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Lina Jarad '05

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 6, 2010

During one of the biggest snow storms (I believe it was 2004/2005) we decided to walk from the apartments to Kennedy Center so we can keep busy with the TVs and pool tables, only to be stuck there for the whole night as the storm got worse, the commuter lounge couches proved to be better than people thought.  Good times

 

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Jen Scott '09

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Hi! I'm Jen class of 2009. My freshman year late at night in the Fall 3 week, my friends grabbed my from my dorm and we made snowmen like the ones from Calvin and Hobbes (I know we did the one impaled by the tree here http://blogs.davenportlibrary.com/kids/wp-content/CH_snowman_horror.gif )
Afterwards we ended up at the Stone Soup co-op in BC to have hot chocolate.
 
I loved seeing the faces of everyone walking to class as they saw the snowman. It was right behind Hinsdale.

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Barb Sedlock '80

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 6, 2010

I remember the big blizzard of January 1978.  That’s the only time I remember Hiram cancelling classes for the day due to weather.  Just walking to the dining hall was an ordeal.  The housing dept. gave us plastic to tape over the windows in Booth to try to keep some of the freezing air out. 

[But NE Ohio had it relatively easy during that storm, from what people in northwest Ohio, where I live now, tell me.  Workers at the local GM plant were stranded at work for days and only got home because volunteers with snowmobiles ferried them.  People living in the country went weeks without electricity.  It’s so flat here that the drifting was terrible, and many still had drifts in their yards until May.]

 

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Carol Denzinger '96

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 6, 2010

I have warm winter memories from a dozen years ago when my kids were young…. We loaded up the van with kids, friends, and inner tubes and came to campus.  They had a great time tubing down the hill towards the soccer field.  As the afternoon wore on many others showed up with the same thought in mind and all enjoyed the treat of a snow-covered campus.

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Anne Linton Pennock '53

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 6, 2010
My  favorite  winter  memory   of Hiram  College.  On  a snow filled day  there   was  the surprise  announcement  of   SNOW DAY.   Bombs  burst  is  the air  early  in  the  morning  telling  us  that  SNOW  DAY  had arrived.   The day was sponsored  by   the  Senior  Class,  I  believe.    The  morning was spent  with each  dorm  creating  snow sculptures   and  there were  prizes awarded  for  the  most  original  and  the  best.    Then  after  an      all  campus  lunch  we  spent  the  afternoon  sledding   or  skiing  down    Squire Hill  (which  used  to be  there)   We  stole  the  trays  from   Gray  kitchen  and  slid down  the  hill  all  the way  to  Henry  Field.    Many  slides,  much  fun  and  lots  of  laughter.   Then  after dinner  there was always  a  sock      hop  or  dance  in  the  gym.   A  King  and  Queen  of  Snow  Day  were    crowned during  the dance.    I  remember  one  year  Andy Messner and I won  that  honor.
At  Hiram  College  we  always   had  great  campus  holidays  and  we  made  the  solitary  place  one  THE  HILL  into  great  times  with  great  friends and  wonderful  memories.  
 
This   was an very  nice  idea  and  true  to  the  Hiram spirit.

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Jimmie W. Hanes Jr. '63

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 6, 2010
How could anyone not remember Snow Day.  Sorry I don't have any pictures of the snow sculptures we built, but it was always a fun day.

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James Salerno '72

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 6, 2010

My fondest is memory is my first date with Elsa Nunez ’71.  We had been introduced by Dennis Blank earlier in the year.  We had our first date in January 1969.  The "The Odd Couple” was the 25 cent movie at Bates.  That was followed by a coke at the Kennedy Center.  What an investment.  For just about $1.00 I got  the prettiest women I have ever seen.  Our first kiss was behind the library a few weeks later.  It was a cold February night.  Snow was falling.  A great winter memory.  On a recent trip to Hiram we noticed that near the spot of our first kiss there is a bench and small garden.  We like to think it was placed there for us.  We were married in 1971 and celebrated our 38th anniversary last July.  Thank you and Merry Christmas Hiram College and Community.

 

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Hank Hockenberger '53

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 6, 2010
I remember--it was 1949 or '50, Snow Day, at Hiram College. I was a Freshman, staying at the men's dorm down the hill. A contest between
dorms as to who could make the best snow sculpture was the big thing and we set out to make a snow man but managed only to create two giant snowballs that we couldn't roll anymore, let alone lift one on top of the other. We let the balls just sit there and someone thought they were great. "They're symbolic," he said. "Don't you see? Men's dorm and all."
 
Well, that night, the huge balls froze solid and we gave up trying to make anything decent out of them. The next day, we spent most of the day
with the other kids sliding down the hill on sleds and what ever else we could find. A taboggon sled contest developed where teams of kids would
 slide down the hill on the taboggon and see who could go the farthest. 
 
I can't remember his name, sharp kid, discovered a way to steer the sled by dragging his right or left heel in the snow as he zipped down the hill.
He formed a team and i was on it.  The best recorded distance, so far that day, was set by some upperclassmen with a mark set half way out into the football field.  It was our turn to try, and Kirt had a great idea. "Let's head to the right and go into that big area in front of the Freshmen's dorm. It would give us an extra bit of "down hill" and we would, for sure, go a lot further."
 
We set the taboggon up against the back wall of the Music Building (sidways) and kicked off. The initial drop to the hill slope caused two riders to
fall off, but we went on, fast--real fast. Kirt stuck his foot out and we verred right, across the sidewalk and down the dorm's front yard. We were heading for those two ice balls. I ducked behind Kirk, bracing for impact. I was sure we'd hit or go right or left with Kirk's magic heel. 
 
We went right between the snow balls and set a new record!

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John Owen ‘96

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Well, you asked…. so there was the time after the blizzard of ’93 when Dave Hall (was to be BA ’96 but dropped out in ’95) attempted to "galvanize his skin” by leaping naked between a scalding-hot shower in the Booth 1 men’s room and the giant snowbank on the B-C lawn. Which was deeply entertaining.

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Lorrie Bencina Hoeh '55

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 6, 2010
One of my winter memories is that women finally were allowed to wear 
trousers on campus sometime in the early 50s.  Before that it was 
dresses and skirts only, except when huge snowstorms dispensed 
temporarily with the rule.

The most vivid memory is of Snow Day.  I can't remember which class 
sponsored it, but we were all awakened one winter morning by bombs 
blasting to announce the surprise of Snow Day.  All classes were 
cancelled, and playing in the snow was the order of the day.  
Coasting on Squire Hill, snow sculpture contests all over campus, and 
a dance that night brought us closer together as a family.  What fun 
we had!  Faculty and students all took part.

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