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Ohio State Honors Its New Tradition: Draining Mirror Lake

The Mirror Lake Eatery on Ohio State University's campus in 2018.
Paige Pfleger
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The Mirror Lake Eatery on Ohio State University's campus in 2018.

It seems there is a new tradition ahead of the big Michigan game. Ohio State University students woke up Friday morning to find that Mirror Lake had been drained overnight. 

The old tradition of jumping in the lake ended after a student died in 2015. The university subsequently moved to ban the jump, with the student government voting in agreement.

Mirror Lake came under construction for about two years as part of a complete renovation of the area. The new design allows it to be drained in an hour, preventing anyone from jumping in.

The university has encouraged students to find other ways to celebrate the annual Ohio State-Michigan game, which is scheduled this year for Saturday, Nov. 30 at noon.