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MacEwan University students embrace warm weather with Winterfest

Kasia Kuncewicz and Daria Szwedowicz rang in the winter semester in quintessentially Canadian fashion: roasting marshmallows beside a lawn of snow.

Freed of toques and jackets, the two MacEwan University students took special pleasure in assembling their s’mores as temperatures hovered around 1C Tuesday afternoon.

“We were walking around looking for lunch and found free lunch right here,” Kuncewicz said, laughing.

The pair were among hundreds of students who reveled in the spring-like weather at MacEwan University’s inaugural Winterfest.

A spinoff of the campus’ back-to-school Fall Fest, the winter bash featured snowman-building competitions, puck-shooting competitions and, of course, ice-cold beer.

Organizers wanted to welcome the oft-forgotten students who start their academic year in January.

“Because it’s winter in Alberta, you want to get people out doing activities and get the energy level up,” said Jamie Beagan, services manager with the students’ association of MacEwan University.

For third-year arts students Racina House and Brenda Cano, the afternoon quickly turned slushy.

The pair practiced sliding on penguin-patterned toboggans down a hill of snow in front of the Clock Tower.

“We were just sitting on the steps thinking ‘This is a super typical college experience right now,’” House said.

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