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Students Say Guard Never Posted at Bar

By Frank Dabek
StAfF RePoRtEr

Reports by Random Hall residents indicate that the Cambridgeport Saloon may not be stationing an extra doorman outside the saloon on Friday and Saturday nights.

The saloon, located next to Random Hall on Massachusetts Avenue, was required to post a doorman by a ruling of the Cambridge License Commission after a resident of Random Hall was beaten by a group of men leaving the saloon in October.

"I have been concernedŠ some Fridays and Saturdays no one is in evidence," said Random Hall Housemaster Nina J. Davis-Millis.

"People come by and complain that no one is there" on Friday and Saturday nights, said Martha F. Montague '98, a desk worker at Random.

Both qualified their statements, however, since they had observed the bar only intermittently.

Davis-Millis said her statement "doesn't mean someone isn't there, [but] a lot of the time there isn't [a guard posted]."

However, Davis-Millis said that she was "tremendously grateful" that the area had seen no more incidents and thanked the Campus Police for "extending themselves beyond what they had to do," she said.

Saloon claims compliance

Liz Backstrom, manager of the Cambridgeport Saloon, denied that the guard was not in place. "We now have an extra employee, a doorman, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights," she said.

The saloon is in compliance with the licensing commission's ruling, Backstrom said. She would not comment further.

Executive Officer of the Cambridge License Commission Richard Scali was unaware of any violations by the saloon of the requirement that it post a doorman as a condition on its license to serve alcohol.

However, the commission "encourages people to file a complaint with us" if they feel a violation is occurring, Scali said. The commission includes an investigator who could verify any complaints.

Anyone wishing to file a complaint with the commission can call (617)349-6149. Complaints may be made anonymously.

Violation could mean suspension

Failure to post the extra doorman could lead to suspension of the saloon's license.

"If they are not abiding by the conditionŠ they could face suspension" after evidence is collected and a hearing is held, Scali said.

Campus Police are also involved in the situation. Captain David Carlson said that he was not aware that a guard was required to be posted outside the saloon. However, Campus Police has increased patrols around Random Hall and will "pay special attention" to the area.

"[We will] concentrate patrols where there is activity," Carlson said.