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DKE Fraternity Split Up Into Small Groups

By Gireeja Ranade

STAFF REPORTER

All members of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity have secured housing for the spring term, said J. Brandon Hohm, president of DKE.

Director of Housing Karen A. Nilsson said that many of the students have located housing off campus and in other fraternities or independent living groups. MIT has accommodated all the remaining fraternity members in on-campus residence halls, she said.

Eleven DKE students will be moving into dormitories this term, she said. Of these, two will be moving into Burton-Conner, three into East Campus, three into Next House, and three into Senior House.

Hohm said that about ten members had found their own apartments or houses off campus, and that none were living in other fraternities or independent living groups.

Three members to live in house

Three people will inhabit the fraternity house during the suspension period. This will include two fraternity officers and the resident advisor, said David N. Rogers, assistant dean and director for fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups. He said three members of the fraternity must live in the house according to the Cambridge License Commission’s ruling because that is the minimum number required to keep the building open. No more than three members may be in the house at any time.

According to the Interfraternity Council sanction, which was mirrored by the CLC, the fraternity will not be allowed to hold any events in the house, said Daniel Trujillo, associate dean for community development and substance abuse.

Housing for fall 2004 uncertain

“DKE has been offered housing only through spring term,” said Assistant Director of Housing Denise A. Vallay. “We are always crowded in the fall term and we are not sure what is going to happen in the fall.”

DKE has been suspended from its house from Dec. 22 until the end of Rush in fall 2004, Trujillo said.

Rush will end on either Sept. 12 or Sept. 19, said IFC President Daniel H. Daneshvar. This leaves the members possibly without housing for up to two weeks of the fall term.

Members asked to explore options

After meeting with the FSILG office and DKE members, brothers were asked to look into off-campus housing and other FSILGs as housing options, Nilsson said.

Vallay said, “We told them that we would be able to accommodate them in the spring if they could not find other housing, but also encouraged them to explore their other options.”

Students seeking on-campus housing were assigned depending upon when the students would be returning to MIT, Vallay said.

Assignments were made by hand after the housing transfer lottery, Nilsson said.

Dormitory students unconcerned

“As far as I am concerned, it’s only two more guys on the hall, and we will deal with it,” said Christopher M. Vogt ’06, hall chair for Fifth East at East Campus.

“We have complete confidence that they [DKE members] will soon be assimilated into the culture,” said Julian K.Wheatley, EC housemaster.

However, housemasters on the whole were resistant to placing people in dormitories when they had not chosen to live there. “The resolution was to break them up into smaller groups so that any one dorm would not have to take all of them,” Wheatley said.

FSILG office working with DKE

The FSILG office has started working with DKE on certain issues, such as a comprehensive evaluation of chapter life, relations with the IFC and MIT community, and enhancing academics and culture, Trujillo said.

The IFC plans to conduct leadership training sessions with DKE officers to help them maintain the strength of their brotherhood, said Daneshvar.