Snow Days at Radford

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Nick Riles

Radford students always look forward to snow days! Last week was the most snow Radford has seen in awhile and caused classes to be canceled. How has this time off affected the students and residents?

Aside from the typical hazardous road conditions and road side snow piles, I guess that perspective all depends on who you are. Whether you are the kind of person to quietly build a snowman, rambunctiously sled down a hill, or stay inside for Bailey’s and blankets by the fire place, snow days have a special place in Radford University’s students’ hearts.

This year brought many unexpected twists to the usual traditions that come to mind when I think of a snow day. There was not a single snowman or a snowball fight in sight. The last time Radford had snowed in there were people, igloos, and snow sculptures everywhere. A snowball war practically took over the campus and snowboarders set up ramps on dark side. So what exactly changed this year?

It almost seemed as if the spirit of everyone’s inner child may have become suppressed by the pressures of adult life. Or maybe it was just the texture of the snow that did not allow students to make adequate snowballs. This year’s snowfall was loose and powdery but much higher in abundance than usual– making it the perfect snow for car burials and inconveniences when trying to go to class or work but not really for snow day fun.

However, there were still some students seen braving the snow days. Off campus, some students were seen gathering with all their different sleds ready to tackle the massive powdery hills. Inner tubes, wooden sleds, even trash can lids were used to feed the local adrenaline junkies.

The wild side of some Radford residents truly took hold. I witnessed a Subaru towing people one by one through the streets in a kayak! Regardless of the conditions, there is always something fun brewing in the New River Valley. This year’s snow days were treacherous yet eventful. Your opinion dictates whether the snow is whiter on the other side.