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CLC Proposes New Rules Limiting Kegs

By Frank Dabek

MIT’s alcohol reform over the past year may have killed the tradition of keg parties but the Cambridge Licensing Council is considering hammering the last nail into the coffin.

The council will hold a meeting on April 1 to consider requiring dormitories in Cambridge to obtain a license before bringing a keg onto their premises. There are currently no restrictions on kegs in dormitories in Cambridge but the Interfraternity Council already prohibits fraternities from possessing kegs or tap systems in its risk management policy.

According to Richard Scali, executive officer of the CLC, the proposed change would require any licensed dormitory residence which wishes to serve more than two gallons of alcohol in any container to obtain a license from the commission’s office. Such a license would cost ten dollars. All MIT fraternities in Cambridge would fall under this proposed requirement.

Scali said that the goal of this effort is to “better control underage drinking” in those residences where the commission has authority. He said that establishments such as the Harvard finals clubs would not fall under this restriction since they do not hold residence licenses.

Both Harvard and MIT residences would be affected by this change and Scali said that the commission is seeking information on how the change would affect the two schools.

Krueger death prompts change

The commission has been considering such regulations since the death of Scott S. Krueger ’01 over the past year. Several incidents involving underage drinking and fires in the past two months led the council to act now, Scali said. One of these events involved a party at Baker House where several students were cited by MIT for underage drinking.

Most of MIT’s fraternities are located in Boston, however, where regulations of kegs already exist. Daniel F. Pokaski, a member of the Boston Licensing Board, said that the regulations “we have in place are adequate.”

These regulations require stores to keep a record of keg sales. Pokaski said, however, that if the commission felt that these measures were not sufficient they would consider additional requirements such as forcing liquor stores to notify the police department of keg sales to dormitory residences.