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Wellesley Woman Taken to Hospital After Intoxication at Zeta Psi Party

By Susan Buchman
ASSOCIATE NEWSEDITOR

An 18-year-old Wellesley student was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital early Sunday after being intoxicated at the "All Zete" party held at Zeta Psi fraternity.

ZP brothers called Campus Police at approximately 1 a.m. Sunday to report the Wellesley student's situation.

"She was visibly intoxicated so we saw that she needed help," Ditsch said.

Fraternity members took the woman outside "to get some fresh air," Ditsch said.

When the CPs arrived at ZP, they were told that the woman was across the street in the Windsor Street parking lot. The CPs found two fraternity members trying to help the woman, who had vomited and passed out, according to Kenneth D. Campbell of the News Office.

The Campus Police called an MITambulance, and the woman was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, where she was released the next morning.

According to Joseph Ditsch '00, president of ZP, the fraternity is still investigating how the student obtained the alcohol.

"We took all the necessary precautions" to keep underage partyers from obtaining alcohol, Ditsch said.

The ZP party was a bring-your-own-beer event, meaning that partyers brought their own alcohol and none was supplied by ZP. Identification was checked at the door, and those of legal drinking age were given blue wristbands and allowed to bring alcohol into the party.

"If you brought beer, it was checked in and brought to the bar, and you were given back your beer, up to six beers or wine coolers," Ditsch said.

ZP had three brothers on duty at all times during the party charged with making sure that no one without a wristband was drinking, Ditsch said.

"We're very strict about taking alcohol from people who didn't have a wristband," Ditsch said. Underage partyers were aware that they would be kicked out if they were caught drinking.

At the height of the party, there were approximately 600 guests, Ditsch said. Advertisements for the party estimated that there would be 2,000 guests.

Zeta Psi's status yet unchanged

According to Duane Dreger '99, Interfraternity Council president, the IFC is doing "absolutely nothing at the moment."

The IFC is waiting for the Dean's office to determine whether or not the student procured the alcohol on ZP's premises. "The key question is whether she consumed alcohol on the premises," Dreger said.

It is necessary to defer to the Dean's office "because it involves a student from another college. Deans are needed to call deans at Wellesley," Dreger said.

Ditsch and ZP vice president Joshua Merok '99 met with Associate Dean of Residence Life and Campus Life Programs Neal H. Dorow, who serves as adviser to fraternities, sororities and independent living groups, to discuss the situation. Ditsch said that he is currently unsure what disciplinary repercussions ZP will face.

"It was my impression that [nothing will happen] until the Dean's office finds out more" about the incident, Ditsch said.

Second alcohol violation by ZP

Last October, MIT banned all alcohol at ZP after four underage members of the fraternity were caught by the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission when allegedly trying to purchase a keg of beer.

The ABCC followed a Blanchard's Liquor truck which stopped at ZP to deliver one keg of beer and to pick up seven empty kegs. Francis R. Godwin '01, who was 19 at the time, showed fake identification to receive the keg.

If ZP goes before the IFCJudicial Committee review board, "members of the review board will probably take [the previous incident] into account," Dreger said.

All future social events have been cancelled pending investigation of the event, Ditsch said.