UO students, football players, blast cars, retired professor with snow

UO students, football players, blast cars, retired professor with snow
December 8, 2013, 1:15 am
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Screen capture from the Oregon Daily Emerald's video that went viral overnight, generating over 300k views.

(Oregon Daily Emerald)

Oregon students engaged in the snowball fight to end all snowball fights got a bit carried away when some, including a few football players, began throwing snow at passing cars.

Students even stood in front of cars preventing them from moving while they and others threw snow at them. A few students dumped buckets of snow at least two cars.

A video on Youtube shows two incidents, both involving Oregon running back Byron Marshall.

The driver of the second vehicle opened his door and had snow thrown on him form a bucket by Oregon tight end Pharaoh Brown. The driver, retired UO professor Sherwin Simmons, then approaches a female student to say something inaudible. That upset Marshall who then had some harsh things to say to the driver.

Simmons told KATU's Anna Canzano:

The UO Dean of Students, Paul Shang, issued the following statement: "It was a snowball fight. The students shouldn't involve people who aren't part of it, but this is not high crimes, not an assault, not even a misdemeanor. No one should be charged. That would be nuts."

"The University of Oregon Police Department is investigating an incident, captured on video, in which a passing vehicle was the target of snowballs thrown by young people in an area on the UO campus. Police hope to determine the identities of those who were throwing snowballs, whether they are UO students and whether their actions constitute a criminal act.
The University of Oregon takes the conduct of its students seriously. Consequences are clear for those whose actions reflect poorly upon the university or violate its standards for student behavior. However, until the facts of the snowball-throwing incident are sorted out, it would be premature to speculate about any potential outcomes in this case."

Here's more on the incident as reported by the Daily Emerald.