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College Presidents Sign Alcohol Pact

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President Charles M. Vest signs an agreement along with 23 other Boston-area colleges to curtail underage and dangerous drinking. The signing took place Monday at Northeastern University.
By Douglas E. Heimburger
Editor in Chief

President Charles M. Vest signed an agreement with the presidents of 23 other Boston-area colleges and universities yesterday that calls on member schools to work together to limit underage drinking.

Separately, the Institute announced that Campus Police officers will soon begin policing Boston-area fraternities seven days a week from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m.

The pact, containing provisions such as limiting alcohol deliveries to undergraduate dormitories and increasing the availability of university housing for freshman, sets a common agenda for the fraternities. A "Deans' Council"will meet regularly with representatives of the 24 colleges to discuss implementation issues and to develop further efforts.

The 24 colleges worked on the agreement along with the Boston Coalition, a group established in 1991 to deal with increasing substance-abuse related violence in the city.

"We've seen too many tragedies,"Northeastern University President Richard M. Freeland, who chaired the coalition's task force on underage and problem drinking, told the Boston Herald. "We don't want to see any more."

Freeland chaired the coalition's task force on underage drinking and problem drinking.

According to the 15-page policy document, the groups began meeting over one year ago in November to begin their work. Their first meeting occurred in the wake of the death of Scott S. Krueger '01.

Other major schools signing the report include Boston College, Brandeis University, Harvard College, Northeastern University, Simmons College, Tufts University, and Wellesley College.

Boston University, which has recently criticized the supervision of MITfraternities, did not sign the agreement.

Interfraternity Council President Duane H. Dreger '99 praised the document at its signing ceremony, saying that the IFC"applauds and fully supports"the recommendations made within it.

However, Dreger said that student input would be required in the design and enforcement of subsequent policy changes. "We all remember the difference between getting advice from a friend and being told what to do by our parents," he said.

Dreger said last night that he feels that the new document will not have any immediate impact on the Institute, since MIT's policies are already stricter than those in the document in many ways.

"We are pretty much at the level that the Boston Coalition wants, and we've actually moved beyond it in most areas," Dreger says.

Dreger said that the IFC's risk management chair was invited to a meeting, but "the student part of the process did kind of fizzle out."

MIT"can be a leader"in helping other universities with their implementation since it has already dealt with many of the issues involved, Dreger said.

The other universities and colleges which signed on to the pact include:Aquinas College, Bentley College, Berklee College of Music, Bunker Hill Community College, Curry College, Emerson College, Emmanuel College, Lesley College, Massachusetts College of Art, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences, Regis College, Salem State College, Simmons University, Urban College of Boston, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Wheelock College.

MITpolice plans expansion

The MITCampus Police will soon begin patrolling Boston-based fraternities each evening as it also works to gain new police privileges in the area.

The powers are "obviously something that Isupport,"said Chief of Campus Police Anne P. Glavin.

While final details still need to be worked out, the size of the police force will expand to accommodate the expansion, she said.

"We're excited about developing a closer relationship with students, the [Boston University] police and the Boston Police," Glavin said. She has been talking to the police forces for some time to discuss the issues.

MITis also beginning the processes necessary to get additional police powers in Boston, said Kenneth D. Campbell, director of the news office.

Currently, MITpolice have arrest privileges on all MITproperty and in Middlesex County, as the officers are deputized within the area. CPs

The CPs will first work to obtain Sheriff's powers in Suffolk County, said Chancellor Lawrence S. Bacow '72.

"We hope that these efforts will help improve our ability to respond to community concerns in areas where significant numbers of MITstudents live,"Bacow said.

Following a July alcohol-related incident at Beta Theta Pi, the Boston Licensing Board ordered the Institute to investigate the possibility of attaining deputy powers in Suffolk County. Members of the board chided MITadministrators for not working to obtain powers sooner.