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2015 Mirror Lake jump festivities dampened by tragedy

What should've been a celebratory night ended prematurely in the worst possible way.

UPDATE -- 12:21p Ohio State and the University Student Government alike say they will seek to end the Mirror Lake jump tradition in the wake of this year's tragic events. President Drake says the victim has been tentatively identified and the school is working to notify his family.

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UPDATE -- 10:09a: The Columbus Dispatch reports the young man who was in cardiac arrest following the Mirror Lake jump has died. Beyond heartbreaking news for the OSU community.

Ohio State is still seeking assistance in identifying the individual:

Unfortunately after several hours of medical care, the young man removed from Mirror Lake early this morning has passed away from his injuries. At this time, the university is doing everything it can to identify the deceased. He is African American and medium build with tattoos on his left upper chest and right upper arm.

We ask that anyone with information regarding his identity to please contact OSU Police at 614-292-2121.

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UPDATE -- 7:58a: Ohio State issued a statement:

"As you may know, early this morning, an unidentified male was removed from Mirror Lake for a medical emergency. On-site emergency responders immediately provided medical attention and he was transported to the Wexner Medical Center for further care, where he is in critical condition. Our immediate concern remains with this young man and his loved ones. It is very important for us to identify this young man, and we ask anyone with information regarding his identity to call OSU Police at 614-292-2121. We will continue to share information as it becomes available."

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UPDATE -- 12:58a: The Lantern reports security had to cut off the late arriving portion of the festivities after an apparent medical emergency. Thoughts with everyone involved.

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Original article from Nov 25, 2015, 12:17a:

Is it a little more regulated than it was back in the day? Sure. Is it snowing? No, but it's still plenty cold outside. Is Ohio State gently trying to discourage students from doing it? It's seemed that way the last few years.

All that aside, once again, Ohio State students participated in one of the great Buckeye traditions, jumping in stupid-cold Mirror Lake in a community-wide display of just how much they hate Michigan.

Cell phones and shoes were lost. A bunch of people are going to colds. Mistakes of all kinds were made. But the experience of jumping in that throng of humanity will last a lifetime, and many will count what happened tonight as one of their favorite memories from their time at Ohio State. Here are some of the best pictures from the night.

After a slow start, the crowd started to gather:

And then the jumps started.

Here's one, shot by the next Blair Witch director, no doubt:

Then things really started building:

From there, it was full tilt ahead:

Before a real visionary filmmaker stole the show:


A video posted by Sa❌ Hodge (@_samhodge_) on

Our low key MVP of the night? This guy:

Dab on dem folk. Mirror Lake jump night 2015.

A photo posted by Phil Barker (@sirphiljbarker) on

The verdict?

Now there's only one thing left to do.

Beat Michigan