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Two stabbed at Lobdell

By Joey Marquez

and Andrea Lamberti

At a reggae party in the Julius A. Stratton '23 Student Center Saturday night, two men were stabbed after two separate fights broke out, one on the dance floor in Lobdell Court, and one in the Wiesner Gallery adjacent to Lobdell, witnesses said.

Both victims were treated afterwards at Beth Israel Hospital. Damion Halfkenny, a Northeastern University student, was in stable condition at Beth Israel over the weekend, according to The Boston Globe. Fred Hector, a student at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, was treated and released, the Globe reported.

Campus Police Chief Anne P. Glavin said the police have some leads but currently have no suspects. The Campus Police, Cambridge Police and the state police are all investigating, Glavin said.

The deejay party, which was primarily attended by local high-school students, was organized by Stephen O. Bertram '92 and a former MIT student, William T. Drake '89, who head High Top Fade, which "promotes parties," Bertram said.

Bertram registered the party with the Residence and Campus Activities Office by claiming it was a Black Student Union party, according to BSU President Dike N. Ahanotu '93. But BSU was not associated with the party, Ahanotu said. Bertram is not a member of the BSU, Ahanotu said.

Stabbers disappeared

into the crowd

According to witness Lamont L. Dozier '94, at approximately 12:35 am, Halfkenny was in an argument with another individual in the middle of the dance floor in Lobdell when, as the tension built up to a fight, an unknown individual jumped from the crowd and stabbed him five times in the abdomen, leaving Halfkenny immobile on the floor, the Globe reported.

However, Bertram said that Halfkenny was stabbed "twice in the abdomen, once in the chest, [and] twice in [the] back."

Dozier and Bertram said that when the stabbing occurred, it was dark and no one could see the perpetrator clearly. After the incident, the lights were immediately turned on, but the individual lost himself in the moving crowd, Dozier said. Bertram said the Campus Police broke up the fight and cleared the area.

In the second incident, which occurred about 10 to 15 minutes after the first stabbing, Hector was arguing with two or three people near the Wiesner Gallery on the second floor of the Student Center and reached deep inside his jacket, Dozier said.

At that instant, someone threw a trash can at him and one of the individuals stabbed him once, but not seriously enough to prevent Hector from pursuing the perpetrator.

As in the first stabbing, the assailant also disappeared right after the stabbing to avoid coming in contact with the police, Dozier said.

Dozier said that the efforts made by the police and the paramedics where not of high caliber. He said that the paramedics strolled into the Student Center as if there were no real emergency.

He also said the police were trying only to prevent students from coming into contact with Halfkenny, and were not aware of the second incident near the Wiesner Gallery.

Party falsely registered

as BSU-sponsored

Bertram registered the party with the Residence and Campus Activities Complex by showing his MIT identification card and signing as a member of the BSU, Ahanotu said.

The BSU had discussed co-sponsoring the party with High Top Fade, but "we never officially authorized the deal," Ahanotu said. He added, "No one from the BSU Executive Board was at the party; no one knew it was in our name."

Bertram said the party was registered as "a reggae dance party, not as a High Top Fade party. . . . It was co-sponsored by [the BSU], but they weren't in charge of the party. . . . It wasn't a Black Student Union party."

Ahanotu said when Bertram registered the party with Campus Activities, BSU officers were not contacted. He added that at the time, the Residence and Campus Activities Office had a list of former officers, and the office now has a list of current officers.

Ahanotu said "fault" of the mix-up "could be in the system."

Director of Campus Activities Susanna C. Hinds could not be reached for comment last night.

According to Dozier, the party was attended mainly by high school students from the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. Of the approximately 200 students that were present, only 12 or 13 were MIT students.

Dozier said that the Campus Police were not strictly requesting identification from people attending the party individuals, so the high school students had easy access to the party. However, Glavin said that there were numerous ejections throughout the night.

Bertram said he and Drake advertized through people they know at other colleges. Regarding the crowd of high-school students, Bertram said, "I have no idea how people found out, probably [by] word of mouth." Dozier said that many of the high school students at the party were holding small paper flyers advertising the party, though.

Bertram said he "can't say right now" what plans he and Drake have for High Top Fade's next party.