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Little White Snowflake

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“Little white snowflakes falling on the pale white skin.” Photo from: https://writinginnorthnorfolk.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/snowflake-tears.jpg

Little white snowflake falling from the sky,
Little white sparkles falling on the curls.
White flakes hanging from the lashes,
Light blue eyes watching the gray clouds go by.
Watching the little white snowflakes falling all around,
One, Two, Three, time to fall down.
All the little white snowflakes acting as a bed,
Nice, soft, and very cold.
Little white snowflakes falling on the pale white skin.

5 Fun Things To Do During The Snow Days

During the snow days, people find themselves feeling trapped inside their apartments or houses at school. Especially if you don’t have a car or can’t get your car out to drive around through the snow you can easily get bored. Here are some ways that you could stay busy and still have fun during the snow days if you’re feeling separated from your everyday normal life and routines.

  1. Get an adult coloring book and color away. Adult coloring books sound a little childish, but they are very calming and enjoyable. Especially on a cold, snowy day when you don’t want to go outside in the snow it’s a great way to enjoy your snow day without actually going in the snow.
  2. Binge watch a Netflix series all day. You can start a new Netflix series and watch it for hours and hours because you have nowhere else to be besides your bed on the snow day anyway. It’s a good way to pass the time quickly and still enjoy it.
  3. Build a snowman outside with some friends. Since it’s a snow day, you can bundle up and go outside and enjoy it.  Building a snowman is a fun way to play in the snow and pass some time on your day off.
  4. Bake food during the snow day. This will be a great way to make some enjoyable food and spend time either with friends or just yourself on a snow day. It will definitely pass the time quicker and you will have some good food to eat after you’re done.
  5. Get some schoolwork done. As much as no one wants to do homework or clean their house or apartment, it’s something you can do during the snow day or days.  It will pass time quickly and you will feel accomplished and productive after you’re finished.

How To Stay Focused During The Canceled School Days

Just another snow day on campus. Graphic by Katie Gibson
Just another snow day on campus. Graphic by Katie Gibson

During the snow days, when classes get canceled, it can be hard to still think about school. Everyone wants to go crazy and enjoy their snow days, almost a little too much. You have to keep in mind that school is right around the corner and fast approaching while everyone has thrown their textbooks and assignments to the side and focused on the snow. Obviously you should enjoy your day or days off but it doesn’t hurt to do a little schoolwork over the extended break as well. This way you don’t feel completely separated from your schoolwork when you have to return after the snow is cleared.

Peer pressure is a huge part of why so many students get behind during snow days and canceled classes. It sounds very cliche but it’s still a very true phenomena that I’ve witnessed  in many of my friends around me. When you don’t look at anything school related from Thursday-Tuesday you tend to notice you become sidetracked and start to care less about your work. Try to finish whatever little task or assignment it is you think you need done when school comes back around shortly. This way, you can still enjoy your snow day but you also know that you’ve done some work, you don’t feel as detached from your schoolwork, and you’ve been somewhat productive on your day off.

Others just feel groggy and don’t see the point in doing work during the canceled class days, they figure it’s their day off why waste their time doing schoolwork. This is an understandable mindset but your teachers won’t care that you didn’t have actual class and may expect you to still turn in assignments online or still be keeping up with the reading for your class.

Don’t get distracted by the fun and the snow completely, still stay intact and in touch with your classes and due dates.

The Downside of Snow

Everybody loves the snow when it’s falling from the sky, or when you can make snow angels and miss school because it’s fluffy and white on the ground everywhere around you.  However, after the few days that the snow looks pretty and is actually enjoyable, it doesn’t magically go away. It still covers the parking lots, the cars, the sides of the roads, but it looks different than before.

It starts to get black as the trucks shovel it from the lanes of the road and it piles up and compacts into a big block of ice just sitting on the side of every road. With each passing day it becomes more and more black and nasty looking. When you walk to class you have to watch each step you take because there may not be snow, but there’s ice and it can sneak up on you when you least expect it. After the snow stops falling from the sky, we almost forget that it’s still freezing outside; here are patches of ice that you will bust your butt on as you speed walk to class across campus.

