COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say no major problems were reported at a frigid lake on the Ohio State University campus as students jumped in for the official version of a tradition ahead of the Buckeyes' rivalry football game with Michigan.
In this Nov. 25, 2013, photo, students gather around Mirror Lake on Ohio State's campus as part of the Michigan-week tradition, in Columbus, Ohio. The annual Mirror Lake jump during Michigan week has taken on controversy this year as the university has blocked access to the lake with temporary fencing and asked students to pick up wrist bands in order to jump. (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Adam Cairns)
Some students had stormed a surrounding fence Monday night and plunged in a day ahead of the traditional jump in defiance of the school's efforts to regulate it. The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1ctfykC ) reports Ohio State distributed more than 13,500 wristbands for students to participate in the official jump Tuesday night, but only about 700 gathered for it.
Ohio State had said the wristband requirement and other restrictions were meant to protect students. Many complained, and some organized the preemptive jump on social media.