COLUMBIA — Hundreds of snowballs whizzed through the air as more than 100 MU students participated in a snowball fight on the Francis Quadrangle on Thursday afternoon.
The snowballs fell like dust across the quad. The snow may not have packed very well, but there were plenty of people laughing and smiling; everyone looked like they were having a good time.
Many of the fighters were covered in snow. People were tackling each other into the 17 inches of snow. The participants were throwing snowballs at random people, even hitting reporters and photographers.
When it was time for a break, people retreated to the columns where many spectators were standing.
MU freshman Cole Karr organized the event dubbed “Snow Brawl on the Quad!” via Facebook. Karr could not be reached at the event for comment. According to the event page, Karr said a previous Missourian story about Chancellor Brady Deaton’s family having a snowball fight on the quad over winter break inspired him.
Scheduled to kick off at 4:30 p.m., the brawl attracted snow fighters from all over campus. MU freshman William Caldwell made the journey to the quad from Wolpers Hall, located at the intersection of Hitt and Rollins streets. Fortunately, students were able to avoid walking in major streets as the sidewalks had been sufficiently cleared of snow.
The actual size of the snowballs being thrown ranged from that of a golf ball to small boulders, though many crumbled in mid-air.
“The snow actually packs terribly," Caldwell said. "You just have to find snowballs that have already formed.”
Although the snow was hard to pack, one snowball hit MU sophomore Jordyn Klackner in the face and broke her sunglasses. "I am a victim," she said with one arm of the glasses remaining and poking out from beneath her hat.
"I was just standing around looking for someone to pelt and someone pelted me in the face," she said.
Among the crowd was Casey Peetz, an MU sophomore, dressed in a penguin suit. "This is my natural habitat," said Peetz, "I got it (the suit) from the North Pole." Peetz was an easy target for snowballs because of her costume. But she explained she had special training because she was from the North Pole.
Three other MU students, Michael Butler, Michael Fitzpatrick and Schulyer Noeth, trekked over to the quad from Mark Twain Hall.
“We all would rather just be spectators than participators. It’s just too cold for us,” Noeth said.