Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Back-to-School Week: The Best (Weirdest) College Traditions

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Mirror Lake Jump at Ohio State University

In an effort for OSU's football team to beat rival Michigan (arguably the greatest rivalry in college sports, says me, a girl from Columbus), students do as any reasonable body of people would in the typically frigid November week leading up to the game: they jump into a lake—a pond, really—on the campus quad. Last year's plunge, which is really more of a frolic in varying degrees of undress with questionable floatation devices, was estimated to cost the university over $46,000 in security personnel and landscape repairs. Twenty-five people were sent to the emergency room. ("Alcohol is not antifreeze, it actually increases the shock to your body," a concerned Student Wellness Center reminds the bright scholars). For the record, Ohio State beat Michigan last year and will probably do so again this year.


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