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DPis to live in Back Bay

DPis to live in Back Bay

By Joanna E. Stone

At the same time the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity received notice of their approved freshman housing status, several members of the Delta Pi fraternity have decided to rent a house together in Back Bay for next year.

However, the apartment house they are considering renting, located on Marlborough Street, will not be a fraternity house. "It's just a bunch of undergraduates wanting to live together in a cooperative type situation," outgoing Delta Pi President Keith J. MacKay '91 said.

Approximately 20 people have agreed to live in the house, according to MacKay, and nine of them are not Delta Pi members. "So far it's about a 50-50 split. And we're still looking for more undergrad and graduate students," MacKay said.

MacKay stressed that living with other members of Delta Pi is not an integral ingredient for a close-knit fraternity. "As far as we're concerned, being without housing is a sub-optimal thing. But that wasn't what the fraternity was based on, the organization is more important than the house," MacKay said.

MacKay said he could not speculate on any positive outcome that would result from a number of Delta Pi members living together, since that was not the intended purpose of renting the house.

"It will not be a fraternity house and that street is not zoned for fraternity rental," MacKay said. He noted that were Delta Pi to rent the building for the purpose of housing only fraternity members, it would be in violation of Boston law "and we'd be out on the street and still responsible for the 15-month lease."

MacKay contended, "When Delta Pi finds a fraternity house and moves into it, it will be a very positive thing. But that hasn't happened yet and won't happen for several years until we can build a financial base," he said.

MacKay said that before Delta Pi members looked into leasing the house at 402 Marlborough St., they discussed their intentions with Neal H. Dorow, advisor to fraternities and independent living groups.

Dorow, however, would not comment on this. He would only say that MIT did not have any intentions of helping Delta Pi locate official housing in the foreseeable future.

"We don't have any commitment to obtaining single sex housing for males at this time," Dorow said. He noted that there was a "gross inequity" between the number of housing choices available for men as opposed to women at MIT.

"Logically, there is a need to pursue other options for women students at MIT. The same need isn't there to do so for men's groups."