Summers heat or winter's cold didn't stop thousands of Ohio State University students from jumping into Mirror Lake late Tuesday night.
For decades, students have hopped into frigid waters to show Buckeye pride during the week of the annual rivalry game between the Buckeyes and University of Michigan. The game takes place the weekend of Thanksgiving and the weather is typically chilly or snowy. Last night, temperatures reached the mid-20s but no reports of snow.
Ohio State University police arrested five students for disorderly conduct and four were taken to the hospital for minor injuries, said Dan Hedman, a spokesman for the University. In 2013, there were no injuries or arrests.
The University does not endorse the event, but has taken strides to increase safety for students. Starting last year, the University puts up a fence around the lake and requires students to have a wristband to be inside the fence.
However, the new security procedures don't sit well with the students. On Monday, students pushed down the fences and some jumped into the frigid water. Last year, students charged the fence on the Tuesday evening and jumped, disregarding the wristbands.
This year, within 24 hours of the jump, the University erected the fences again and students showed wristbands before jumping.
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