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Giant Runaway Snowball Slams Into College Dorm in Portland, OR

Saturday, February 15, 2014

The crash ripped a wall off its studs and narrowly missed a window. No one was injured in the collision. College officials say the ball was some 40 inches in diameter and weighed from 800 to 900 pounds.

PORTLAND, OR -- 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 #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."

This February 8, 2014 image provided by Reed College shows a large snowball that crashed into a Grove Quad dormitory at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.
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I'm glad the school realized what was going on and isn't punishing the students.

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Re: Giant Runaway Snowball Slams Into College Dorm in Portland, OR

I was just up there Feb 6th. I always miss the fun

And yes, snow really is a huge deal around here. I lived in Portland for 10 years and it snowed twice

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That's like a bad word problem.

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Imagine the guy/girl having a shag at the time and that big fucker rolls in.

"did you cum?"

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I was just up there Feb 6th. I always miss the fun

And yes, snow really is a huge deal around here. I lived in Portland for 10 years and it snowed twice
I'll send you some!

I still cannot get out of the garage. Well, I can get out, but, can't clear the actual driveway.

Never trust a guy who shovels, then tells you, "You're good. You can get out," who drives a truck, lol!

There is a hole, snow, ice and water and my car is small. Had a kind young neighbor push me back into the garage! Thank goodness

This is the first time I couldn't get out for this long. We should be thawed out tomorrow, hopefully, for small car drivers.

I still won't drive a bigger one though!

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Re: Giant Runaway Snowball Slams Into College Dorm in Portland, OR

Booze will do that to ya

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