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.
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Immediately, Ohio State announced it would take steps to end the lake jump tradition, which had drawn thousands of students.
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The rebuilding of the lake, which cost $8.4-million, includes removing the brick bottom and concrete sides and installing a more natural landscape to the four-foot deep lake. Volkmann said more seating, overlooks and Wi-Fi have been added to make the area more inviting.
Mirror Lake started out as a stream and then a bog nearly 145 years ago.
According to an article published in The Lantern, the renovation is the latest in a long line of face lifts to the pond over the past 80 years, including efforts to address algae growth and unpleasant smells.