As the University of Maryland got its first snow of the new year Sunday, students left their schoolwork behind and took to the snowy campus, building snowmen, sledding and partaking in snowball battles.

Outside Xfinity Center, students used sleds, cardboard and even skis to ride the slopes next to Gate B. Among them was Glenn Medina, a graduate student from Florida, who was sledding for the first time.

Florida native Glenn Medina rides down snow-covered slopes outside Xfinity Center on Jan. 31, 2021. (Joe Ryan/The Diamondback)

Meanwhile, on McKeldin Mall, students were using their artistic talents to bring a variety of snow beings to life, including a typical snowman, a two-headed monster and a giant Testudo.

A gigantic Testudo sits on McKeldin Mall on Jan. 31, 2021. (Joe Ryan/The Diamondback)


A snowy Testudo adorned with foliage and a snowman outside McKeldin Library on Feb. 1, 2021. (Jordyn Salow/The Diamondback)

By Monday, the creativity had fizzled out and it was time for war.

Students gathered again on McKeldin Mall, dividing themselves into two teams based on their on-campus residences — North Campus versus South Campus. Then the battle began. Casualties were inflicted, allegiances changed and about twenty minutes into the fight it became a free-for-all.

But for Jack Clifton, it was all just a great big show as he watched the fight off to the side. Sitting in a new lawn chair he got for Christmas, the freshman journalism major watched as the battle ebbed and flowed.

In Clifton’s opinion, not enough people take the time to just sit down and observe. 

“I bring the lawn chair wherever, because there’s never been a situation that I’ve been in where I’ve thought, ‘Wow, having a chair would make this worse,’” Clifton said.

Jack Clifton watches North and South Campus duke it out in a snowball fight on Feb. 1, 2021. (Joe Ryan/The Diamondback)


North Campus fighters roll the corpse of a snow sculpture in an attempt to attack the other team on Feb. 1, 2021. The attempt failed. (Joe Ryan/The Diamondback)


UMD students group into teams on McKeldin Mall for a snowball fight on Feb. 1, 2021. (Taneen Momeni/The Diamondback)


Students launch their snowballs at the opposing side during the snowball fight Feb. 1, 2021. (Taneen Momeni/The Diamondback)


A student stands on the remains of a giant snowball holding pieces of it in his hand, celebrating his supposed victory in Monday’s snowball fight. (Joe Ryan/The Diamondback)