February snowstorm inspires campus creativity

by rcnewsblog on February 26, 2014

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A winter snowstorm may have cancelled Roanoke College classes for two days, but students found ways to be productive – and creative.

Roanoke’s Residence Life and Student Activities offices sponsored a snow sculpting contest on Feb. 13, the College’s first full snow day.

More than 15 teams participated in the event, including residence halls, athletic teams, student organizations and groups of friends. The sculpting took place from noon until 3 p.m. Then, the judging began.

Students sculpted an igloo, an octopus, race cars, polar bears, Rooney, dinosaurs and much more.

The winning sculpture was Mount Noke, a creative rendition of Mount Rushmore. It featured the heads of David Bittle, Roanoke’s first president and founder, Sabine O’Hara, Roanoke’s 10th president, Mike Maxey, current president of the College, and Rooney, the College’s hawk mascot.

Courtney Francisco, a senior at Roanoke College, was the group leader.

“I’m proud to say it was my idea to do the Mount Noke,” she said.  “As the hours went by though, everyone threw in ideas, like sculpting ‘Mount Noke’ across the bottom and using the paint. We had a couple other ideas but that one seemed the best.”

Francisco along with her friends, Alex Thompson, Claire Heider, Ranae Dower, Jenna Cullins, Robyn French and Amy Queen, printed pictures of each person as a guide for their sculpture. French used a spoon to sculpt Maxey’s face, while Francisco and Thompson used chopsticks to create Rooney.

First place winners received a cash prize of $500.

“We each received $75, and we plan on going out together to celebrate for dinner and drinks,” Francisco said.

The second prize, of $200, went to the No.3 race car designed by Roanoke’s Men’s Baseball Team.

See more photos of this month’s snow-covered campus and the sculpture contest here.

-By Morgan Conroy ’14

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