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Campus map placed by Student Center

By Andrea Lamberti

In a boon for visitors to the MIT campus, the first of two MIT Campus Information maps has been placed between the Stratton Student Center and Massachusetts Avenue.

The map was the gift of the Class of 1987. The second one will be installed at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) station in Kendall Square, according to Barbara A. Peterson, the Alumni Association's program director for students and parents.

The second sign is not part of the class gift, Peterson said. It will be be "in something provided by the MBTA," she said.

The class gift sign lists MIT buildings by number and name, and the numbers are referenced on the color map. It includes street names, bus stops and parking lots. However, the map does not indicate its own location in a "you are here" manner.

The Planning Office did not have official information yesterday on the total cost of the maps, according to Ovadia R. Simha, director of planning.

The cost of the sign slightly exceeded the amount of money raised by the class, Peterson said, but MIT made up the difference. At the time of commencement

in 1987, the class had officially raised $4894.50. Peterson said additional funds came in after graduation, but he could not have exact figures.

The total funds raised for the gift came close to $10,000 after the Class of 1937 gave an additional $5000 to the gift.

The 50th reunion class -- in 1987 it was the Class of '37 -- usually puts forth an effort for a reunion gift, Peterson explained. The reunion class is asked to set aside funds for the graduating class' gift; in this case it was $5000.

The gift was determined by members of the Class of '87 before they graduated, Peterson said. They collected money from 26 percent of the class during the spring term.

The Class of '87 gift coordinator, Sherman C. Luk '87, was unavailable for comment yesterday.

Although it has been over three years since the Class of '87 graduated, Peterson felt the time it took for the map to become a reality was not unusual in terms of a class gift. "The amount of time that it's taken has been probably about average," she said.

The map and its structure "had to meet a lot of people's needs," Peterson explained. Planning for the map was done internally at MIT, she said, before the plans to construct it it were thrown into gear.

Because this type of gift requires several stages of planning and approvals, "[It's a] process that does take some time," she said.

The dedication ceremony will take place during Alumni Week in June.