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TDC Junior Found Passed Out in Baker

By Stacey E. Blau
Editor in Chief

An intoxicated and near-comatose member of Theta Delta Chi was found passed out Saturday morning in the Baker House kitchen, said Baker House Housemaster William B. Watson.

Maintenance workers found the student underneath a table in the kitchen and called the Campus Police and an ambulance around 10 a.m., said George R. Lee '98, a Baker House desk worker who saw the student being carried out of the dormitory.

The student, who was taken to the Medical Center, seemed disoriented and did not know where he was, Lee said.

No one would identify the student, but TDC President Camilo R. Cepada '96 said that he was a junior. Cepada said that the student is doing fine and is back at work his Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program project at the Media Laboratory.

Watson concerned about drinking

"I'm just beginning my own investigation, but I'm extremely concerned about this," Watson said. "Anyone who was drinking at such a volume that he could pass out and be in a comatose state later - that could have been a very dangerous situation."

Aside from the intoxication, "the fact that he somehow was alone was very disturbing to me," Watson said. People who drink are usually with others, and the student could have been in danger being very drunk and all by himself.

"I would imagine that someone was there, but I'm not sure," Cepada said.

Watson said that it was not clear if the student began drinking at Baker or at TDC.

Baker's social chair checked the dormitory's liquor closet to see if any alcohol was missing, but the check revealed nothing gone. "We don't keep the liquor closet in the kitchen," Watson said.

Neal H. Dorow, associate dean for Residence and Campus Activities and adviser to fraternities, sororities and independent living groups, said he could not comment on the incident, citing confidentiality.

Residents wonder about security

Many at Baker are questioning how the TDC member made his way into the kitchen since the area is off limits to most people, and only maintenance workers and a few others have keys.

"I have no idea how he would have gotten into the kitchen," said Baker House President Iyand Obeid '97.

Sometimes a door around the perimeter of Baker might be left open, Lee said. Also, TDC residents sometimescome to Baker to do their laundry. They use a side entrance, and no one might have seen someone who entered from there, he said.

Some Baker residents believe that some members of TDC may actually have keys to Baker, which might have gained them access to any number of areas, Lee said.

"If TDC has keys to Baker House, this is the first time they used them," Watson said.

Douglas E. Heimburger contributed to the reporting of this story.