Campus Becomes Playground for Snow-Starved Students
By Lauren Brown
Madison Herron ’21, of Miami, takes a turn in a laundry basket for her first time sledding behind McKeldin Library yesterday.
The University of Maryland yesterday saw its biggest snowfall in two years—and the fact that it measured around 2 inches didn’t cool Terps’ enthusiasm.
Students scurried outside to spend a Sunday sledding (or sliding on whatever was handy), throwing snowballs, building snowmen and frolicking with abandon—a welcome form of winter fun during the pandemic.
They were smart for playing promptly, since the snow may not last for long: For today, the National Weather Service is forecasting rain and freezing rain turning to light snow with a high near 34 degrees. Less than an inch of new snow is expected.
Meanwhile, UMD classes, all held online for the first two weeks of this semester, were scheduled to be held as usual today.
Not everyone was looking to get snow down their collar; Willow Walk was a good place for a scenic walk through the falling flakes.
Graduate student Kelly Zahnen of Columbia, Md., throws a snowball at friends on McKeldin Mall yesterday.
From left, graduate students Jenna Trupp of Gaithersburg, Md., and Sydney Hancock and Kelly Zahnen of Columbia, Md., engage in a snowball standoff on McKeldin Mall yesterday.
Students pose for photos and others ponder a snow-caked Testudo in front of McKeldin Library.
Emma Newell ’22, of Massachusetts, Ariane Sharifi of Baltimore and Caitlin Bourke of New Jersey pose with the temporary Terp they built yesterday.
One forward-thinking (and optimistic) Terp thought to bring his sled from home in case it might come in handy on a day like yesterday.
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