Wednesday, February 17, 2010

When Will Mt. Chipotle Melt?

A few days ago, there was an interesting article in the Daily Progress about the 40 foot pile of snow in the Barracks shopping center parking lot outside oIt may not be the most rigorous environmental study ever, but it’s certainly among the more entertaining. A group of graduate students at the University of Virginia has established the Mount Chipotle National Research Observatory:

The tongue-in-cheek observatory was created to perpetuate the study of that big pile of snow near the Chipotle restaurant in the Barracks Road Shopping Center parking lot.

“It’s just an inside joke that apparently has gotten out of hand,” said Luke Cole, a graduate student and one of the Mount Chipotle NRO ringleaders.

The effort has included summit ascents, monitoring and its own blog (mountchipotle.blogspot.com), which chronicles the observatory’s “science” and “scandal.”

Most interesting, though, was a little blurb about when the mountain will melt away:

Another of the research observatory’s primary purposes is to fuel the informal betting pool that has morphed into a fundraiser for the environmental science department’s graduate student association.

For $10, a case of beer or a bottle wine, students can pick the day that they think the pile will be gone. Get it right and win $30, plus some gift certificates that Chipotle Mexican Grill kicked in, said David Seekell, another of the students involved.

When do you think Mt. Chipotle will be gone? We're guessing April 28th.

Related:
Mount Chipotle Blog

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

March 17th

Anonymous said...

One above average temperature day, and half of Barracks will be wiped out by a flood.

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J. Crew Model said...

June 1.

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Anonymous said...

there is a car under there. . .

Anonymous said...

wow, what a bunch of losers

Anonymous said...

2:44: you seem like a cool guy

Anonymous said...

cosign 2:44

Anonymous said...

Cute. :)

Anonymous said...

I heard the car owner went to barracks mgt and had to file a claim

Anonymous said...

this blog sucks

Anonymous said...

I heard the car underneath is a BMW 7 series.

Anonymous said...

I heard the car owner's claim was denied by barracks mgt and so he had to file a lawsuit.

Anonymous said...

MOAR POSTS ABOUT MOOT COURT DRAMA

Anonymous said...

I second 3:09

Anonymous said...

describe moot court drama for alum

Anonymous said...

I heard the moot court directors were just pissed because one of them owned the car under the snow pile.

Anonymous said...

Moot Court Board epic fail...what a surprise

Anonymous said...

Is anyone else depressed to be leaving a top 10 law school with tons of debt and no job?

Anonymous said...

I heard there was a puppy trapped in the BMW 7 series trapped under the snow pile.

Anonymous said...

I think I might have a chat with the Moot Court Board's employer to let them know I'm disappointed in them.

Anonymous said...

Here's a link for the alum, http://www.lawweekly.org/?module=displaystory&story_id=2775&edition_id=143&format=html

Anonymous said...

I heard the moot court board member whose BMW 7 Seires and puppy are trapped under Mt. Chipotle lost his lawsuit against the barracks rd mgmt after arguing the wrong side of his case.

Anonymous said...

7:42 - 180

Anonymous said...

7:42 FTW