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Big, runaway snowball slams into college dorm



PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Two math majors at Reed College lost control of a massive snowball that rolled into a dorm, knocking in part of a bedroom wall.

There were no injuries, but college spokesman Kevin Myers said Friday it will cost $2,000 to $3,000 to repair the building.

The incident happened last Saturday night following a rare trio of snowstorms in Portland.

Students started building the giant snowball on a campus quad near the dorm. Urged by a crowd, the math majors tried to make the snowball as big as possible by rolling it down the sidewalk that goes past the dorm.

"And the ball just got away from them," Myers said.

After escaping their control, the boulder-sized snowball rolled about 15 yards before slamming into Unit (hash)7. Three students heard the smack and discovered the fractured bedroom wall. The student whose dorm was damaged has not had to move.

Nobody weighed the snowball, but a maintenance worker who sliced it up for removal estimated it to weigh 800 pounds or more, Myers said.

The students responsible for the runaway snowball reported the incident and won't be disciplined. Myers said they didn't intend to cause damage and feel awful about what happened. He declined to release their names and said he didn't know their class years.

Reed Magazine was first to report about the snowball.

"It was not the talk of campus until the story came out," Myers said. "The people that were there knew about it, but now it has kind of taken us by storm."

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sasha February 14 2014 at 10:40 PM

Reed, huh? F for not determining the velocity quotient.

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stephanie February 14 2014 at 9:31 PM

I thought very smart students pay a hefty tuition to attend college here?

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Aissa2 stephanie February 14 2014 at 10:09 PM

obviously, they allow some to slip in and those who do having nothing else to do create this kind of damage. Since by mistake they let them in, when they do something as ignorant as this stunt, they get a pass. They don't have to pay for any of the consequences of a stupid idea. Next time maybe they will do something even more ignorant and some adult will understand that only in the consequences can the lesson be taught. A missed moment. They could have been made to do some of the work, or made to pay for the damage. Instead, "boys will be boys, they did not mean to do it, they just made a giant snow ball and rolled it down a hill and could not keep up with it." Adults just as stupid as the students.

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ladygolfer Aissa2 February 14 2014 at 10:24 PM

You seem to have quite a chip on your shoulder, Aissa2. Haven't you had enough fun in your life?

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suzannerekrap72 Aissa2 February 14 2014 at 11:03 PM

IT'S A FREAKIN SNOWBALL!!!...............LIGHTEN UP. LIFE'S TOO SHORT TO BE SO DAMNED ANGRY AND SERIOUS. HAVE A NICE DAY. :-)

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Luvucats February 14 2014 at 9:31 PM

Two math majors; and they didn't know how much the snowball weighed. A boulder-sized snowball, and they didn't know the exact dimensions? What are these kids learning in math class?

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Aissa2 Luvucats February 14 2014 at 10:12 PM

Apparently, how to be stupid, cause damage and get away with it, not having to be responsible or pay one dime. Great education. They missed learning the biggest lesson they would have needed beyond the original education, responsibility. Apparently, all the majors involved lack common sense and now not being responsible, they won't learn it at school or beyond. All of them left-brained, not using any brain and excused by those who have no sense of the consequences of these young persons now that they have nothing really to remember, other than the stupidity of the act.

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martinezpeter1 February 14 2014 at 9:31 PM

Another one for the annuls of stupid things college kids do. They didn't get in trouble at school but wait until their parents get those repair bills. lmbo

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jwyola February 14 2014 at 9:30 PM

Math Majors......?

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Carolyn jwyola February 14 2014 at 10:32 PM

yeah obviously they count butts - where they put their heads with this acts

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theguildedscribe February 14 2014 at 9:23 PM

This proves there are cracks within our System of Education!

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lady4dogs February 14 2014 at 11:44 PM

The dorm must not have been built very well.

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jmchladek February 15 2014 at 1:21 AM

New meaning to the term "things can snowball out of control".

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boyle1034 jmchladek February 15 2014 at 4:01 AM

That's very funny...pure fun..I love that kind of humor :).

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ConsumerActivist February 15 2014 at 1:37 AM

Send them to North Korea, they need another secret weapon.

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wfathertime February 14 2014 at 10:51 PM

Math majors figures it would take a little time for them to do the math. As for me it was a good laugh. I would n't worry to much they will probable remember that things round roll. As for the damage I would hope they will help do the repairs in some way. We all learn something from doing something after the fact.

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