four years in the College without having quickly learned the distinction between jealousy and envy?

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous you have no friends

        1. You graduated? says:

          @You graduated? You have no content.

          1. Anonymous says:

            @Anonymous no seriously

  • jaime please says:

    @jaime please i dont think getting on top of the fountain was the most tasteful decision

  • props says:

    @props to the guys that sacrificed their plywood bed supports in order to provide sleds on the steps, and then let everyone ride them, plus help them get on

  • it could says:

    @it could have been so much more epic (lethal)! Look at how they do it in DC.

  • diversity says:

    @diversity If Columbia’s looking for diversity…it’s supposed to try and attract.. more Jews? Really?

  • incredible says:

    @incredible panorama, Hans. this just became 1) my desktop background and 2) a memory of Columbia I won’t soon forget.

  • JTS says:

    @JTS If we weren’t still stuck here because of exams, we wouldn’t have enjoyed last night this much…. just saying

  • no real snowmen,, says:

    @no real snowmen,, but there is a giant penis in van am..

  • Harmony Hunter says:

    @Harmony Hunter oops I totally missed this because i was looking for Harmony :(

    where is these picture taken b by the way :__)

  • rematch! says:

    @rematch! rematch tomorrow night! pretty pretty please?

  • HEY says:

    @HEY dude in the black coat with a white hood and skinny pants and blonde hair! arch nemesis! who are you?

    1. HAHAHA says:

      @HAHAHA Hello there my good sir. That guy who kept picking up snow boulders was me. JJ10 reporting in

  • Old John Jay says:

    @Old John Jay You’ll remember this all your lives. Unprecedented? At least in my many years at Columbia we never had a blizzard while school was in session– this one almost missed– and people used to live in apartments off campus so mobs like this couldn’t assemble anyway. Epic! Note: John Jay Hall always used to start trouble. Good work, 15JJ!

    1. JJ15 RA says:

      @JJ15 RA Haha, thanks. We do what we do ;)

  • YESSSS says:

    @YESSSS Hans is a hoot!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Yes’m, a good frolicking was enjoyed by all tonight. Just what I needed.

  • Priceless says:

    @Priceless did I just sled down Low steps on a pizza box? did I just frolic? Epic

  • Did anyone says:

    @Did anyone see the weird kid running around with the umbrella?

    1. saw a mob of umbrella-weilders says:

      @saw a mob of umbrella-weilders the real question, though, is: did anyone see the streakers?

    2. Yeah says:

      @Yeah He dumped a bunch of snow on me and then hit some guy right in the face with the umbrella

  • Be happy, Columbians! says:

    @Be happy, Columbians! There’s snow on the ground :)

  • Snow-Pocalypse Now says:

    @Snow-Pocalypse Now I love the smell of a long-distance headshot in the (very early) morning.

  • HOLLA says:


    1. JJ15 says:


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  • a photographer says:

    @a photographer awesome panorama there

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous seconded

      1. Hooah says:

        @Hooah Wow. Yeah. That is a truly remarkable photo. I hope that gets up on the Columbia homepage.

        1. Hans says:

          @Hans is my hero.

          1. i second that says:

            @i second that hans = the shit

  • Silly says:

    @Silly Yeah, it’s going to be late for the next two years and inconvenience us again, with people saying next year we may only get one or zero reading days.

    1. Hooah says:

      @Hooah Not sure which “people” are saying we are only going to get one or zero reading days next year, but next year’s calendar is already posted, as it has been for a few years, so you can see that we get two reading days. I, for one, love having a longer summer than everyone else and do not mind staying at school a few days closer to Christmas as a result. It gives us more potential opportunities to play in the snow like tonight!

      1. Californian says:

        @Californian Yeah, but some us have to pay twice as much for plane tickets because we’re flying a day or two before Christmas. And the potential weather delays are beyond miserable.

        1. seriously says:

          @seriously fuck everyone who isn’t considerate to those who have to actually FLY FAR AWAY to get home for the holidays. I know that we chose to go to school at a great distance from home, but Columbia claims to be an international institution that wants to have representatives outside of the Tri-State area, so maybe they should be a bit more fucking sensitive.

          1. seriously says:

            @seriously this is right. We have a lot of us who have to fly hours to get home overseas. If Columbia wants to be an international university, then they should respect that some of us won’t be home until Christmas Eve night/Christmas morning if we have Wednesday classes. Especially if they don’t tell us when finals are until late – which means it’s hard to find a cheap plane ticket that far.

