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SNO JOKESOME PEOPLE LIKE THIS STUFF

February 26, 1993

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Five-year-old Bradley Anderson jumped up in the air and shouted when his dad asked him if he liked the snow.

"EEYEAH!" he yelled, grabbing handfuls and rubbing it on his cheeks. "Dad, will you wipe the snow off my face?"

To some of us, an 8-inch snowfall is a hassle shoveling and pushing stuck cars can get old pretty quickly.

But if, like Bradley, you were out Thursday at the slopes on Kansas University's Campanile Hill, you found a sledder's delight the hills were fast and not too crowded.

Bradley was there with his sister, Tara, 4, and his parents, Greg and DeeAnn Anderson, 2715 Ousdahl.

"You ready to go again, Brad?" his mother asked as she got the metal saucer ready, which had car wax on its underside to make it slick.

While the Andersons watched their children go down the hill just north of Strong Hall, other figures were sliding through the trees down the hill just east of KU's Carruth-O'Leary Hall.

STERLING BATTELLE, 10, 1535 University Dr., had a fine layer of snow clinging to his hair, his gloves, his coat and his pants.

Battelle, who was using a red plastic sliding strip, said he'd been out for three hours.

"It's pretty fun," he said. "I like the ramp."

The younger children weren't the only ones on the slopes. About 30 KU students were slaloming down the hill on a variety of sliding devices that ranged from an old mattress to a skiboard.

Several graduate students were joining in the fun some experiencing a heavy snow for the first time.

"I'm just having a blast," said Ernie Williams, Meridian, Miss. "Down South, the most snow we ever experience at any one time is 3 inches. It's nothing like this, no hills or anything. I believe the inner tube and the mattress are by far the best."

JENNIFER ASUMAA, Atlanta, Ga., agreed the inner tube was the best device.

"When you hit the jump, you crash," she said. "I've been down on a turkey platter, an inner tube and a mattress."

Robby Miller, Milwaukee, said he was happy.

"It's just like home," he said. "I love snow. I'm surprised they closed school. . . . I don't get too much of a chance to do it when I'm here."

Mike Croston, from Miami, Fla., also said the snow reminded him of home, in a way.

"It's like a great white beach," Croston said. "But there's no water. It's just a great beach full of white stuff."

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