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BU Coed Hospitalized After Drinking at Frat

Indranath Neogy -- The Tech
Boston Police inspected Theta Chi Nov. 20 after a Boston University freshman was hospitalized with alcohol poisoning.

By Frank Dabek and Jennifer Lane
Staff Reporters

Theta Chi has come under scrutiny following the hospitalization of Marie A. Figueredo, a freshman at Boston University, after an alleged night of drinking at the fraternity.

Boston Police were notified after Figueredo, who is 18, was brought to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center on Nov. 15 from her room in Warren Towers, a BU dormitory, after her roommate called 911. Figueredo was treated for alcohol poisoning and subsequently released.

The roommate reported that Figueredo had consumed seven shots of liquor in half an hour in a brother's room at the fraternity.

The Boston Police later cited Theta Chi for serving alcohol to a minor, which is a violation of the dormitory license issued to the fraternity. Boston Police Detective Richard Famolare inspected the house at 528 Beacon St. on Nov. 20.

Iddo Gilon '98, president of the Interfraternity Council, said that Theta Chi was also cited with a violation for blocking exits.

Ellen Rooney, chair of the Boston Licensing Board, told The Boston Herald that the board would hold a hearing on the incident early next year.

Gilon was not aware if a criminal investigation was ongoing but he said that detectives had been inquiring into events surrounding the Theta Chi incident.

"MIT is investigating [and] if the investigation reveals underage drinking" MIT will take appropriate action, said Rosalind H. Williams, dean of students and undergraduate education. The dean's office will undertake its own investigation into the incident.

Ian S. Peir '98, president of Theta Chi, said that the house is still considering what action it will take in response to the incident.

The IFC president's council met on Sunday, but did not decide what, if any, action should be taken against the fraternity, Gilon said.

The IFC "can't decide without due process," and not enough information is currently available, Gilon said. The dean's office will most likely treat this incident similarly to the Zeta Psi incident, "possibly suspending the fraternity pending an investigation."

"The Boston Licensing Board is pretty upset with MIT [and] not necessarily with the ILGs," Gilon added.

Campus Police omit incident

The Campus Police investigated the Theta Chi incident shortly after Figueredo was hospitalized.

Neither this incident nor the subsequent license inspection were recorded by the Campus Police in the published crime log.

The Campus Security Act of 1990 mandates that university police forces report campus crimes to their communities. The act defines campus areas to include any building or property owned or controlled by student organizations recognized by the institution.

"The campus police crime report is only going to deal within campus police jurisdiction," Williams said.

Chief of Campus Police Anne P. Glavin could not be reached for comment.

The incident at Theta Chi is the third involving the underage consumption of alcohol at fraternities this year. Scott S. Krueger '01 died after drinking excessively at Phi Gamma Delta in September and in October a Zeta Psi freshman attempted to purchase alcohol by presenting false identification.