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“The now unwanted snow also makes grass and yards muddy.” Photo by: Danielle Johnson

Another bad thing about the snow that won’t melt right away or for a week or so is that it still covers your car, requiring you to dig out the snow behind your tires. You have to make sure the path for your tires is clear so you can get out of your parking spot and clear the snow off the top of your car so it doesn’t slide down in front of the windshield when you are driving around. It’s an annoying and repetitive task to remove snow from on top of and around your car.

The now unwanted snow also makes grass and yards muddy. The ice will stick to certain patches but because of all the snow that was once there and is now melting away, the grass gets kicked up when people walk across it. The grass, when kicked up, brings up muddy dirt that just keeps on getting muddier and thicker as people walk across it. Snow is great, don’t get me wrong, but once the snow days have passed and it starts to turn black and irrelevant I’m ready for it to melt and be done with it.

Why won’t school ever be cancelled?

Whenever we get snow, the first schools to close are always the high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools. The babies of the community get to sleep in, hang out with their friends, and eat all day.

Colleges, however, hardly ever close. Colleges will wait until death is a certainty when you go outside before they close the school, whereas high schools will close when there is a centimeter of snow on the ground. I went through the torture that was high school, and this is how I’m repaid? I did my time and now these kids in high school get to have a week off of school while I have 8 am classes every day. It’s unfair and ridiculous.

Why can't school be closed everyday? Photo from plano88
Why can’t school be closed everyday? Photo from plano88

I used to go to Blacksburg High School where school is closed every other day during the winter. As I’m writing this, my mom got a call saying that the high school is closed for tomorrow. The reasons why high schools are closed are ridiculous.

Radford has forced me to check my email every three minutes, hoping for classes to be cancelled. They’ve created a monster in me. These kids who get to wake up at 7:30 am to get to school at 7:45  are complaining about having to go to school, when I have to wake up at 6 am every morning to leave by 7:15 in order to get to Radford by 7:45. I then have to park in four-hour parking, and walk in the 12 degree weather to my class across campus. But, apparently, the high schools definitely need to be closed and colleges should never close. It all makes so much sense. I wish I could feel bad for my friends that are still in high school, but I don’t.

They say college is so much better than high school, but from what I’ve seen, college is harder and will close when hell freezes over. My favorite part of college is walking to class with my hands feeling like ice cubes, my nose dripping with snot because it’s so cold, and then getting to the classrooms where it’s hotter than hell, forcing me to take off all of my snow gear and then having to put it back on when I leave. That’s the best. I love college.

The Snowpocalypse of 2016

One of the cons of the Snowpocalypse. Image from Shuttershock.
One of the cons of the Snowpocalypse. Image from Shuttershock.

This year, if you’re like me, you’ve been patiently waiting for snow, even if it was just a slight dusting. November went by, and then December, your dreams of snow slowly starting to become nothing but just that, a dream. I sat up late at night wishing upon that first star, praying for snow, asking the sweet heavens above for just a few snow flakes.

That’s when it happened. January came around, like it does every year, and gave us wishful snow lovers some hope. The days became colder, and my love for snow became stronger.

January 22, 2016 was the day that will be etched in my memory for the rest of my life.

The snowpocalypse was the most beautiful event I’ve ever witnessed. The snow began to fall in the early morning hours and didn’t cease until the following night. It created more than a foot of snow and made me happier than the day I graduated from high school.

The delicate precipitation covered the bare branches of the trees in my front lawn, making them whiter than the oscar nominees. The roads were covered in sleet and snow, making it impossible for me to make my daily McDonald’s run, but the breathtaking sight of the crisp, yet soft, snow was worth it. I imagined the snow singing, as it fell, “Baby, I’m worth it” and doing the naenae.

However, one of the best parts of the immense snowfall was the day school was cancelled. I remember the happiness that bubbled inside of me, releasing itself through my mouth in the form of exciting scream and chanting “It’s the best day ever!” and planning on sleeping in until at least noon. I stayed up almost all night watching murder documentaries and not feeling one ounce of guilt.

It was one of the most joyous, stunning, and life-changing experiences I’ve ever had, including the time same-sex marriage became legal. It wasn’t only beautiful to the eye but beautiful to the soul. I only hope that, one day, everyone can have the same deep emotional evolution on their soul that this Snowpocalypse had on me.

