Delivering American University's news and views since 1925. | Thursday, October 18, 2018

Snow blankets campus, D.C.

Lucia Walinchus donned "the whole caboodle" - two pairs of pants, sweater, coat, hat, scarf and mittens - to keep the chill away while sledding Sunday night.

Borrowing a friend's sled, Walinchus, a sophomore in the School of Communication, spent the best part of the night in the Amphitheater and the road outside of Leonard Hall. While it wasn't quite icy enough to use food trays, which many students "borrowed" from TDR and used anyway, the snow provided an excuse to have some fun. Other students, however, weren't so interested in playing in the snow. Like Nick Vockrodt, a senior in the School of Public Affairs, who spent most of his day inside in a tradition he's established while attending high school in Massachusetts: watching "Dangerous Minds."

"I've watched it every snow day," Vockrodt said, "even if it's two snow days in a row."

The snow - which covered the District Sunday night and early Monday morning - caused students to wait until early Monday to find out whether or not they should attend class.

"I like to stay up until 6 a.m., when they announce it," Travis Brown said, a junior in Kogod. Although the official decision to cancel classes came later that morning, Brown's tradition of waiting to the announcement paid off - at least this time.

"It's a gamble," he said. "I've been disappointed many times, gone to class with no sleep or a bad hangover"


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