UPDATE: Ohio State Crowd Makes Traditional Lake Jump Early

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 11/26/2013 2:45 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Some students plunge into a frigid campus lake early to defy Ohio State University's attempt to regulate the traditional jump during the week of the Buckeyes' football game against Michigan.

The annual tradition attracts thousands of people, and the university previously allowed it. But this year, officials erected temporary fencing around Mirror Lake and said only students issued special wrist bands could take the plunge Tuesday.

A crowd of students and other fans stormed the fence Monday night to make the jump. A Franklin County sheriff's deputy says authorities decided to remove blockades after people knocked down some of the fence and ran through caution tape.

OSU had said the restrictions were meant to protect students, who organized the preemptive jump on social media.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State University officials are trying to get a handle on a tradition that has students plunging into a frigid campus lake on Ohio State-Michigan week.

In previous years, the university has just let it happen. This year, officials are trying to at least regulate it.

Temporary fencing is already up around Mirror Lake and OSU officials announced that only students who are issued special wrist bands will be allowed to take the plunge.

Students must pick up the wrist bands at the Ohio Union before it closes Tuesday. Alumni and other Buckeyes fans will be shut out.

OSU says the move is to protect students, who have expressed their outrage via social media.

The annual Mirror Lake jump began in 1990.

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