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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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eflow35641 February 14 2014 at 9:43 PM

The journalism students wrote about it, the art students were inspired, and the physics students just laughed at those dumba$$ math majors.

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Brian February 15 2014 at 5:50 AM

Whenever someone "dares" you to do something... Don't do it.

It is NEVER worth it.

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jimbhg February 14 2014 at 10:31 PM

I don't believe this place is safe. What would happen in an earth quake? Move out before it's too late.

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mesager42 February 14 2014 at 11:26 PM

Dorm looks like it's made from very cheap material.

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Vimala Nowlis mesager42 February 14 2014 at 11:35 PM

That's why the damage is only $2000 to $3000. Otherwise it would be much more.

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Steve February 14 2014 at 11:25 PM

'The student whose dorm was damaged has not had to move.'. That is because you can't even tell a snowball ever hit it. Have you ever seen a dorm room? They typically look like a disaster area on a good day, so this one is actually better than average even with the damaged wall.

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ukegal February 14 2014 at 9:13 PM

I guess those Bugs Bunny cartoons weren't lying.

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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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Deborahdzy February 15 2014 at 5:02 AM

Whoops ! Must have been a boring day.

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Lloyd Alyson February 14 2014 at 9:10 PM

I'm an SU grad. That's a small snowball...

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shacolate February 14 2014 at 9:05 PM

Reminds me of the lyrics from an old Temptations song..."Like a snowball rolling down the side of a snow covered hill---it's growing"

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