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CLC Issues Warning to Simmons for Party

By Kelley Rivoire

NEWS EDITOR

The Cambridge License Commission issued a warning last Friday to Simmons Hall for an unregistered party held last October that involved underage drinking.

The warning requires Simmons to work with the Campus Alcohol Advisory Board and to lead an initiative to create a social host training program for Simmons and other dormitories, said Simmons President David A. Nedzel ’07. The ruling also mandates that underage Simmons residents not consume alcohol in the building and that Simmons report to the CLC in six months on their progress, Nedzel said.

Daniel Trujillo, associate dean for community development and substance abuse programs, said that he believes the decision by the CLC was “one of the best outcomes you can have” and reflected the efforts of Simmons to “make sure the entire community was aware of how to prevent this in the future... That’s what the CLC wants,” he said.

The CLC could have revoked Simmons’ housing license.

Simmons to lead training program

Social host training is currently only available for members of fraternities, Trujillo said. Nedzel said that the new social host training program will be developed by considering which aspects of the fraternity training are applicable to dormitories and what additional components might be useful.

By developing a training program for dormitories similar to that of fraternities, Simmons can “provide something that’s valuable,” Trujillo said.

The training program will be implemented no later than next fall, Nedzel said.

Some component of the program Simmons creates might be used during an orientation for freshmen who move into the dormitory this fall, he said.

As part of the charge to become involved with the CAAB, Simmons Chairman Andrew T. Lukmann ’07 said he would appoint a resident to attend CAAB meetings.

The CAAB, a coalition between MIT and the City of Cambridge, deals with alcohol issues both on and off campus, Trujillo said. One focus of the CAAB is to educate students about the process for event registration and to encourage students to register parties, he said.

Regarding the component of the CLC decision forbidding underage students from consuming alcohol, Lukmann said that he does not know whether Simmons will institute any changes to its current policies.

“I don’t think anyone has the interest of becoming a police force for the dorm,” Lukmann said. He suggested that graduate resident tutors might take a stronger role in addressing the issue “so that people can keep a better eye out.”

Nedzel said that the Simmons government is still in the early planning stages regarding the stipulations made by the CLC, and he expects Simmons will work with the Dormitory Council in developing the programs.

The details of the CLC warning will be discussed by Simmons officers at a leadership seminar this weekend, Lukmann said.

Simmons making progress

Simmons residents have become more educated about party registration and underage drinking since the incident in October. “I think the CLC has made residents much more aware of the seriousness of underage drinking,” Nedzel said.

The CLC decision reflects the understanding that Simmons has taken positive steps following the party, including holding mandatory community forums, Nedzel said.

“It’s important for Cambridge to remind the Simmons community of the standards of not only MIT, but the city around us,” Lukmann said.