The Tech - Online EditionMIT's oldest and largest
newspaper & the first
newspaper published
on the web
Boston Weather: 39.0°F | Fair

Board Ruling Forces Theta Chi to Go Dry

By Jennifer Lane
Editor in Chief

The Boston Licensing Board has placed Theta Chi on probation, prohibiting the presence of alcohol in the house until Aug. 15.

Once the probation expires, Theta Chi representatives will have to come before the board and demonstrate that they intend to follow the laws and policies of both the board and the Institute before they may again have alcohol in the house, Commissioner Ellen E. Rooney, chair of the board, said during the decision last week.

The fraternity house was independently considering going dry for the remainder of the year, said Theta Chi President Jason T. Timpe '99. Consequently, the house "doesn't feel too harshly punished," he said.

Dean for Student Life Margaret R. Bates felt "generally pleased"by the decision, and called it a "constructive way for [the board] to respond."

BUfreshman drank at Theta Chi

Theta Chi was served with licensing violations after Boston University freshman Marie A. Figueredo was treated for alcohol poisoning on Nov. 15 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

BU student Amy B. LaPrade testified to the board that she, Figueredo, and another BU student had been drinking with fraternity member Jason F. Kreisberg '99 in Kreisberg's room. The students had no contact with other members of the fraternity.

Following the incident, fraternity members voluntarily removed alcohol from the house.

Isolated nature creates problems

Despite testimony from both Timpe and LaPrade that the fraternity had not condoned the drinking, and testimony from Timpe that he felt the fraternity did not have the authority to do room searches, Rooney said something more should have been done.

Given the timing of the incident, in the climate following the alcohol-related death of Scott S. Krueger '01, Rooney said "anyone from any fraternity should be highly vigilant." Fraternity members should have done more to insure that their house was devoid of alcohol, she said.

There "should be a certain amount of peer pressure" to not have alcohol within the fraternity, Rooney said.

Commissioner Daniel F. Pokaski echoed Rooney's concerns, and expressed hope that the Institute would create policies to curtail these types of incidents in the future. "Ithink MIT is finally getting the message," he said.

After the November incident, Theta Chi voluntarily removed all alcohol from their house and took away Kreisberg's right to vote and hold office in the fraternity.

Further disciplinary action decisions are still being discussed, Bates said.