The annual tradition of the "Mirror Lake jump" is not an officially sanctioned event by Ohio State, but for the third straight year, the school will be making sure that only students participate in the mayhem. Sunday, OSU announced that anyone wishing to get in on the yearly tradition will need to show their Buck ID at the Ohio Union Information Center or the RPAC Welcome Center to obtain their wristband. Here's more, via The Lantern:
OSU’s Department of Public Safety announced the requirement of wristbands as a safety enhancement measure, adding the university does not encourage students to make the jump.
The requirement is also meant to help curb turnout to Mirror Lake by limiting participation to students.
With this, the university has also announced it plans to install temporary fencing along the perimeter of the lake, with two entrance points: one expected at the west end of the South Oval and the other just west of Hale Hall.
The jump will take place on November 24 - which is the Tuesday night before the Michigan game. For those unaware, per tradition, Ohio State students typically jump into (usually a freezing cold) on-campius lake to celebrate the upcoming rivalry game with the Wolverines. It's one of the most well-known traditions in college sports.