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Jim Rice Opens New Bentley Dorm

August 18, 2004

WALTHAM, Mass. - Boston Red Sox legend Jim Rice, one of the most feared hitters of his era, was on campus August 18 to celebrate the opening of Fenway Residence Hall, the campus' newest dorm.

President Joe Morone, a self-admitted Yankees fan growing up in New York, welcomed Rice to campus and shared the same sentiments as opposing pitchers.

"Jim Rice was the one player on the Red Sox I feared the most," he said. "I can't believe I am now here introducing him."

Rice was on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony for Fenway- named in honor of Boston's landmark ballpark and built on the site of the old Bentley baseball field. An 88,000-square-foot suite-style residence hall on the southeast campus, it will be filled to capacity, housing 286 undergraduate students this fall.

"We had no trouble attracting students to these rooms," said Dave Hennessey, assistant dean, Residential Center. "They selected them sight unseen."

Among its stand-out features is a top floor glass-enclosed conference room with spectacular views of the athletic facilities - appropriately nicknamed the "Sky Box." Fenway is located next to the Copley North and South halls, which opened in September 2001.

Rice also participated in a fifteen-minute question and answer session with the crowd, offering views on everything from the Red Sox playoff chances this season to the new dorm.

When asked about some of his most memorable moments as a Red Sox player, he said there were a few, but one of the most important was the day his daughter was born. "I missed a double-header and my wife kept saying, 'just give me two hours' - it took 11. But seeing my daughter come into the world was worth it."

Saying he was enjoying his give-and-take with the Bentley crowd, he also had a more serious message to offer: "Events like this stress education," he said. "We need to get our kids out more, away from the TV sets and X-boxes and all that other stuff."

Jim Rice is now a special organizational instructor for the Boston Red Sox, and also serves as a television studio analyst for Red Sox games on New England Sports Network (NESN). He played sixteen seasons in the major leagues, all of them with the Red Sox. The eight-time All-Star finished his career with a .298 batting average, 382 home runs and 1,451 RBI. Rice was voted the American League MVP in 1978 and ranks third behind only Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski on the Red Sox all-time leaders in home runs, RBI, hits and total bases.

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