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Student Hospitalized After Party at Baker

By Kevin R. Lang
Staff Reporter

A 20-year-old Simmons College student was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital early Saturday morning after allegedly consuming alcohol at a party in Baker House.

Two parties were held in Baker after the Late Night event on Friday, one on the third floor and one on the fourth. It is not clear which party she had attended, but the Boston Herald reported yesterday that the student had been drinking a spiked punch.

The student was found vomiting in a fourth floor bathroom at approximately 1:30 a.m. Campus Police were notified, and after finding her ill but conscious they called an ambulance. She was taken to MGH, where she was treated and released, said Kenneth D. Campbell, director of the News Office.

According to sources at Baker House, alcohol was served at the third floor party. A number of underage people were involved in the drinking.

The third and fourth floor halls and lounges were crowded, but the number of attendees at the parties is unknown. Some students placed attendance at the third-floor party as high as 300 students.

Sources also indicate that a large number of non-residents and non-MIT students attended one or both of the parties.

The third and fourth floor parties were apparently not connected. The third floor party was advertised in other MIT dormitories.

Kartik M. Mani '00, one of the third floor party's organizers, sent an e-mail advertisement to the Baker House social mailing list and the Leadershape mailing list. Included in the e-mail was the promise of "all the Fijipunch you can drink."

Mani said that while the party was crowded, the crowd was kept under control by extensive supervision.

Baker residents had been notified of the party previously, since the party needed to be approved by third floor residents.

Fewer details are known about the fourth floor party. One Baker resident reported between 100 and 150 people at the party's peak, and that the fourth floor party was primarily attended by MIT students.

Neither party registered

Neither party was registered with the Office of Residence Life and Student Life Programs, Campbell said.

Any residence hall event where alcohol is served must be registered with both RLSLP and the CPs. Events with more that 250 people or more than 100 people and non-residents must also be registered with RLSLP.

Although neither party was an official house event, according to Baker House Social Chair John Holmes '00, MIT still requires registration.

Baker House President William W. Vanderson '99 declined to comment on the incident.

In a press release issued Monday afternoon, Campbell said that MIT is investigating the incident as an "unauthorized party." It is "being treated very seriously by MIT," he said.

"We're moving on several levels," said Dean for Student Life Margaret R. Bates. "There will be disciplinary procedures as appropriate. This simply cannot happen."

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

Zareena Hussain and Douglas E. Heimburger contributed to the reporting of this story.