Phi Gamma Delta Suspension Forces Brothers into DormsBy Douglas E. Heimburger
Associate News Editor
As a grand jury investigation into the death of Scott S.Krueger '01 continues, residents of Phi Gamma Delta are preparing to move out of their house at 28 The Fenway and into rooms in MacGregor House, Westgate, Tang Hall, and Ashdown House.
In November, the Boston Licensing Board suspended Fiji's dormitory license from January 15 through August 15. In addition, Fiji was prohibited from having alcohol on its premises until at least the year 2000.
Of the 37 residents ofFiji, 10 freshmen and 13 upperclassmen have requested on-campus dormitory housing to date, said Program Director for ResidentialLife Philip M. Bernard.
Residence and Campus Activities was working to assist in moving Fiji students into their on-campus housing before the deadline, Bernard said.
MacGregorHouse will receive eight of the ten freshmen in four converted lounges, Bernard said. The remaining pair of freshmen will live as roommates in another dormitory.
"We want [the freshmen] to have a roommate that's another pledge"of the fraternity, Bernard said.
The rooms in which some freshmen will be housed are by no means spartan. The lounges are "probably [some] of the nicest doubles on campus,"said MacGregor House Manager Robert T.Ramsay Jr. When the rooms were last used as crowding relief during the 1980s, "they [were] very difficult to move [the] students out of because they liked it" so much.
One pair of students will live in each of the MacGregor tower entries in a suite determined by the current residents, Ramsay said.
Several of the upperclass students of Fiji will be accommodated in pairs in Westgate, Tang Hall and Ashdown House, Bernard said. The remaining seven or eight students will be housed where space permits in the residence system, like others moving on campus from off-campus accommodations.
Students indifferent to changes
Many students at MacGregor House, where the most visible effects will occur, seemed unphased by the loss of the lounges.
The hardest part of the change is deciding in which lounges to house the freshmen, said Dylan H.Rivas '98, B-entry chair at MacGregor. "We really don't know what they're like," he said.
"Generally [residents] were a little bit surprised but no one's too upset or angry about it,"said Michelle Girvan '99, A-entry chair. "Some people are actually looking forward to having two new people in the entry." A-entry plans to use its' least-used entry to house its new freshmen.
Criminal investigations continue
Meanwhile, a Suffolk County grand jury continues its investigation into the alcohol-induced death ofKrueger at Fiji in September.
Last month, Appeals Court Judge Mel Greenberg threw out an order requiring Fiji treasurer Daniel A. Hermann '99 to turn over the fraternity's financial records dating back to 1990.
Hermann's attorney, Alan M. Spiro, argued successfully that Hermann was not obligated to turn over the records because of his constitutional protection against self-incrimination. Hermann was not a specific target of the probe, said Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney Pamela Wechsler.
At an earlier court hearing, Wechsler said it was unclear whether Krueger drank voluntarily or if he was forced to drink during a hazing incident.
The grand jury has been meeting since early November.However the jury may not meet every day and can be called back to hear additional evidence as time goes by, said Suffolk University Law Professor Marc Perlin.
No charges in other incidents
Meanwhile, the Boston Police and the Suffolk County Prosecutor's Office have decided not to prosecute anyone in the other two incidents of underage drinking at MITfraternities during the fall semester.
"There are no investigations into either"the incident at Sigma Phi Epsilon in early December or the incident at Theta Chi in November, said DavidFalcone, a spokesperson for District Attorney Ralph Martin. "There's nothing turned over to this office" by the Boston Police, he added.
The Boston Police has conducted "no investigation into these incidents," saidSarah Witherell, a spokesperson for the Boston Police department.
The Campus Police have finished their internal investigations into the matters, saidChief Anne P. Glavin, who declined to comment on what action MIT will take.
Officials in the Office of the Dean for Students and Undergraduate Education were unable to provide any information on the status of the overall investigations of the incidents.
"Both students and administrators have been in and out" as a result of final exams and the holiday break, causing the investigation to slow, said Dean for Student Life Margaret R. Bates.
"Over the next week or so we'll be looking at [the incidents] carefully and also how to respond to the situations,"Bates said, adding that it was important to maintain consistency between the incidents. "We have our preliminary investigationŠ but we need to bring things together."
Discussions about the future alcohol policies of the Institute will likely begin again within the next week, Bates said.
CPs investigate medical incidents
When there is evidence of illegal underage drinking, such as in the incidents at Theta Chi and Sigma Phi Epsilon, the Campus Police sometimes work with the Dean's Office in determining whether to file criminal charges or to deal with the matter throughMIT's internal disciplinary system, Glavin said. "It's not etched in stone."
When the student involved in the SigEp incident was transported to the Medical Center, the Campus Police conducted an investigation because of evidence that "something above and beyond the [need for] medical transport" was involved in the incident.
Only a few police departments operate their own ambulance service, as the Campus Police do, but most police departments regularly send cruisers to check for illegal activity when an ambulance is sent to a location for medical reasons, Glavin said.
"If we get a medical call that someone had overdosed on drugs and we respond and find a wild drug party on campus we'd obviously deal with that medical emergency,"Glavin said,"but we're still dealing with illegal activity and then we have to conduct an investigation."
However, such checks may not be made public knowledge, "We work hard to protect an individual's name. We've certainly done that," Glavin said.