CLC Permits Tours At Kappa Sig, ATOBy Mike Hall and Jennifer Young
In a partial reprieve, the Cambridge License Commission allowed Kappa Sigma and Alpha Tau Omega to conduct house tours during rush. The CLC had originally suspended both houses throughout rush for alcohol and party violations.
After submitting a plan of compliance to the CLC, Kappa Sig received a substantial reward. CLC Executive Officer Richard V. Scali said that Kappa Sig can conduct house tours on Saturday from 12-7 p.m. and on Monday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
In a letter to Kappa Sig resident adviser Jeffrey Z. Snyder G, Scali added that the brothers could enter the house on Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 1-3 p.m. for non-social activities like house maintenance.
ATO received a lesser reprieve. The house will be open for tours on Saturday from 1-4 p.m. and on Sunday from 1-7 p.m., with parent tours allowed on Sept. 2 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sept. 3 from 1-7 p.m, according to Scali.
The remainder of rush for both houses will be conducted at area hotels. ATO will use suites at the Royal Sonesta while Kappa Sig will operate out of the University Park Hotel. The Interfraternity Council will allow the houses to “overnight” freshmen at the hotels.
Houses plan proposal for CLC
ATO was originally suspended from today through Sept. 3 for holding a raucous millennium party, in which four non-MIT students were arrested. Kappa Sig’s suspension, from last Sunday through Sept. 18, came after a party-goer was hospitalized for intoxication at a party last fall.
Sarah E. Gallop, co-director of the Office of Government and Community Relations, praised the CLC for working with both houses to find a solution for rush.
“There were some real hardships” for the houses during rush planning, Gallop said, including the ban on showing the houses to parents of new members. At the behest of Associate Dean of Students Kirk D. Kolenbrander, the houses met with administrators to plan a proposal to the CLC.
“Kirk got us all together two months ago, and we walked through all of the obstacles to carrying out the normal business during rush,” Gallop said. “In every case, we asked how we could get around [an obstacle].” After working on the proposal, the houses went to the CLC.
The IFC helped the houses along the way with a letter of support, according to IFC President Damien A. Brosnan ’01. In the letter, the IFC said that “the intentions behind the punishment could still be understood by the houses with these exemptions in place,” Brosnan said, adding that the IFC was in full support of the houses’ plans for rush.
Adviser helps Kappa Sig’s case
Scali said that Kappa Sig’s redesigned resident adviser role was a major factor in the CLC’s decision to give the brothers access during the suspension. “Jeff Snyder has been very pro-active in terms of how he’s been responding,” Scali said. “The commission has been very impressed with how he has handled himself.”
In addition to his housemaster duties, Snyder also acts as the house’s resident manager, serving as the liaison between the house and Cambridge. In most houses, a student serves as resident manager.
“The guys like this arrangement,” Snyder said. “It gives me more freedom to help the guys in coordinating with all these government agencies ... [and] takes the heat off of the student officers.”
Snyder added that the arrangement allows the house to be better prepared when going before a review board like the CLC. “It happens too often where student agencies get before the city and they’re not prepared,” Snyder said. “This way, I can find out [what is needed] straight from the city.”
While commending ATO for taking steps in the right direction, Scali said that the house “wasn’t as pro-active” as Kappa Sig. “I think the commissioners were more impressed with Kappa Sigma,” Scali added.
ATO president Ken Jin ’01 and vice president Jeff J. Billing ’01 said that their house’s lack of an expanded RA role did not impact the CLC’s decision on their reprieve.
“They asked for more [time] than we did,” Billing said. “We got everything we asked for.” ATO does plan to meet, however, with its resident adviser over the next few days to explore an expansion of his role.
Jin said that the motive behind his house’s appeal to the CLC was getting the best treatment for potential new members. “It didn’t seem fair to ask [the freshmen] to join a house that they had no knowledge of,” Jin said.
“We wanted no stepping on feet, just to obey all the rules that the CLC set forth,” Jin said.