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UCLA Gets $5.2 Million More for Royce Hall Quake Repairs

UCLA has received $5.2 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help repair the campus’ landmark Royce Hall, bringing the total amount of federal aid for the earthquake-damaged building to $37 million.

In a conference call with UCLA Chancellor Charles Young on Tuesday, Vice President Al Gore announced the grant to help pay for rebuilding the well-known brick and terra cotta structure, whose towers were cracked during the 1994 Northridge quake.

“We knew from day one that UCLA needed and deserved the attention from the entire country and help from all the American people if it was going to recover fully and continue its long tradition of excellence in education,” Gore told Young during the call. FEMA Director James Lee Witt and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) also spoke to Young during the announcement.

UCLA officials said the latest FEMA grant will be used to pay for the relocation of faculty, language departments and the Center for the Performing Arts, which had been housed in Royce.

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