University students celebrated the first snow day of the year with an annual tradition – a snowball fight on McKeldin Mall, with a goal of breaking a world record of 5,834 attendants.
Using the hashtag, #SnohForLoh, students spread the word, resulting in more than 3,000 joining the event.
Although the event did not break any records, hundreds of students battled for victory in a chaotic series of snowball shenanigans.
Students sought to break the world record for largest snowball fight. (Jack Angelo/Bloc Photographer)
Some 3,000 students joined the Facebook page and hundreds turned out for the battle. (Jack Angelo/Bloc Photographer)
Students launched an impromptu social media campaign, inviting people on Facebook and spreading information under #SnowforLoh. (Julia Keane/Bloc Photographer)
“I came out here because why the heck not. My favorite thing to do was pick someone as far away as possible and pin them right in the forehead.” – Justin Berrios, junior criminology major. (Julia Keane/Bloc Photographer)
Nick Ewing winds up to chuck another snowball, as Ross Baehr attempts to defend himself with part of a pizza box. (Jack Angelo/Bloc Photographer)
“I pretty much woke up, trying to eat my leaves on the branch, but they were frozen so I said dang I’m going to try my luck out here. But then I realized I’m a giraffe and have no thumbs so I couldn’t throw a snowball. I’m just trying to do the best I can.” – Nathan Markovitz, junior criminal justice major. (Julia Keane/Bloc Photographer)
Two groups of students exchange blows in the middle of McKeldin Mall as snowballs fly around them. (Jack Angelo/Bloc Photographer)
“I wanted to see how many people would show up and if it would be fun because I’ve never done something like this before. It was definitely more intense than I thought it would be, but it was fun to see people charging at each other. That was fun to watch. I wish there were more things like this on campus.” – Olivia Herdje, freshman, undecided. (Julia Keane/Bloc Photographer)
Liam Shaughnessy holds a snowball to his bleeding nose after getting injured in the firefight. (Jack Angelo/Bloc Photographer)
“I came out because it was my first snow day of college, and I thought it would be really cool to see how it played out. It’s really fun. There are probably around 300 people here right now.” – Stephanie Perez, freshman government and politics major. (Julia Keane/Bloc Photographer)
Oliver Owens, Ruler of the Green Kingdom, stands atop the McKeldin steps, contemplating the impending war on his land. (Jack Angelo/Bloc Photographer)
Jack Angelo is a junior broadcast journalism major and can be reached at JackMAngelo@gmail.com.
Julia Keane is a sophomore environmental science and policy major and can be reached at email@example.com.