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February 14, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Giant snowball damages dorm at Reed College

PORTLAND — Two math majors at Reed College lost control of a massive snowball that rolled into a dorm, knocking in part of a bedroom wall.

A large snowball crashed into a dormitory at Reed College in Portland.  No one was injured in the collision. College officials say the ball was some 40 inches in diameter and weighed from 800 to 900 pounds. (Reed Magazine photo)

A large snowball crashed into a dormitory at Reed College in Portland. No one was injured in the collision. College officials say the ball was some 40 inches in diameter and weighed from 800 to 900 pounds. (Reed Magazine photo)

There were no injuries, but college spokesman Kevin Myers said Friday it will cost $2,000 to $3,000 to repair the building.

The incident happened last Saturday night following a rare trio of snowstorms in Portland.

Students started creating the giant snowball on a campus quad near the dorm. Urged by a crowd, the math majors tried to make the snowball as big as possible by rolling it down the sidewalk that goes past the dorm.

“And the ball just got away from them,” Myers said.

The boulder-sized snowball rolled out of control for about 15 yards before slamming into Unit 7. Three students heard the smack and discovered the fractured bedroom wall. The student whose dorm room was damaged has not had to move.

Nobody weighed the snowball, but a maintenance worker who sliced it up for removal estimated the weight at 800 pounds or more, Myers said.

The students responsible for the runaway snowball reported the incident and won’t be disciplined. Myers said they didn’t intend to cause damage and feel awful about what happened. He declined to release their names and said he didn’t know their class years.

Reed Magazine was first to report the snowball misadventure.

“It was not the talk of campus until the story came out,” Myers said. “The people that were there knew about it, but now it has kind of taken us by storm.”

Damage from a massive runaway snowball can be seen on the inside of a dormitory at Reed College in Portlend. The snowball ripped a wall off its studs. The top of the snowball can be seen from the window. (Reed College photo)

Damage from a massive runaway snowball can be seen on the inside of a dormitory at Reed College in Portlend. The snowball ripped a wall off its studs. The top of the snowball can be seen from the window. (Reed College photo)

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