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DKE House License Revoked Until Rush

By Beckett W. Sterner and Marissa Vogt


The Cambridge License Commission decided yesterday to revoke the housing license of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity until the end of Rush in fall 2004.

DKE appeared before the CLC on Tuesday to answer questions regarding an unregistered party in August where minors were allegedly served alcohol. DKE has also had its housing privileges suspended by the Interfraternity Council Judcomm until pledge day in fall 2004.

The motion made by the CLC was “to mirror the IFC recommendation” via their sanction of suspending DKE, said Chairman Benjamin C. Barnes.

Revoking the license means that no more than three people can be in the house at a time and that there can be no food service such as a chef, he said. It is “up to MIT to monitor that the conditions they imposed” are carried out, he said.

DKE will be suspended from its house from Dec. 22 until the end of Rush next fall, the exact date of which has yet to be determined, said Daniel Trujillo, associate dean for community development and substance abuse.

“I’m happy that [they] didn’t think that MIT’s decision wasn’t doing enough and needed to add a much more drastic punishment on top of what MIT had decided,” said DKE Vice President Spencer M. Cross ’05.

Three members can stay in house

Three brothers will live in the building to maintain it during the suspension, Trujillo said.

The CLC said that DKE could apply for a permit to have more than three people in the house at one time for events, but MIT Co-Director of Community Relations Sarah E. Gallop said such gatherings may be forbidden under the current IFC sanctions as social events.

DKE President Joseph B. Hohm G said that he expects that the president, residential advisor, and house manager will stay in the house for the year.

Hohm said that prior to yesterday’s decision by the CLC to revoke DKE’s housing license, DKE had been considering taking on boarders.

Trujillo said that MIT would conduct unannounced spot checks to make sure only three brothers were present.

The CLC also required that the president of DKE attend the monthly Campus Alcohol Advisory Board meetings and “come up with a creative response through CAAB,” Barnes said. He called the decision by the IFC to suspend DKE a “significant wind change on MIT campus.”

DKE met with Tyrell and Director of Housing Denise A. Vallay on Wednesday evening to further discuss housing alternatives. Vallay said that a final decision has not yet been made, but they are currently exploring housing options on and off campus, as well as in other fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups. “We’ll be looking at on-campus housing after we run the housing change lottery,” Vallay said.