Students at the Vancouver, B.C.-based University of British Columbia were set to hold an annual campus-wide snowball fight Wednesday, but that’s now been moved back a day…thanks to snow. Heavy snow Wednesday led to UBC (and other post-secondary institutions in the area) cancelling classes, and to the organizers posting to Facebook that they’ve moved the event to Thursday:
Kendra Mangione of CTV News has more on what the organizers had initially planned:
The snowball fight will take over the Main Mall between the Sauder and chemistry buildings, the organizers wrote on Facebook.
“Whether you breezed through syllabus week, took an extended vacation or are already submitting papers – we think it’s time for a break between classes. What better way to celebrate an early snowfall than one of our favorite campus traditions!”
Organizers expected thousands to attend the “ultimate battle,” and joked it was the perfect chance to “rally against that person in lecture who states things in the form of questions, provide some payback for the friend that ‘forgot’ your secret Santa gift or stand up to the roommates that stole your leftovers from the fridge.”
The third-annual version of this event last February drew an estimated 3,000 people, and can be seen in photos from the organizers’ Facebook page (including the one at the top of this post). And with classes cancelled (and a lot of students presumably not going to campus as a result), it does make some sense for them to move the official event to another day and get wider participation. Anything to inject some razzle dazzle to a sprawling, bone-chillingly cold country, you know? And this doesn’t stop anyone who is on campus from doing their own snowball fight. But postponing a snowball fight because of snow is something that you’d expect to be a line from fellow Canadian Alanis Morrisette: