$1M Gift To Support Planned Center

By John Ombelets
Contributing Writer

Boston College has received a $1 million gift from The Behrakis Foundation, which will assist in the construction of the proposed new student center, part of the proposed Middle Campus project.

Vice President for University Relations Mary Lou DeLong announced that the gift has been received from George D. Behrakis, a trustee of the foundation and president and chief executive officer of Muro Pharmaceutical, Inc. Behrakis and his wife, Margo, are the parents of Drake, a 1986 graduate of Boston College, and Stephanie, a BC graduate student.

University President William P. Leahy, SJ, noted that the Behrakis Foundation gift shows great faith in Boston College.

"We are extremely grateful to George Behrakis," Fr. Leahy said, "for this generous gift to the University. It is a most welcome contribution to the Middle Campus project, which will greatly enrich the co-curricular and extracurricular lives of our students."

DeLong added that, "During these times when colleges and universities must be extra vigilant with their limited resources, gifts of this type that enable much-needed construction projects to move forward are most appreciated."

Behrakis has been a past supporter of Boston College, most notably through a substantial gift for the Merkert Chemistry Center.

In 1995, University administrators announced plans to develop the southwest corner of the Middle Campus with the construction of three buildings - an academic building, a structure containing some student center functions, and the main student center, which will replace McElroy Commons - in the Gothic style of the original campus buildings.

The proposed student center will provide increased meeting and activity space for student clubs and organizations, and centralize many student life offices, such as the University Chaplaincy.

The proposal was presented to the Newton Board of Aldermen, which voted in October to deny a special permit for the project's construction. The University has filed an appeal in the state Land Court.

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