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Yoo, DKE, Snowberg Mark Summer 1999

While many members of the community were away for the summer and for Orientation Week, a number of important events occurred which could have significant implications this term and beyond. These stories are reprinted here, in abbreviated form.

MIT revokes diploma; grad sues

A recent MIT graduate is planning to sue the Institute for revoking his diploma for five years, according to his attorney.

The decision is allegedly the product of a Committee on Discipline hearing for Charles Yoo ’98, who was the pledge trainer at Phi Gamma Delta when Scott S. Krueger ’01 died from alcohol poisoning. Krueger’s death has resulted in the review of several MIT policies by the administration.

The COD has refused to comment on the specific case.

Timothy Burke, who is Yoo’s attorney, stated that the decision was made after a disciplinary hearing attended by both Yoo and Burke. However, Yoo has said that he had not been formally notified of the decision.

Delta Kappa Epsilon sanctioned

Delta Kappa Epsilon accepted a number of sanctions including a year long ban on alcohol after an Interphase student was found intoxicated at the fraternity’s house in July.

The student, a member of the class of 2003 enrolled in the summer program for minority students, was found intoxicated in the DKE house on the morning of July 25 by Campus Police, after drinking at a party held the previous night at the fraternity.

Police and administrative officials declined to release the student’s name or any information regarding disciplinary action taken against him.

Simmons student left at med center

A Simmons College student was transported by ambulance from the MIT Medical Center in “intoxicated and unresponsive” condition shortly after 4 a.m. on August 27, according to Campus Police dispatcher logs.

The “student was dropped off in a private car” at the Medical Center, Dean for Undergraduate Education Rosalind H. Williams confirmed. She was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital for treatment and was later released, Williams said.

The individuals who brought the student to the Medical Center left the scene before police arrived, she said. They have not been identified.

Williams said that the Campus Police are investigating the incident and “will be trying to complete [their investigation] shortly.”

Details of the incident remained guarded. Chief of Campus Police Anne P. Glavin refused to release additional information regarding the case, citing the confidentiality of medical records.

Student runs for Cambridge office

MIT student Erik C. Snowberg ’99 announced his candidacy for Cambridge City Council during the summer.

Snowberg, who is a Tech staffer, would be the first current student elected to the council. He vowed to give students a voice in government.

“This campaign is about getting students re-engaged in the political process,” Snowberg said in an address on August 2.

Campaign manager Eric J. Plosky ’99, who is a Tech editor, said that the campaign will focus on “transforming Cambridge into a place where students and residents are neighbors.”

Snowberg’s primary campaign goal, however, is to increase student input on issues before local government. Currently, students make up 25 percent of Cambridge’s population but have no representation on the nine member city council, leading to a division between students and the community at large.

“Click and Clack” address grads

Pomp and circumstance made way for Click and Clack at MIT’s 133rd Commencement on June 4.

Tom and Ray Magliozzi, known as Click and Clack the Tappet brothers to listeners of their National Public Radio show “Car Talk,” addressed the over 2,000 members of the graduating class of 1999. Tom and Ray, alumni of the class of ’58 and ’72, respectively, advised students to use their “right brain” and take time out of their lives to have fun.

The message: “Never get so involved in your work that you forget to have fun,” as Ray said. Or expressed as a mantra the two attempted to incite the graduates to recite: “unencumbered by the thought process.”

1,056 freshmen arrive on campus

The members of this year’s incoming freshman class arrived at MIT by August 25 for one of the last traditional Orientation Weeks, as the Institute implements policies created in the aftermath of the alcohol-related death of Scott S. Krueger ’01 two years ago.

In the two weeks following their arrival, freshmen were given the opportunity to learn about MIT’s plethora of residential options, student activities, athletics programs, resources, and academics. Since many upperclassmen had not yet returned, Orientation also provided the chance for freshmen to easily meet other members of their class and slowly become acclimated to the Institute’s culture.

With 1,056 members, there are slightly more students in the class of 2003 than in the preceding class.