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Gone in 180 seconds: Scarves and cocoa hot items at debut of First Snow

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Author Kiley Kudrna | Publish Date November 13, 2018

Students excitedly stood in line, waiting for a warm cup of hot chocolate, an afternoon caffeine jolt and a special-edition CU Anschutz First Snow scarf on Monday.

“We were here right at 12 and there was already a line,” said first-year pharmacy student Jordan Burkdoll. In fact, by 12:03 p.m., all 200 scarves were handed out from tables set up at the Research and Education quads. Student Senate and the Office of Campus Student Services sponsored “First Snow,” a new annual tradition on campus that commemorates the first snowfall of the season with free hot cocoa, coffee and unique CU Anschutz black-and-gold scarves.

Carl Johnson, student engagement director, said, “We just want to celebrate what makes Colorado so special and capture how you feel when the first flakes begin to fall.” The goal is to foster a sense of community, school spirit and camaraderie across campus.

It’s safe to say this tradition will be sticking around (unlike the first snowfall!). Advice for next year? “More hot chocolate!” said pharmacy student Ashley Moe.