Vest will stay for Steer Roast
By Joey Marquez
Steer Roast, the annual party sponsored by Senior House, begins today and continues through the weekend. Unlike his predecessor, President Charles M. Vest and his wife will remain in their house adjacent to the dormitory during the festivities, according to Alena S. Campagna '91, head vice president of Senior House.
In years past, former President Paul E. Gray '54 and his wife Priscilla stayed at their alternate home during Steer Roast to avoid the noise of the party. The Vests' only home, however, is the Institute-provided house next to Senior House.
As an expression of their concern for the Vests, Senior House residents offered to pay for the president and his wife to stay at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge hotel on Saturday night. But Campagna said the Vests decided to "stick it out" and determine whether or not to stay at home during future Steer Roast weekends.
Campagna added that both President and Mrs. Vest are scheduled to attend a Sunday morning pancake breakfast, and that President Vest will be flipping pancakes that morning.
Dorm to take precautions
Senior House representatives said they will be taking several precautions during this year's party, including careful monitoring of alcohol distribution and limited access to dangerous locations.
David W. Hogg '92, president of Senior House, said "we are definitely not going to serve beer to people under 21." He said that the precautions are due to changes in the attitudes of Senior House residents.
Hogg said that the precautions being taken are not related to the death of David G. Moore '91 last summer, who fell to his death from a Senior House balcony July 4. At the time, sources said Moore was under the influence of LSD.
He also denied that the changes are related to the expulsion of a Senior House graduate resident tutor, Andrew W. Howitt, after Howitt was convicted of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute in December.
Joan E. Kussmaul '92, a Senior House vice president, said, "We're going to be careful about serving people over 21. We don't want to break any current alcohol rules."
Campagna also said that Senior House would make all efforts to ensure guests' safety. She said that access to dangerous locations will be limited and that guests will only be allowed to use first-floor bathrooms.
Kussmaul said that "the veeps [vice presidents] will be patrolling the whole area [to make sure] that people who shouldn't be on the balconies aren't, and that people who have had enough [to drink] stop being served."
Kussmaul said that Campus Police officers will be present at both the Friday party for alumni and residents of Senior House, and at the open party on Saturday.
According to Kussmaul, there will be a dinner Saturday afternoon, to which the entire MIT community is invited. Numerous professors will attend, and a bluegrass band is scheduled to play, she said. The following evening, four bands -- Sam Black Church, Dead Man's Booty, Hordes Mungo and Facts About Rats -- will be playing.
Hogg said that "basically, Steer Roast is going to be the great party it has always been."