And a Chilliam Wallace will Lead Them: Videos, Vines and Photos from #MirrorLakeMonday

By Jason Priestas on November 26, 2013 at 7:22a

When news broke Sunday morning that Ohio State would be placing restrictions on Mirror Lake Jump participants, the backlash was swift. Students and non-students alike bristled at the mandatory wristbands, crowd-control fencing, and other steps that were seen as the school asserting control over the event.

Twitter erupted, petitions were launched, and a Facebook event, Monday Mirror Lake Jump 2013, was formed with nearly 900 pledging to show up and jump a night early. Jump they did.

At 10:30 p.m. Monday night, students began to probe the perimeter fencing. It appeared vulnerable.

Minutes later, some guy named Mitch Albyn gave the Braveheart speech (slightly better audio here), cementing his legacy as big man on campus now and forever.

U-S-A!! U-S-A!! chants ensued, because, why not, and the fences were soon vanquished.

The revolution was on and it would be Vined.

As many as 1,500 showed up to get wet, stay cold, insult Michigan and have a little undergrad fun. Here's the best of #MirrorLakeMonday.



SteveyWonder's picture

This is beyond amazing, tradition wins out in the end

The Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture 2011

+1 HS
Seattle Linga's picture

Someone actually thought that a closed sign and an unlocked chain link fence would keep students out - laughable

+1 HS
Buckeyeneer's picture

I can just imagine the staff member putting one of those tiny luggage locks on the gate and walking away smugly saying, "That should do it."

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

1MechEng's picture

Wonder if the University will attempt to discipline any of the people by identifying them in the pictures or videos?!

Maestro's picture

I think they would be wise to just move on.

vacuuming sucks

+1 HS
Denny's picture

Chiliam Wallace


+2 HS
Jason Gruber's picture


"You win with people." Woody Hayes

"If winning isn't everything, why do we keep score?" Vince Lombardi

"¯\_(ツ)_/¯" Joey Bosa

Denny's picture

/smashes Jason's window, walks away whistling innocently


+1 HS
buckguyfan1's picture

Young and Old, God Bless Buckeye Nation! 

SMP's picture

I think of Seinfeld episode with George claiming shrinkage from just getting out of the pool.

PG_BUCK's picture

True OSU Heroes.
Though I think I would have gone with "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" rather than William Wallace.


buckz4evr's picture

^^^That would have been great...Maybe they'll do it tonight

jeremytwoface's picture

It's.... It's just so beautiful *tear*

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

3 Yards And A Cloud of Dust's picture

TTUN School of Engineering must have designed that protected about as well as their O-line.  O-H!

Buckabroad's picture

I-O! Their O-Line will be exposed on Saturday at least as badly!

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

Unky Buck's picture

I bet there were more than a few who were freezing their royal Rastafarian nay-nays off but hey...power to the people!

If you jiggle your monitor, does that make a jiggly gif?

Jcole737's picture

I'm so proud of those kids.  That fake lantern tweet is freaking hilarious:
"Everyone Please *ake Sure You're Wearing Your Wrist Band"

+1 HS
LILBUCKEYE's picture

This was so much fun last night...While it was pretty fun,I hope the tradition doesnt change and we do it only tuesday night every year

The Ohio State University '17

Jason Gruber's picture

These kids are crazy but, they are FREE!!!  God bless America!!!

"You win with people." Woody Hayes

"If winning isn't everything, why do we keep score?" Vince Lombardi

"¯\_(ツ)_/¯" Joey Bosa

zbd's picture

  Who's stupid idea was it about the wrist bands? Those people should be drowned.

WC Buckeye's picture

So_e stupid risk _anage_ent co_pany giving advice to the university about its insurance exposure, I a_ sure of it. Next thing you know, all ju_pers will be required to sign a waiver. Watch for it.
Tradition FTW.

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

vitaminB's picture

Good to see DV33 was there.  And how how awesome is the O-H-I-O with the Cops who were supposed to be stopping the whole thing.
Reminds me of the time I was working security for a Rage show.  It took two songs before I threw down my yellow jacket and joined in the shenanigans.  Oh, the spoils of youth.

buckz4evr's picture

That picture was the best.  LMAO.  Hope they don't get in trouble with the powers to be

brandonbauer87's picture

_irror Lake is so_ething every OSU fan, young and old, should do at least once. 

Jason Gruber's picture

Well played sir, well played. Love the underscores 

"You win with people." Woody Hayes

"If winning isn't everything, why do we keep score?" Vince Lombardi

"¯\_(ツ)_/¯" Joey Bosa

TMac's picture

ONE Not Done!

schneidzzz's picture

Bravo, OSU students.  Bravo. 

osumastro's picture

Once... I did it 5 times.  And it was on Thursday night.  #tradition

AirAssaultBuckeye's picture

The Thursday night tradition went out the window when The Ga_e was _oved to a week later on the schedule.
Absolutely WELL DONE Lads/Lasses.  Brought a tear to _y eye driving to work today.

Rendezvous With Destiny

gobucks5413's picture

You haven't really done it if you just "jumped", you have to actually swim.

shadybuck's picture

One year I had a roo__ate say he would give _e $20 if i stayed in the lake for a half hour, i was in the lake for about 10 _inutes and started _aking out with some girl and got out... not sure if i brushed _y teeth between throwing up and ju_ping in the lake, oh well

BME_Buckeye's picture

WTF. Lol.

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


ULuvLucy's picture

I absolutely love the Fake Lantern Vine where they open the fence. This year re_inds _e of _y favorite ju_p _e_ory - it was 10 degrees and snowing. So proud of _y rebellious Buckeyes!

BrutusBlock O

+1 HS
Metal Guru's picture

OMG! How many fatalities were there on the Monday jump? ;)

DJ Byrnes's picture

I went up there to take in the scene. Felt like any other Mirror Lake jump, if only a few less jumpers. Props to the students.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

Chief B1G Dump's picture

Was there nudity and/or toplessness!?
Please post...

Jurmah12's picture

We buckeyes are classy. Typically that doesn't happen for too long.

"Where the no fly zone at!?"

Mike Thomas - 11/8/2014

AeroBuckeye2001's picture

Oh how I miss the alma mater.

The Ohio State University Class of 2001

BS Aero & Astronautical Engineering

Idaho Helga's picture

wristbands? WRISTBANDS??!!  We don' need no stinking wristbands!

Jordan Wagner's picture

I was there. Pretty cool scene/movement. 

Buckeyeneer's picture

Hooray! Go Bucks!

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

Earle's picture

Evokes visions of Washington Vrabel crossing the Delaware (by Andy Vance).

Your Noble Savage is a Straw Yeti.

Seattle Linga's picture

Washington is a huge Buckeye fan - Props to you Earle for digging that out!

RBuck's picture

I got hypothermia from looking  at this. A million helmet stickers for those Buckeye Students.

Long live the southend.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Great to see that this even went off without any issues!  Long live the tradition of jumping into Mirror Lake!
Go Bucks!