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Beat Michigan Festival. Dr. J's message for the week of 11/24/13


There are two major events happening this week: the fences come down on the South Oval, and the football game against Michigan. Each is so big that we are combining the celebrations.

This Tuesday, November 26, Ohio State will hold a Beat Michigan Festival that will also celebrate the official re-opening of the South Oval.  The event will feature the annual Beat Michigan Pep Rally, featuring a special visit from Interim President Alutto and Coach Meyer, as well as a variety of fun and spirited activities including a dance area featuring Eddie George as deejay, a zip line, an interactive “graffiti” mural, inflatables, Lose the Blue t-shirt return and much more.  The festival will run from 6:30 to 11 p.m. The pep rally will begin at 7 p.m. 

Free food is available to the first 4,000 attendees, but for access to food you must pick up a Beat Michigan wrist band at the Ohio Union Information Center. They are available starting today (Sunday, 11/24) at 11 a.m., and can be picked up at any time of building operation through Tuesday. A valid BuckID must be shown to receive a wrist band, and only one wrist band per BuckID will be issued.

We are aware that some of you may be planning to jump into Mirror Lake that evening. We do not encourage you to jump, especially due to the extreme cold temperatures that are expected. However, the wellbeing of Ohio State students is our top priority and we will take efforts to make sure this activity is managed in a way that maintains appropriate levels of safety and security. If you do choose to jump, please keep the following in mind:

- Alcohol significantly affects judgment and reaction and accelerates the effects of hypothermia.  I suggest that you do not drink.

- Mirror Lake is as deep as 8-feet in some areas, so take special care to stay within the designated jump area.

- Use the buddy system, and make a plan for arriving and walking home in a group.

In an effort to best ensure that Mirror Lake is a safe feature on our campus, we will add a number of enhanced safety and security measures for this activity.  Access will be granted to those with Beat Michigan wrist bands (available at the Ohio Union as detailed above) beginning at 6:30 p.m. through one designated entry point and there will be several exit points.  Wrist bands are needed even for those who are only watching.  Students who are incapacitated and unable to care for themselves may not be granted entry.

Be sure to review full guidelines, safety tips and other information online.

We look forward to a safe and spirited week leading up to the big game, and we look forward to seeing you at the Beat Michigan Festival.

Go Bucks!

Dr. J

Javaune Adams-Gaston, PhD
Vice President for Student Life


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