News that Ohio State would regulate the Mirror Lake Jump on Tuesday made many revelers furious. The students' simple, brilliant response: jump on Monday instead.
In protest of the university's regulation of a non-sanctioned event, a number of people decided to hold a Monday jump. University police blocked all entrances to Mirror Lake and were set to arrest anyone who tried to access it. Picture and video evidence shows how well that worked. Thousands of students defied the university to make it happen.
The university's heavy-handed involvement will have a greater effect or the Tuesday jump, when the usual throng of people will cavort in Mirror Lake. The university will add extra security, more Rent-a-Fences, and wristbands, measures Monday's crowd proved useless. These regulations make the jump less safe and expose the university to increased liability.
To the university's decision-makers: if you want to stop the jump so badly, fill the lake with concrete. Otherwise, get out of the way, cowards. The students can do this with you or without you, and they'd prefer to do it without you.