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DKE Members Remain In House

By Marissa Vogt

ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

Two weeks after losing an appeal to reverse a decision handed down by the Interfraternity Council’s Judicial Committee, the members of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity are still living in their house at 403 Memorial Drive.

Director of Housing Karen A. Nilsson said that the Housing Office is working on finding on-campus housing for the members of DKE.

“Right now, [Assistant Dean of Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living Groups] David Rogers and his office and our office are exploring all alternatives,” said Nilsson. “We’re looking at lots of backup housing options.”

There will probably be “a combination of some folks on campus and some finding other alternatives,” either off-campus or in other fraternities, Nilsson said. The on-campus housing, Nilsson said, would be in East Campus and Senior House.

“The spaces that I have available right now are in those two buildings,” Nilsson said.

Assistant Director of Housing Denise A. Vallay said that right now they are waiting for final numbers of how many of the brothers decide to move into on-campus housing.

Vallay also said that they are working to make sure that students who are already on a waiting list to receive on-campus housing are treated fairly.

Rogers was out of the office and could not be reached for comment.

Tom Kilpatrick ’05, media liason for DKE, declined to comment on the housing situation and on the appeal.

DKE allowed to initiate pledges

IFC Judicial Committee Chair David B. Gottlieb G said that DKE will be allowed to live in its house while housing plans are being finalized.

“They won’t move out of their house until they have another place to live,” said Gottlieb.

“Everybody’s trying to assess what the options are right now,” said MIT DKE Alumni President Douglas E. Vincent ’89. “These first and foremost are MIT students. We’re trying to be very conscious about all the different elements and how this ruling pans out.”

All nine of DKE’s pledges, Gottlieb said, will be permitted to be initiated, since they pledged before the decision letter was written. However, DKE will not be allowed to participate in fraternity rush events next year.

DKE was suspended on Oct. 15 following an unregistered party. The suspension will force DKE out of its house, and prohibits social events and participation in next year’s Rush.