Radford’s Recent Snowpocalypse

Our school was closed Friday due to all the snow we ended up getting in what the students all call Radford’s Snowpocalypse 2016.  We got the day off Friday to go play in the snow with everyone and enjoy the winter wonderland for the weekend.  There are always some positives and negatives when something like a snow storm hits your town, I like to focus more on the positives but also can’t help to think about some of the negative aspects as well.

How did you spend the snow day? Graphic from BoulderSource
How did you spend the snow day? Graphic from Boulder Source

Some positives were that we got to have school off the whole day and wake up to it snowing which is always exciting no matter how old you are.  Also, because of the snow almost nobody was able to drive so we could walk and run through the streets without worrying about watching out for cars.  There was so much snow it was easy to have snowball fights, make igloos, and snow angels with everyone which was the most fun of my weekend.  However, some negatives that came with the snow were how cold it is for one.  You had to be wearing triple layers of socks and long boots with lined leggings and a huge puffy jacket not to mention ear muffs or a hat and gloves because if you didn’t at least have this stuff you were frozen somewhere on your body when you were outside in the snow.  Also, since we didn’t have school a lot of people spent a lot of their money on either drinks or food either preparing for the snow because they wouldn’t be able to leave the house for a while or just getting things to go to parties.  That was the lowest negative for me was spending more money than I had anticipated or wanted to.

Overall, the snowpocalypse in Radford was well worth all of the money blown and frozen faces and hands.

 

The white end

This is it.

I step out of the car

Reflexes brace against cold

Is this worth it?

I take a step.

I take another

Boots and snow mesh

The cold spreads

Wind rips like daggers.

It slices through my clothes

I feel naked

What could I do to prevent this?

I take a step.

And then another

Boots meet ice

Why does this always happen?

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“Everything is white. The snow, the ice, the sky.” Photo By: Caroline Leggett

 

I slip.

All of my preparation, useless

My momentum used against me

How will this end?

Everything is white.

The snow, the ice, the sky

I can’t see

What’s happening to me?

I lie there.

Pain in my head

Numbness in my hands

How ridiculous is this?

I stay there.

There’s no point now

No purpose

I’m not going to make that class.

Stranded in ice

You’re stranded upon a highway, becoming more nervous with each new layer of snow that covers the pavement.

Ahead, police officers are flagging drivers to move forward carefully around two cars in a ditch. Suddenly, as you move into another lane at a higher speed, your car slides and rams into another car. Late for class and with substantial damage to your car, you question whether  it was the right decision to commute to school.

This is one situation of many that cause concern for students, faculty, university employees and family members as a decision to brave the weather is made. However, given the variety of circumstances in which Radford University’s associates and the city find themselves, this can prove difficult.

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“‘The safety of Radford students, instructors, and university employees is paramount,” said Carpenter.” Photo By: Caroline Leggett

 

Joe Carpenter, vice president for University Relations and chief communications officer at RU places prevention as the number one concern during hazardous seasons. “The safety of Radford students, instructors, and university employees is paramount,” said Carpenter.

There are no certainties with weather, however, certain precautions are placed to predict cause and effect. According to Carpenter, three main groups at Radford collect data and make decisions.

The first organization is the Office of Emergency Preparedness, which has subscriptions to weather services. According to Carpenter, when further information is needed, the OEP contacts regional and state planning offices for guidance.

Because police officers are often required to be on scene before and during dangerous situations, the university also reaches out to the  university and local police departments if necessary.

For a direct link to the state of campus, Facilities Management also gathers data involved with the current and potential weather. “They are responsible for keeping sideways and roadways clear,” said Carpenter. In addition, this department looks at commuters, faculty and employees at RU to ensure they’re able to travel as safely as possible.

Nearby colleges such as Virginia Tech are also contacted in order to further prepare Radford University. Since this university is particularly close, officials at RU are aware of the connections of its personnel with Virginia Tech. “We may have folks at Radford who have spouses or friends who work there,” said Carpenter.

Once RU feels confident with their decision, it’s relayed through the appropriate channels. The information is immediately forwarded to all personnel . “University Relations sends email to faculty, employees, social media and local media,” said Carpenter.

With the prediction of at least eight inches of snow for the Radford region, Carpenter stated yesterday was a good example of how the University dissects and reacts to information. “We were given 24 hours in advance, so we monitored what could happen and predict what might arrive,” said Carpenter. Radford subsequently decided to delay opening until 11 a.m.

