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snOMG.jpgIt has been fun, but we all knew it had to come to an end at some point. After four full snow days (and, in some cases, five), nearly all of Washington's colleges are reopening today.

The University of Maryland is still closed today (this is snow day No. 6) because campus sidewalks and steps are treacherous, and there is ice and snow dangerously falling from roofs and trees. The University of DC and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, are also closed.

Once the storm ended, groups of students banded together to help their neighbors dig out. But the true campus heroes of Smowmageddon were the hundreds of dining services workers, residence hall employees, maintenance crews, security teams and others who worked around the clock. Many of these employees have been living on or near campus all week, dealing with hyper college students and are just now returning home.

As you return to class for a one-day school week, here is a score card for how local colleges fared in the great snowstorm:

Catholic University
Friday status: Open
Snow day count: 5
SnOMG punishment: Unknown
Snowball fight style: Holy War. The Facebook page for a Thursday afternoon fight states: "Everything is fair game....but if this picks up, be prepared for WAR. You gotta go all or nothing on this one."

Johns Hopkins University
Friday status: Mostly open
Snow day count: 4
SnOMG punishment: Seven days added to the end of the school year. Classes will now end of May 7, instead of April 30, and finals will be May 10-16. Commencement will still be on May 27.
Snowball fight style: Quickly bored by the concept. Why have a snowball fight when you can sled on trays, play tackle football and construct elaborate igloos and snow forts?

George Washington University
Friday status: Open
Snow day count: 4.5
SnOMG punishment: School year extended. Classes will be made up April 27 through May 1.
Snowball fight style: Twitter savvy and well documented. GWU students challenged Georgetown students to a snowball fight Wednesday night. More than 200 students showed up and so did the university president and his wife. In addition to burying the small group of Georgetown students who showed up, students live Twittered the fight using the hashtag #gwgusnowdown, photographed the fight, videotaped the fight, reported on the fight and blogged about the fight. Then the university issued a press release about the fight. For the record: There was a fight. It was epic. It will never be forgotten.

Friday status: Open
Snow day count: 4.5
SnOMG punishment: Class on President's Day on Monday (Angry Facebook protest already launched)
Snowball fight style: Too cool for snowball fights. A few dozen students showed up to the GWU snowball fight. "Georgetown was too busy being smart," one student explained in a Facebook comment.

University of Maryland, College Park
Friday status: Closed
Snow day count: 6
SnOMG punishment: To be determined next week
Snowball fight style: Massive and all-out crazy. On Saturday, nearly 3,000 people gathered on the mall for an upperclassmen vs. underclassmen fight.

University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Friday status: Closed
Snow day count: 5.5
SnOMG punishment: To be determined next week
Snowball fight style: Those darn kids. In a long memo about all things snow-related, university officials asked students to please "limit rough or risky outdoor snow play."

Howard University
Friday status: Open
Snow day count: 4.5
SnOMG punishment: Unknown.
Snowball fight style:I am guessing at least a few students ventured to Saturday's fight at 14th and U streets.

George Mason University
Friday status: Open
Snow day count: 4.5
SnOMG punishment: Finals have been pushed back a few days from May 5-7 to May 8-12. Final exam periods will be two hours long instead of two hours and 45 minutes.
Snowball fight style: Kevin Loker, Connect2Mason executive editor, tells me that someone rolled a 7-foot-tall snowball in front of the door of a local late-night diner.

American University
Friday status: Open
Snow day count: 4.5
SnOMG punishment: There will be no changes in the schedule for the upcoming break, exams or end of term. But some students had to "attend" class online during their snow days.
Snowball fight style:I don't know of any snowball fights on campus, but the 2010 Founder's Day Ball has been postponed because of the weather.

Gallaudet University
Friday status: Closed
Snow day count: 5
SnOMG punishment: Yet to be determine.
Snowball fight style: Anyone have details? Photos?

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By Jenna Johnson  |  February 12, 2010; 9:57 AM ET
 | Tags: American, Catholic University, Gallaudet, George Mason, George Washington, Georgetown, Howard, Johns Hopkins, University of Maryland  
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