Friday, January 27, 2012
The snow on West Georgia Drive was seven inches thick – 18 tons of it – despite the 56 degree weather, sunny sky and mild breezes.
The afternoon of snow fights, hot chocolate and t-shirts was the brainchild of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. It was the first Stay West event that featured man-made snow.
“A lot of people were nervous about it,” said Melissa Hewitt, a Stay West organizer.
But fears were put to rest as students, many dressed in short sleeve shirts and sneakers, built snow forts and walloped each other.
About 150 students took part in Snowpocalypse 2012 on Jan. 27. Organizers worked with The Wolf Internet Radio, which hosted its Flashback Fridays. The station set the mood with music from the ‘90s.
“This is a perfect way to kickoff the weekend,” said Joshua Stephens, education coordinator of TKE and primary coordinator of Snowpocalypse. He said the fraternity wanted to provide a fun and free event for the UWG student body.
“It’s wicked crazy,” said Krystal Horne, of The Wolf.
Other Stay West events this semester include: SAC’s Dinner, Movie and a Blanket Night; an evening of casino and miniature golf; a music festival; and the University Recreation Wellness Expo. Each event will offer free t-shirts.
“It’s really exciting for the students,” said Hewitt, “because they get to make their ideas come to life.”