Party at ATO Leads To Arrests, Citations
Guests Removed; Most Charges Dropped
ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
Alpha Tau Omega will face a review by the Interfraternity Council after a New Year’s party produced several alcohol related arrests and citations.
One MIT student was cited for underage possession of alcohol at a the party at ATO’s house and four nonstudents were arrested. The IFC’s review will determine if the fraternity committed any violations that night.
“We’re still in the middle of investigating it ... this is a serious issue. It is something we are giving our utmost attention to. We’re not going to let the investigation move too quickly and miss something,” said Patrick D. Kremer ’00, chair of the IFC judicial committee.
Four non-MIT students arrested
Early on the morning of the first, after Cambridge and Campus Police had been to the ATO house several times, ATO members called Cambridge Police to remove four partygoers who were refusing to leave, said Neal Dorow, the Assistant Dean to Residence and Campus Activities.
Allison Gunther, Christopher Roma, David Sullivan, and Kent Gunther, none of whom are current of former MIT students, were arrested outside the ATO house at 2:30 a.m. and charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing.
Charges were dropped on Monday in East Cambridge District Court.
Citations are dismissed, reduced
Originally, two students were issued citations by the Campus Police for serving alcohol to minors. However, the charge against one was dismissed and the other student’s charge was reduced to underage possession, after a review by the Dean’s Office.
“One of the students was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Associate Dean Carol Orme-Johnson.
Vice President of ATO Christopher J. Brocoum ’00 said, “Our position is that we really didn’t do anything wrong ... we’re very concerned because we feel we have been misrepresented.”
“We are upset that everything happened before we got a chance to talk to anyone ... the media reported that two brothers were arrested when that is entirely not true. Both were issued citations by the Campus Police, but they were not arrested,” Brocoum said.
According to Orme-Johnson, the cited fraternity member will face the “standard sanctions in the case of possession of alcohol by a minor.” The student will be required to have a conversation with a Dean and to complete an alcohol education program.
ATO party not a house event
There were approximately 100 people at the New Year’s Eve Party held at the ATO house on 405 Memorial Drive.
Brocoum claimed the party was not sponsored by the fraternity: the fraternity’s defense may hinge on proving that point. “The important thing is that this party was not a house event. One of our brothers from the Boston area decided to throw a party with some of his friends. Most of the brothers were not here since it was during break,” he said.
If IFC officials agree that the party was not sponsored by the house any sanctions are likely to be less serious.
“In my estimation, I don’t think it was a fraternity event,” said Kremer.
“I think there were a lot of non-MIT students there, but those four were the only ones who refused to leave,” said Dorow.
Fraternity members maintain that they did not serve any beer that night. “It was a BYOB event. We didn’t even buy any beer,” said Brocoum.
ATO has remained free of any IFC violations in the past year.