Blankets of snow provided entertainment and fun for students at Southwestern as snow forts and snowmen dotted the campus and areas outside of student housing, Feb. 11-12. More than a foot of snow fell within a 24-hour period, setting a record for the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and shutting down businesses and schools, including Southwestern.
Students took advantage of the rare wintery weather and cancelled classes. The lawn in front of the rotunda provided ample room for snowball fights and pick-up football games as well as a snowman that stood more than 10 feet tall. Elsewhere on campus and around student housing, children of seminary students—bundled in winter coats, boots and mittens—enjoyed making snow angels, sledding and building igloos.
For international students like Yakubu Bulus Bakfwash, who is from Nigeria, the snow was a pleasant surprise.
“If I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes, I wouldn’t have believed it,” said Yakubu. He said it was only one of a few times in his life that he has seen snow.
“It was such a joy to play like a child with dear friends and brothers and sisters in Christ,” said Terra Watson, whose husband, Ben, is a student in the College at Southwestern. Watson said familiar faces became instant friends as they enjoyed the snow.
Because Texas is unaccustomed to seeing high volumes of snowfall, humorous signs of unpreparedness for snowy conditions could also be seen. Children used socks for gloves and wrapped their shoes in Wal-mart bags to keep their feet dry. Adults shoveled sidewalks with dustpans and scraped snow off windshields with cardboard boxes and CDs.
Along with the joys of the winter wonderland came the adverse affects of such a large amount of snow and ice. Broken tree limbs could be seen across campus, leaving an estimated 300 to 400 man-hours of clean-up work to be done by the seminary’s physical plant. Yet, although more than 200,000 homes and businesses throughout the metroplex were without power, no extended power outages in student housing were reported.
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