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Snomageddon hits hard

snOMG.jpgThe blizzard is still raging, stuff is collapsing, classes are being canceled and students are trying to make the best of the situation. Did I mention that it's still snowing out there?

Here's what's going on at local colleges (compiled from my apartment, where a huge leaning magnolia tree threatens to fall at any second and take out part of the building):

American University

The canopy over a relatively new bridge that connects the student center to an academic building collapsed late Wednesday morning, The Eagle reports. The newspaper staff also put together a Facebook photo gallery of the damage.

George Washington University

The Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity house was evacuated today when the house manager noticed the main structural beam in his room on the top floor was cracking and splintering, The GW Hatchet reports. Emergency responders concluded the roof was at risk of collapsing and told the frat brothers to evacuate for at least a week. Officials with GW facilities management and the university police department did a sweep of other rowhouses and properties in the area and found no additional safety problems, The Hatchet reported.

While students are enjoying yet another snow day, The Hatchet has been churning out dozens of stories, blog posts and tweets about the storm, school cancellations and other important information (like which liquor stores near campus are open). Keep it up guys!

And in case you haven't heard, GW students have also organized a massive snowball fight against Georgetown University that is set to go down at 6 p.m.

Catholic University

University Chaplain the Rev. Robert Schlageter knew that helicopter parents across the country would be worried about their children during The Great Snowpocalypse, so he ventured out in the snow with a video camera and created YouTube videos to calm their fears.

"We just want to let everyone know that everything is fine here at CUA," Father Bob said in his first video over the weekend. He showed parents that the roads and parking lots were being cleared and where emergency vehicles could pull up if needed. He walked through campus, asking students to say hi to their parents, and went into great detail about the wonderful food students were being fed (made-to-order omelets!?).

In his second video on Tuesday, Father Bob interviewed students about how they were spending their snow day - and somehow found numerous students who talked about how much they were studying. One student said they were studying so much, they might not need to go to class for the rest of the week.

You can also watch Father Bob's videos on Catholic University's Facebook page.

University of Maryland

The university plans to spend about a quarter-million dollars to clean up this week's Snowmageddon - twice its budget for the entire academic school year, The Diamondback reports. The campus has 23 miles of sidewalk, 10,000 steps, 12 miles of road and 24,000 parking spaces, so it's going to take a while to dig out.

Johns Hopkins University

With the campus closed through Thursday, the university has transformed its Web site into a photo gallery. Every 30 seconds a new photo of the snowed-in campus pops up, along with the cheeky banner, "We'll be right back."

What else is going on? What schools did I miss? E-mail me your news!

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By Jenna Johnson  |  February 10, 2010; 4:02 PM ET
 | Tags: American, Catholic University, George Washington, Johns Hopkins, University of Maryland  
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