In November 2015, Bellbrook native Austin Singletary, 22, died during the Mirror Lake jump on campus.
Two years later, Ohio State agreed to pay the Singletary family $450,000 to settle a lawsuit. The third year student died of accidental head and neck trauma.
Immediately after Singletary’s death, Ohio State announced it would take steps to end the lake jump tradition, which had drawn thousands of students.
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The university began restoring Mirror Lake to a natural setting a little more than two years ago.
The rebuilding of the lake, which cost $8.4-million, included removing the brick bottom and concrete sides and installing a more natural landscape to the four-foot deep lake. More seating, overlooks and Wi-Fi were also added to make the area more inviting, according to the university.
Mirror Lake started out as a stream and then a bog nearly 145 years ago.
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