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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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gudtip February 15 2014 at 5:15 PM

after this is resolved it will be determined the college have a huge ball but those two kids may find it they have lost and don't have anymore, LOL, LOL

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Blanche February 15 2014 at 2:46 PM

Buy them books and send them to school and they still don't get any smarter. Why would they build a snowball on a hill? There had to be quite a few students to roll this 800 pound snowball, and nobody thought that it was stupid to build it on a hill?

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BARRY AND KATHY February 15 2014 at 3:31 PM

They were math majors, not engineering students.

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lxixwithu February 15 2014 at 1:55 PM

Oops.

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vincesantmyer February 15 2014 at 1:47 PM

how does this appear

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drbee50 February 15 2014 at 1:41 PM

Critics...clean up and fix the damage.

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drbee50 February 15 2014 at 1:40 PM

People are being awfully critical of the students, considering that the critiques weren't there. The collge spokesman investigated and concluded it to be an accident. Besides, there is no reason to cjarge the students since they probably have no money. Just make them help clean up the damage.

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crazy February 15 2014 at 2:55 PM

the students who caused it were the ones who reported it and said they was the one who did it

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BARRY AND KATHY February 15 2014 at 3:33 PM

Yes, they said they ''was'' the one who did it.

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Joe Palen February 15 2014 at 1:34 PM

I think Read is a great school, and such a thing sounds typical of kind of out -of - the -ordinary things their student think up to do. Sorry it caused damage, as I am sure they are too.

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kenmac7 February 15 2014 at 1:07 PM

What kind of school builds it's dorms out 2 x 4 framed exterior walls?

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gkryspin February 15 2014 at 1:05 PM

Spoiled BRATS!


Annual Per Semester
Tuition: $45,750 $22,875
Student Body Fee: $260 $130
SUBTOTAL: $46,010 $23,005
Dormitory Room: $6,120 $3,060
Base Board Plan B: $5,650 $2,825
SUBTOTAL: $11,770 $5,885
TOTAL: $57,780 $28,890

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kklinvt February 15 2014 at 2:03 PM

Yes, I suppose these kids should feel bad about getting a decent education. Not everyone can make it into whatever prestigious community college you flunked out of.

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Finchie February 15 2014 at 3:51 PM

Oh..I don't think they were spoiled brats. They were just being college kids and sometimes they do stupid stuff. My granddaughter is a sophomore in college and she's told me about some of the dumb things these kids do. They can be very creative.

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JACK ZAK February 15 2014 at 1:03 PM

I guess they didn't CALCULATE It now?

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Blanche February 15 2014 at 2:48 PM

Yeah, math majors that can't add 1 + 1. 1 big snowball on 1 hill. Nobody could figure out that equation.

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