RADFORD, Va. – Radford University experienced its first snow day for the 2014-2015 school year on Feb. 16, 2015, with a prediction of up to eight inches of snow lasting until the following night, giving Radford students and staff the day off.
When students are given snow days, there are multiple activities that they can choose to do. Some like to go outside and take pictures or enjoy sledding or having snowball fights.
Many enjoy staying in with a cup of hot chocolate and a good movie or book or rather like to go to a friend’s house and spend the day there and just hang out. However, the most common activity students at RU do on snow days, is celebrating the snowfall with friends.
Freshman Stephanie Seitz was really looking forward to the snow. “Sledding is the best thing to do on snow days because it’s really fun, especially if you down headfirst,” said Seitz.
Seitz is a social science major, currently living in Tyler Hall. This was her first experience with snow at Radford, and the first thing she did when it started snowing hard, walked around campus with her roommate and frolic in the snow.
On average, the city of Radford gets about 16 inches of snow, two inches above the average snowfall for the state of Virginia, according to usa.com.
“The C.O.B.E. [The College of Business and Economics] is the best place to go sledding! It has a lot of hills, which would be fun to go down,” said senior Laura Dannemiller.
The C.O.B.E. building officially opened in the fall of 2012 and is currently one of the biggest buildings on Radford University’s campus, residing on top of a steep hill.
Dannemiller is a public relations major, currently living in an apartment on light side. She has experienced multiple snowstorms while at RU and really loves spending her snow days with her friends at her apartment.
The time frame that students choose to spend playing in the snow or being outside during a snowstorm varies on how much one likes that type of weather. Some students only go outside to get food; others will go outside to just appreciate the weather and play in it as well.
“I probably spend an hour outside during a snow day. Once my clothes start getting wet I quit,” said Seitz. In contrast, Dannemiller said that she spends three or four hours in the snow, and whenever she gets really tired and just want some hot chocolate she goes inside.
When universities close, it causes the issue of whether or not their regular activities and school transportation services will still be available to their student body.
For Radford University, on Monday, their transit buses stopped operating at 5 p.m., and the Radford Men’s Basketball game against Coastal Carolina scheduled for Monday as well was changed to only being open to RU students who are able to walk to the Dedmon Center.
Closing the university also changes the hours of operation for Radford University’s dining halls for students living on campus. The Bonnie Hurlburt Student Center and Dalton Hall remained open for students until 10 p.m on Monday.
In the past years at RU, students usually have snowball fights in front of Heth hall, the center of the university’s campus. “It’s the best place to play in the snow; you can play with more people,” Dannemiller recalls.
For example, last year many students participated in a huge snowball fight on Heth lawn, consisting of about 30-40 students, according to Radford University’s Facebook page.
“The snowball fights are the best. I remember how intense it was last year on the Heth lawn, and it’s safe to say, everyone who walked by was a target,” said Dannemiller.
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