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Dormitory council reports few violations of rush and alcohol rules

and Simson L. Garfinkel

The Dormitory Council observed no violations of the Policy Statement on the Use of Alcohol in its self-monitoring efforts during rush week, according to Dormitory Council Judicial Committee Chairman Steve Brandwein '86.

The new Office of the Dean for Student Affairs policy restricts consumption of alcohol in common areas and at certain times during the rush weekend. It also prohibits drinking by students under the age of 21, in accordance with Massachusetts state law.

"The rush violations were just normal rush violations," said Dormitory Council President Anthony Scotti '86. "They were not alcohol-related. No one was prosecuted."

One freshman, who requested that his name and the dormitory's name be withheld, said that alcohol was being served at a dormitory party Saturday evening of rush weekend. Another freshman said, "I had some very good champagne" at a dormitory.

Two representatives were chosen from each dormitory. The residents of the dormitory were matched with representatives of other dormitories. The pairs monitored other dormitories' compliance with the dry rush policy.

But "the point of it was not be a police action," Brandwein said.

Mediations Committee policy allows the chairmen, R/O chairmen and Judicial Committee chairmen of the Dormitory Council and the InterFraternity Council "had jurisdiction to go wherever the freshmen go ... all during R/O," Brandwein said.

"We had been concerned about [fraternities'] compliance with" the dry rush policy, Scotti said. "Apparently, there were no problems.

"I think that, all in all, rush was definitely different this year and better," he said. "I don't think people got away with much."

Administration comments

"I was amazed at the lack of complaints or incidents or violations of dry rush" policies, according to Robert A. Sherwood, associate dean for student affairs. "Dry rush did not seem to have detrimental impact on R/O week."

"Alcohol is everywhere in the environment," said Mark E. Ertel, advisor to fraternities and independent living groups in the Dean's Office. "Around here, alcohol is available."

"I could not have been happier," he said. "The feedback I have gotten ... has been very, very positive."