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Mirror Lake jump draws 14K Ohio State fans

November 26, 2014
With GoPro cameras strapped to foreheads and shoes duct-taped to feet, approximately 14,000 Ohio State fans crowded into the Mirror Lake area for the annual Mirror Lake jump between Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning. About 14,000 people attended throughout the night, though “a maximum of 100 students were in the water at any given time,” Administration and Planning spokesman Dan Hedman said in an email. Preliminary numbers indicated there were four medical transports and five arrests for disorderly conduct at Tuesday’s jump. Jumping in Mirror Lake the week before the OSU football game against Michigan is a fan tradition. This year was the second year of increased regulation at… Read more

Students tear fences down, jump in Mirror Lake early

November 25, 2014
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  For a while, it seemed as though the ducks might make more of a splash than any students. Last year, students jumped in the lake a night early in response to a university policy change that required them to get wristbands to enter the Mirror Lake area for the traditional jump before the Michigan game. There were also fences erected around the area prohibiting entry. This year, students also jumped a night early, on Monday, to protest the fences and wristbands. As of Monday evening, more than 380 people had responded to a Facebook event for “Mirror Lake Monday” saying they were going. The event was slated to occur… Read more

Jalin Marshall’s 4 touchdowns spark second-half comeback as Ohio State defeats Indiana, 42-27

November 22, 2014
For the large part of Ohio State’s game against Indiana, the Buckeyes, along with most of the crowd of 101,426 at Ohio Stadium, seemed to be sleeping through the icy conditions in Columbus. It took until 2:20 left in the third quarter for both parties to wake up. With OSU down 20-14, and not having scored since its second drive of the first quarter, redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall took an Indiana punt 54 yards for a score to give OSU the lead and the Buckeyes did not look back as they defeated the Hoosiers 42-27. Marshall said he thought he had to make something happen in order to spark the… Read more

Close to home: What it’s like to be a victim of an off-campus crime

November 21, 2014
From the beginning of the school year to Thursday, University Police have recorded a total of 923 crime reports at both on- and off-campus locations, according to University Police’s daily log. Those reports included everything from public urination and underage drinking to burglaries, sexual assaults and disorderly conduct. And those crimes don’t even include the reports that Columbus Division of Police officers also took in off-campus areas. The Lantern spoke to some of those victims about what it felt like to be the target of a crime, and about what they want other people in the OSU community to know. Armed robbery It was cold outside. That’s one of the… Read more

First glance: ‘Far Cry 4′ outcome depends on player’s choices

November 20, 2014
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From publisher Ubisoft and developer Ubisoft Montreal comes the latest installment of the storied “Far Cry” series. “Far Cry 4” has players assuming the role of Ajay Ghale, a man born in Kyrat, which is a fictional locale based on the Himalayas and Nepal. Ajay is tasked with fulfilling his mother’s dying wish and spreading her ashes on top of the mountains that he and his mother fled when Ajay was only 3 years old. Though the main character can hardly remember anything or anyone from the country of his birth, the same can’t be said of the despotic dictator and the rebel army, who are now waging war for… Read more

VIDEO: OSU students catch peeping Tom masturbating outside off-campus homes

November 20, 2014
The knock on the basement window couldn’t have come at a worse time. It was past midnight and Lauren Tepe and her roommates had just finished watching “American Horror Story” in the basement of their off-campus house, Tepe recalled. “We have a big window in our basement and we hear this knock,” said Tepe, a third-year in psychology. “We were like, ‘What was that?’”… Read more

Mirror Lake jump cost about $100K last year

November 17, 2014
The Mirror Lake jump cost the university an estimated $100,000 last year — more than double what it cost before students were required to obtain wristbands for entry into a fenced-off area around the lake. And while many students took to the lake a night early last year to protest those requirements, it’s unclear what University Police will do if that happens again. As for this year, the cost of the event won’t be known until after the event, Administration and Planning spokesman Dan Hedman said in a Monday email. “Because this is not a university event, it is difficult to know in advance how much will be needed to… Read more

Syphilis outbreak persists in Columbus

November 16, 2014
Students walking through the RPAC in recent weeks might have noticed a sign outside of the Student Wellness Center that read: “ATTENTION COLUMBUS, SYPHILIS OUTBREAK, GET TESTED.” Ohio State Student Life spokesman Dave Isaacs said the notice at the Student Wellness Center wasn’t a response to an increase in the number of cases on campus, but rather in the number of cases in the Greater Columbus area.  And Columbus Public Health lists a Columbus syphilis outbreak on its website.  Its most recent release about the outbreak was issued Nov. 4 and said data from the Ohio Department of Health showed a 34 percent increase in cases from January through August,… Read more

First glance: ‘Sunset Overdrive’ brings gamers back to Sega era

November 11, 2014
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“Sunset Overdrive” is a third-person, action/adventure game developed by Insomniac Games. Harkening back to the nostalgic days of the Sega Dreamcast era of gaming with its vivid environment, tongue-in-cheek humor and fast-paced, crisp, clean action, “Sunset Overdrive” is a standout title in this crowded fall release schedule. Taking place in the not-too-distant future of 2027, the planet’s population has been decimated after consumers drink Overcharge Delirium XT, a new energy drink developed by the ominous FizzCo corporation. The canned energy drink has an unusual way of turning everyone that consumes it into grotesque, exploding, zombie-like creatures who thirst for blood. Humanity is at the brink of extinction as you team… Read more

Student gets worldwide support after he was attacked for being gay

November 9, 2014
“Hi babe — I just got punched in the face. A guy ran up to me, called me a fag and punched me.” Jerad Williams recalled that his boyfriend’s phone call shocked him. A photo of the incident, though, would go on to shock the Internet. About 20 minutes before the Thursday evening call, Williams — a first-year in zoology — had just parted ways with his boyfriend of one month, Cole Ledford, a third-year in business real estate. Returning from a friend’s house, Williams and Ledford traveled down the university stretch of High Street at about 11 p.m. in the rain, planning to eventually split and go back to… Read more