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DEFENDING BOSTON COLLEGE

Outreach to Boston

April 21, 2010

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BRIAN MCGRORY’S gratuitous attack on Boston College (“BC = better contribute,’’ April 16, Metro, B1) represents a low for Globe journalism.

By all measures, Boston College is one of the nation’s premier universities, and its reputation results not from a single football pass, but from the talent and dedication of its outstanding faculty, students, and alumni.

McGrory disregards the fact that BC does not rely on municipal services for police, snow removal, or trash collection, that half of its campus lies in Newton, and that it makes annual payments for municipal services to Boston at an amount established by City Hall, while also making payments to the City of Newton. Nonetheless, BC provides $6.1 million in financial assistance for undergraduates from Boston, $9.5 million in annual support for Boston public and parochial schools, and 550,000 hours of volunteer community service to Boston schools, hospitals, and community organizations.

We are a tax-exempt organization, and we choose to uphold that status that has been afforded us since our founding. We believe that our collective outreach — among the most significant of any university in the nation — remains the best way for BC to make contributions to Boston.

JACK DUNN
Chestnut Hill
The writer is university spokesman for Boston College.

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