The Thursday night before the Michigan game — rain or shine, cold or warm — Ohio State students leap into Mirror Lake, which is really a small, shallow pond. The Lantern tells the story of how the tradition purportedly came to be. I think it is of much more recent vintage — but who am I to dispute The Lantern? Let’s just say I don’t remember students jumping into Mirror Lake in the 1970s, even after a long night at Papa Joe’s.
So, tonight campus will be jumping — literally. The weather’s not too cold, so it will be a good night for a swim. A video of last year’s jump is below.