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Snowball War at the University of Guelph

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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  • Warriors prepare for the battle ahead.

    Warriors prepare for the battle ahead.

  • A celebration of adulthood.

    A celebration of adulthood.

  • Student flees after dumping snow on another fighter.

    Student flees after dumping snow on another fighter.

  • Snowflakes fly as students are hit with snowballs.

    Snowflakes fly as students are hit with snowballs.

  • Students plan an attack.

    Students plan an attack.

  • Leapfrog.

    Leapfrog.

  • A student prepares a snowball.

    A student prepares a snowball.

  • Preparing to launch.

    Preparing to launch.

  • Approximately 250 students were in attendance.

    Approximately 250 students were in attendance.

  • Warriors hug it out after the battle.

    Warriors hug it out after the battle.

Written by Pegleess Barrios

Snowballs were flying on Johnston Green, as University of Guelph students held a snowball fight to combat midterm stress and the winter blues.

University of Guelph student and organizer of the event, Lauren Morrisson, was inspired by a snowball fight held at University of Toronto after last week's heavy snowfall. "I thought, why not Guelph, we're an awesome school, and we've got a lot of school spirit," Morrisson told CTV Kitchener news. Morrisson organized not only one, but two snowball fights - a trial version, on Wednesday February 4, and an official attempt at breaking the Guinness World Record for the largest snowball fight, on Monday February 9.

The students were fortunate to experience perfect weather conditions for both fights - no lower than -10 degrees Celcius, and fresh powdery snow that was just barely pack-able, and provided a soft hit.

The event was met with enthusiasm from the Guelph student population, who came out in hordes to Johnston Green, armed with shovels, snowpants, and a renewed appreciation of snow.

Also notable was the multitude of camera equipment on the field. Morrison, an excellent event promoter, was keen to garner media attention, and encouraged photography and video of the event, reaching out to students and media representatives online. Students and Guelph residents alike showed up with cellphones, GoPros, DSLRs, and even a drone to film the event. This was matched by CTV's set-up, who came with a camera crew to interview students during the snowball fight.

Students were thankful for the opportunity to be in a snowball fight on such a large scale. Although they did not beat the world record, the event was deemed a success. Students posted their thanks to Morrisson on the public Facebook page where the event was organized, "UofG Snowball Fight WORLD RECORD CHALLENGE". "So glad I could make it, totally worth it." Posted Suleman Tahir Raja. Raja's sentiments were echoed in a post by Madeline DeCorso - "THAT WAS SO MUCH FUN! Thank you for organizing it!"

In light of her success, Lauren Morrisson doesn't intend to stop organizing events now. "Stay tuned on Overheard [at Guelph] for the spring finals event. Right now im [sic] deciding between a gigantic game of duck duck goose with like 5 ducks and 5 gooses (trust me it gets crazy and can be really competitive) or something else I havent thought of yet." Students have also been suggesting ideas, eager to take part in another event of this kind.

YouTube video of the snowball fight by Wincen Kwok -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6QOmXlcjfE

YouTube video of the snowball fight in slow motion by "Slot Astro" -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs9iV3BB9Y0&feature=youtu.be

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