According to Carpenter, the decision was made that morning and then dispensed afterwards. “We knew there wasn’t going to be additional snow, so Radford then estimated how long it would take to clear everything,” said Carpenter. For the sheer amount of students who commute from distant locations, commuter safety was a major factor in the decision.

Once this information is made available to as many as possible, the university then figures out how to recover. Clearing roadways and sidewalks is essential during this process.

Especially during the latter part of each semesterwhen preparation for final exams occursthe need to attend class might cause students to risk their well-being.

Radford University is all too aware of this possibility, and has forces in place to ensure safety is upheld.

Jack Frost is not kind to pets

While at college, it’s pretty normal for students to feel lonely at times. According to Animal Control Officer Adele Katrovitz, many of these students find that adopting a furry little friend is the perfect solution to make their house or apartment feel more like a home and ease their loneliness. Unfortunately, first-time pet owners often don’t know how harmful cold weather can be to their pets.

Since outdoor pets spend most of their time outside, their owners tend to think that the animals with be fine when the temperature drops. This is simply not the case. Most dogs shouldn’t be left outside for long in temperatures below 40 degrees. Young puppies and older dogs are even more susceptible to the cold and should only be let outside in the cold to relieve themselves.

Lycan, a Husky-Shepherd mix, dozes on the couch wrapped in a blanket. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Lynch.
Lycan, a Husky-Shepherd mix, dozes on the couch wrapped in a blanket. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Lynch.

“Inclement weather can be very detrimental to outdoor pets,” Katrovitz says. “Temperatures that we are expecting [this week] can cause hypothermia, frostbite, and even death.”

Virginia state law says that animals left chained outside must have access to adequate shelter that protects them from the elements. If you aren’t able to bring your pet inside, make sure they’ll be comfortable by providing some form of shelter and then insulating it with straw or blankets. Water bowls can easily freeze during cold weather, so be sure that your pet is getting enough to drink.

“Shivering, lifting legs off the ground, huddling in a fetal position, wet coat, vocalizing and scratching at the door to come in are all signs that your pet is too cold,” said Katrovitz.

Janie Maitland, a junior communications major at Radford University, keeps  walks with her dog Roxy short during bouts of cold weather.

“I think people who leave their animals out in the cold are jerks. Even if your pet is an ‘outdoor’ pet, they still get cold. Some people worry about their outdoor pets smelling or being dirty, but I think it’s super easy to make a little nest for them in the bathroom or mud room,” she says.

Cars don’t count as a form of shelter for animals. Much has been said about leaving animals locked in the car when it’s hot out, but it’s just as bad to leave them in the car in the cold. Cars act like refrigerators in cold weather; they trap the cold, freezing anyone or anything inside. Ever left a water bottle in the car only to find it frozen in the morning? Imagine if that were your dog or cat.

When the snows come, dogs should never be let off of their leash unless they’re fenced in. The snow covers up most normal scents that would lead him or her home, so when they get the urge to run, they may not be able to find their way back.

15 ways to enjoy the upcoming Snowpocalypses of 2015

With the recent blizzards and arctic temperatures, it’s easy to feel that all hope is lost and there’s nothing to do but wait miserably for spring. In the meantime, though, there are small glimmers of hope for us dwellers of Radford. Fret not, because there’s still joy to be found and fun to be had (even in the dark corners of your dorm or apartment) as you shelter from the cold. There are many activities you can partake in which will fill your heart with the wonder you thought only the warm embrace of spring could give you.1. Bake cookies, muffins, cupcakes, etc.

This will not only make you feel warm and happy, but getting the oven going will make your apartment warm as well.

  1. Make it a coffee date.

-Invite your friends, crushes, or neighbors over for some coffee, hot cocoa and shenanigans. You might even want to…

  1. Add some chocolate,caramel, or peppermint liquor to your hot cocoa.

-This speaks for itself.

  1. Have some snuggles.

-Unless your love is nonexistent or far away,  in which case curl up with some stuffed animals and the remote.

  1. Netflix, Netflix, Netflix
  2. Board games.

-Time to take it back to your childhood for a bit. Or, if not, I recommend “Mad Wishes.”

  1. Card games.

-I don’t care what anyone says – I still love Go Fish and Uno.

