By Langston Payne
Back in 2016, St. John’s University decided it was time to renovate one of the oldest building on their campus after receiving a $2.5 million dollar grant.
In 1981 an alumnus of the SJU community named Bruce R. Bent donated half a million dollars to the school in agreement one of the building will be named after him. Now more than 35 years later, it is time to renovate the building and keep up with the times. The name seen on the buildings front entrance is “The Peter J. Tobin College of Business”. It was formerly known as Bent Hall.
Shortly after the building was open for students and classes to proceed, a lawsuit was delivered to the president of St. John’s from the Queens Supreme Court for $10 Million in violation of naming rights to the building.
“The name is still on the building, it’s relatively small but it’s their so St. John’s did a good job of not breaking that agreement.” Said St. John’s Senior Jordan Walker.
Joseph Oliva, a vice-president for administration and general counsel for St. John’s, “This was not a purchase of naming rights,” Oliva said.
There was no written agreement from both sides stating that the name of building should always be named bent hall. It was an Oral agreement from a member of the board of trustees in belief that the Staff of St. John’s will always honor.
“If there was no written agreement then St. John’s will win this lawsuit.” Said Kennedy Thomas, St. John’s Law student.
Recently word has come out that St. John’s asked the judge to file a dismiss of the lawsuit that accuses St. John’s of reneging on an oral agreement to keep an alumnus’ name on Bent Hall forever. The name Bent Hall is still on the building and still on the signs around campus.