  • LOST HOOD says:

    @LOST HOOD Did anyone see an olive green hood with a fur trimming somewhere near the statue?? It fell off of my coat :(

  • snowballthrower says:

    @snowballthrower I think there were a lot more than 150 people

    1. yeah says:

      @yeah I would put it closer to three or four hundred.

  • Cynist says:

    @Cynist People only want to change the winter break schedule because it’s so close to relevance in their lives. Well tough titty. Labor day was late and this is what you get. It won’t be this late while anyone currently is still a student. Make the best and be thankful for any break you do get, cause you won’t get such a nice one in the real world.

    Also, way to promote Ice Violence bwog. How shameful! Ice Violence never solved anything.

    1. uh says:

      @uh it’s this late again next year?


      @COMPLETELY AGREE The facebook group is way too whiny. It doesn’t even provide any recommended solutions. I’m not saying the current calendar is ideal, but I think it’s optimal considering course length, school year start, and readings days. Just some excerpts from the group…

      The students have the right to happiness!…We work so hard all semester, and get little reward.
      – Your reward is a college degree. If this is little to you, then stop paying and get out.

      For a student from Asia, the earliest he or she could be home would be mid day on the 25th. For students who celebrate Christmas, it is next to impossible to be home in time to celebrate…
      – Wikipedia South Korea is the only Asian country to recognize Christmas as a national holiday, so people most Asians are at work on Christmas. As for Russia, their Christmas is celebrated Jan 7.

      It is a religious holiday that the University is compromising.
      – Since when does a university have to compromise with religious holidays? What happened to all the Jewish holidays?

      If Columbia wishes to continue to attract a diverse and international student body, this is an issue it must take seriously.
      – We should attract students who care more than when their winter vacation will be.

      If one looks at colleges in the Ivy League, Columbia is alone in having such a disruptive schedule.
      – Yeah, we would either have to do exams after break, start earlier or cut courses short.
      Princenton begin recess on the 18th (RETURN JAN 3, EXAMS AFTER BREAK)
      Harvard on the 21st (EXAMS AFTER BREAK)

      Cornell on the 18th (SCHOOL STARTS BEFORE LABOR DAY)

      UPenn on the 22nd (CLASS end Thursday instead of Monday – For us, this means cutting one Monday class, significant for classes that only meet Mondays)
      Brown on the 21st (“Reading period optional and at discretion of instructor”. If everyone does it, Brown courses are one week shorter. If no one does it, there’s no reading days)

      Dartmouth on the 9th (TRIMESTER SYSTEM)

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous Wow, this seems like it’s a really difficult problem to solve. I mean, starting before labor day is just such a horrible thing to even consider.

      2. what the says:

        @what the ah yeah because it’s not a recognized holiday in most asian countries that means they don’t celebrate christmas…oh wait asia is home to the fastest growing christian communities in the world. forget them.

      3. that Movable says:

        @that Movable Actually, Harvard has exams before break (started this year). I think they began a week before us, but my friends there are definitely done now.

        If it’s impossible to start the semester later, what we could have done this year is to get rid of the Election Day break and thus knock off the last Monday of classes and move all the exams back.

        Also, what exams were held over the weekend? I only heard of Frontiers, so if some of the Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday exams were scheduled for the weekend, we could also get out earlier.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous agreed!

  • senior says:

    @senior aww this made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside (albeit frozen on the outside). i’m going to miss you columbia!

  • @i love this school thank god more than 90% of us live 5 mins away from low plaza

    1. agreed says:

      @agreed yes yes yes! i love this place!!!

  • brilliant says:

    @brilliant because facebook is really the way to create change.

    1. ew says:

      @ew go back to your miserable study hole, douche nozzle

  • hey bwog! says:

    @hey bwog! There’s a facebook petition to change the winter break schedule. There are ~1000 signatures so far. Can we get some coverage?

    1. Surfin' UWS says:

      @Surfin' UWS Facebook petition.

      To change a private institution’s academic schedule…A Facebook petition.

      Wow, sometimes I forget stupidity is alive and well within our gates. Hell, it’s fat with cakes these days.

      That is stupidity to be feared.

      1. dude says:

        @dude how about pulling your head out of your ass?

        1. Surfin' UWS says:

          @Surfin' UWS Get a facebook group with 15,000 people and I’ll consider it.

          Be the instrument of your own change!

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