  1. Catch up on homework.

-Yeah, it sounds boring, I know. But catching up on homework or even getting ahead on homework is such a relief.

  1. Order in.

– It sounds awful to encourage ordering in when the snow is too deep to drive in. But these are delivery money-maker days. If they’re still offering , give a fat tip and rest peacefully knowing you helped them out the business.

  1. Work it out.

-I recommend downloading daily workout apps or “Swork it – Lite” if you’re having gym withdrawals. It’llll make you feel productive and keep you warm in case your house gets a tad nippy. There’s also the choice of having spontaneous dance parties.

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“There’s nothing better than reading up on or researching new things that might interest you.”
  1. Read or do research.

-There’s nothing better than reading up on or researching new things that might interest you. Even taking a bunch of online personality quizzes just for fun can kill surprising amounts of time.

  1. Use being locked in as an excuse to get to know your neighbors, friends, or roommates a littlebetter.
  2. Practice a skill.

-Cooking, writing, typing, baking, sleeping – the important things in life.

  1. “Spring” clean.

-It really is nice to de-clutter one’s life/closet/home/fridge.

  1. Play in the snow!

As long as it’s not yellow.

Enjoy it, RU!

Winter wishes ❄

I don’t know about you, but I’m not one for the cold.Let me rephrase that: I’m not one for the cold if there’s no snow.

Is there really a point in it being 15 degrees outside if there’s no pretty white precipitation falling from the sky or laying on the ground? No? I didn’t think so. What’s enjoyable about the cold without snow? Nothing…except maybe cuddling up to a warm fire with a cup of hot tea and an intriguing book.

Snow is something to look forward to in the winter. You look forward to lying out, going to the beach, relaxing in the pool, or floating down the river in summer. What’s there to look forward to in winter without snow? You can’t ski, snowboard, tube, or even go sledding without snow. Granted, people offer indoor ice-skating, if you’re lucky enough to live somewhere where they have a rink. Let’s face it: winter is nothing but boring, cold, and dark without snow.

Besides it being ridiculously cold and pointless without snow, let’s talk about something else that’s ridiculous. I get that people get sun happy when the sun comes out when it’s 30 degrees outside. I also totally understand why people are so pumped about the new gym (I mean, come on, it’s awesome, clean, and you always have a place to run or lift or whatever you do). But one sunny day even when it’s 22 degrees out doesn’t give you the right to walk to the gym in your booty shorts (girls) or your cutoffs (guys). No one, I repeat, NO ONE feels bad when you walk across campus from Light Side to go running and you’re shivering because you have HALF of an outfit on. Please have some common sense. Sunshine does not always equal warmth. I know, being in my third year at RU, we can all agree on that last statement. Most of us have walked to class being blinded by the sun reflecting off  2 feet of snow. I can’t stand cold without snow and I can’t stand when people can’t grasp the concept that it’s BELOW freezing outside. So sleep with your pajamas inside out, flush ice cubes down your toilet, do a snow dance, I don’t care — just wish for snow with me please. And to those who think it’s “cool” or “fun” or “an adventure” to wear zero clothes to walk to the gym, wear some sweats or a hoodie. Didn’t your momma ever teach you that’s how you catch a cold? Oh, and don’t forget to cover your head; you don’t want to let all that heat escape.

Wintery weather: Snowpocalypse

Around 2 p.m. Wed., Feb. 12, RU began experiencing one of its biggest snowstorms ever. Classes were cancelled after 3 p.m. on Wed., and all day Thurs. and Fri. The roads were a complete mess, despite constant snowplowing. There was over a foot of accumulation, covering RU and gifting a few snow days to the lucky students. Continue reading Wintery weather: Snowpocalypse

Radford’s bipolar weather

Here at Radford University we want to see blue skies and yet, most of what we have seen lately is gray, cloudy, cold winter-like days.

Do you ever get unmotivated to go to class and just want to sleep all day? I feel that sentiment. Lately I’ve seen winter and spring weather that just boggles me. Almost two weeks ago, we had a beautiful Saturday, nice enough to go fishing, and then the following day involved sledding. What’s the deal with that? The weather just can’t seem to make up its mind and April 4 was a perfect example. It’s April now, so doesn’t that mean “April showers bring the May flowers”? I thought they meant rain showers, not snow showers. Continue reading Radford’s bipolar weather