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snOMG.jpgWashington is covered in snow -- no, buried in snow -- and every college I know of in the area has canceled classes for the day. And despite power outages, falling trees, lack of cabs, store closures, icy sidewalks and general panic, college students are having a lot of fun.

snowday.jpgAt the University of Maryland, almost 3,000 people gathered on the mall for a massive snowball fight Saturday afternoon. Juniors and seniors were on one side, freshman and sophomores on the other. Someone waved a Maryland flag and the two sides ran towards each other, chucking snowballs. There were chants of, "Hey, you suck!" There was a guy running around without a shirt on. A few students skied and snowboarded down steep building steps. You have to check out the Diamondback's video and photos of the epic fight. The student paper even set up a special e-mail account for students to send in their own photos of the fight: snomg@umdbk.com.

At George Mason University in Fairfax County, dining services employees and managers spent the weekend at the luxurious Best Western and then were shuttled to and from campus in rented, eight-passenger SUVs so that students living in the dorms wouldn't go hungry, Connect2Mason reports.

At George Washington University in D.C., students enjoyed walking around the snow-covered monuments, gathering for movie marathons, catching up on homework, braving the lines at Trader Joes and participating in numerous impromptu snowball fights (including one that broke a fraternity house window). But despite the treacherous weather, one top university administrator still prowled the campus in style. In addition to tons of snow coverage (more than I have seen at any other student newspaper), the GW Hatchet also has photo galleries of the snow-covered campus.

Hundreds of Georgetown University students (and Nancy Pelosi) braved the storm Saturday to watch the Hoyas beat No. 2 ranked Villanova University. Today students can figure out which bars, restaurants and other Georgetown establishments are open using the Twitter hashtag #OpenInGtown, which is being promoted by the campus blog, Vox Populi.

Even before this storm, Virginia Tech University had already spent $50,000 on snow removal -- twice what they typically spend each winter, The Collegiate Times reports.

Last year the student newspaper at the College of William and Mary, The Flat Hat, wrote an editorial all about the greatness of snow days and how colleges need to have them more often. "Anyway, we had a lot of fun running around and sledding and throwing snowballs and taking pictures and frolicking and making snow angels and... well, you see, the point is that we need another day like that. Why not tomorrow? Seems as good as any to us."

And if you are starting to get bored in the dorms, why not start planning your spring break adventure? The GW Hatchet put together a planning guide last week and offered a bunch of suggestions for booking a European adventure, cruise, ski resort or road trip to Canada, where the drinking age is 18. You could also stay home and pretend to be a D.C. tourist.

Planning to head someplace warm? The Alligator at the University of Florida put together work-out videos and tips that can help you get a swimsuit-ready body in just five weeks.

Did I miss snow news from your campus? Let me know in an email or send a Tweet using the #wpcollege hashtag.

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By Jenna Johnson  |  February 8, 2010; 1:18 PM ET
 | Tags: College of William and Mary, George Mason, George Washington, Georgetown, University of Florida, University of Maryland, VA Tech  
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Having grown up in the midwest it was always funny watching the students from Africa and the Caribbean (and anyone else who had never seen snow in person) whenever it snowed--they would go outside and play while the rest of us watched from our warm dorm rooms on Howard's campus.

Posted by: 39aka94 | February 9, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

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