Faint screams and taunting could be heard coming from within Jacksonville State University’s Stadium late Tuesday afternoon. Inside, the peace and tranquility that accompanied the blanket of white all over Jacksonville was gone.
Burgess-Snow Field had been transformed into a battleground.
What everyone thought would be nothing more than a “light dusting” has proven to be the most substantial amount of snow that Jacksonville State University’s campus has seen in several years.
At first, there was a minor panic as questions arose in everyone’s minds. Are classes getting cancelled? How am I going to get home? Where am I going to get food?
Once the university settled most of everyone’s inquiries, people started to wind down and focus on perhaps one of the most beloved aspects of a snow day: snowball fights. What better way to celebrate the winter wonderland than by storming the Burgess-Snow field while it is covered in actual snow?
Students hid by the entrance near the main gates, surprising unsuspecting passerby with a fistful of freshly fallen fluff.
Once inside, it was every Gamecock for themselves.
Soldiers used trash cans on the field as forts, plastic lids from containers as shields, and anything else they could find in an effort to survive one of the coldest wars in the history of JSU. Attackers stole away to the top of the bleachers to pelt their enemies from above—or to seek refuge for a few short minutes.
Some male students entered the Stadium wearing nothing but a pair of athletic shorts, attempting to prove that there was no such thing as “too cold.” Their wind-beaten, bloodshot torsos seemed to prove their theory wrong.
Outside of the Stadium, students turned their armor into sleds, racing down the hill in front of the Gamecock Diner to see who could prove victorious in yet another competition—either an attempt to gain even more bragging rights, or to redeem their pride from the loss suffered at the hands of dozens of snowballs.