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The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.
The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.

IN PHOTOS: Students embrace a winter wonderland as snowstorm brings both joy and disruptions

Despite numerous administrative cancellations and dining changes, Vanderbilt’s campus transformed into a magical snow land.
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Isabella Bautista
Snow-covered trees stand in front of Kissam Center, as photographed on Jan. 17, 2024. (Hustler Multimedia/Isabella Bautista)

Vanderbilt transformed into a winter wonderland as the snowstorm started on Jan. 14, blanketing the campus in a pristine layer of snow. The unexpected snowfall brought joy and beauty, turning the usually bustling academic grounds into a canvas for creative expressions and outdoor activities.

From spontaneous snowball fights near Hank Ingram House to the construction of countless snowmen, Vanderbilt students and faculty alike embraced the rare opportunity to revel in the winter weather. Laughter and camaraderie filled the air as friends and strangers joined together for friendly battles and artistic endeavors in the snow.

One of the highlights of the snowy festivities was the sledding sessions that took place across campus. Students ingeniously repurposed cardboard boxes into makeshift sleds, descending the hilly areas with enthusiasm. The sounds of cheers and laughter echoed as students glided down the snow-covered slopes, creating unforgettable memories.

The creativity extended to the creation of intricate snow sculptures and statues, with students showcasing their artistic talents by crafting unique snowmen. The campus featured a myriad of characters, from traditional snowmen with carrot noses and coal eyes to more avant-garde and abstract sculptures that dotted the landscape.

For many, the snow presented an opportunity to indulge in childhood nostalgia and the expansive lawns of Vanderbilt became a playground for activities like building snow forts and engaging in friendly snowball fights. The joyous atmosphere brought students and faculty together, fostering a sense of community and shared celebration amid the chilly conditions.

Spirits were further lifted as students embraced the tradition of making snow angels, leaving imprints of their silhouettes on the snowy ground. The serene beauty of these frozen angelic figures added a touch of magic to the already enchanting scene, creating moments of reflection and appreciation for the temporary transformation of the campus.

In spite of the undeniable happiness that the snowstorm brought to campus, the snow’s pure beauty didn’t last too long as the roads became icy and navigating campus became a safety hazard. In order to prevent injuries, Vanderbilt announced that in-person classes were canceled on Jan. 16 and various professors transitioned their in-person classes to Zoom.

While the snowfall disrupted the usual academic routine, it brought a sense of unity and delight to Vanderbilt’s campus. As the snow week continues, students and faculty alike are taking full advantage of the wintry spectacle, turning an anticipated weather event into a cherished chapter in the university’s history. The vibrant and joyful atmosphere on campus served as a reminder that even in the midst of academic pursuits, there is always room for spontaneity, creativity and shared moments of happiness.

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About the Contributors
Salma Elhandaoui
Salma Elhandaoui, Staff Writer and Photographer
Salma Elhandaoui (‘27) is from Brooklyn, N.Y., and is majoring in neuroscience and medicine, health and society and minoring in environmental and sustainability studies in the College of Arts and Science. When not writing for The Hustler, you can find her playing the guitar, writing endless poems, curating strange Spotify playlists and exploring the virtual world. She can be reached at [email protected].
George Albu
George Albu, Staff Writer and Photographer
George Albu (‘27) is majoring in medicine, health and society in the College of Arts and Science. When not working for The Hustler, he enjoys taking long walks around campus, reading or watching video essays about anything and everything online. He can be reached at [email protected].
Chloe Kim
Chloe Kim, Staff Writer and Photographer
Chloe Kim (‘26) is majoring in Psychology with a minor in computer science and Spanish in the College of Arts and Science. She is on the club tennis team and likes to write poetry and short stories in her free time. In addition to writing, Chloe loves to draw and take photographs for The Hustler! She can be reached at [email protected].
Isabella Bautista
Isabella Bautista, Life Copy Editor
Isabella Bautista (‘26) is double majoring in mathematics and psychology and minoring in biological sciences on the pre-medical track in the College of Arts and Science. She is from Easton, Pa. When not writing for The Hustler, she can be found spending hours alone in a piano practice room, photographing Vanderbilt squirrels with her Canon camera or poring over research papers in the lab she works in. She can be reached at [email protected]  
Amelia Simpson
Amelia Simpson, Staff Photographer and Graphics Staffer
Amelia Simpson ('25) hails from Brisbane, Australia and is a student in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in public policy. Outside of her work in the Hustler’s multimedia sections, Amelia is a member of the club rowing and equestrian teams. You can reach her at [email protected]
Savannah Walske
Savannah Walske, Staff Photographer
Savannah Walske (‘26) is from San Francisco and is double majoring in psychology and Spanish in the College of Arts and Science. When not shooting for The Hustler, you can find her playing guitar, photographing pretty Californian landscapes and obsessing over her dog. You can contact her at [email protected].
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