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Drinking Happens In Dormitories, Too

The local and national media is using the death of Scott S. Krueger '01 as an opportunity to present to the world the evils of fraternities. But this one-sided view ignores the real story behind Krueger's death.

Such an incident could have happened anywhere at MIT - in any fraternity and, yes, in any dormitory. Fraternities have had the luxury of policing themselves and thus have been prime locations for drinking. But alcohol is just as easy to obtain in dormitories.

At both fraternity and dormitory parties, practically everyone can get alcohol regardless of age. On any weekend, there are parties at both fraternities and dormitories, and at either, it is not uncommon to see people passed out from drinking too much. That is the truth about drinking at MIT.

Paul A. Shay '98