About a month ago, an MIT student fell four stories from the roof of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity house. You see, PSK had a plexiglass dome skylight on their “illegal rooftop deck,” and during a Wednesday night soiree, one student decided to jump up and down on top of it. He landed on his back and suffered some head injuries, but was conscious after the fall.
That student was stupid (as far as MIT students go, anyway). You don’t attempt to break glass by jumping on it, and then get upset when it breaks, but I suppose we all do stupid things when we’re drunk. Some of us text the guy we just met 32 times in a row. Some of us make out with vaginas on public sidewalks. Some of us order “one of every slice” at a local pizzeria. And some of us attempt to defy the laws of gravity and narrowly avoid plummeting to our deaths. It happens.
Officials in Boston, however, don’t seem to share my “Let’s let bygones be bygones” mentality when it comes to serious injuries. In response to the student’s accident, all parties and gatherings at off-campus fraternity houses, sorority houses, and independent living groups have been banned. Organized events involving more people than are permitted to live in each dwelling, by law, are hereby forbidden, indefinitely.
This ban is to last at least until each building has been issued a new inspection certificate by the city, but officials are “seriously considering” making this a permanent change.
While maintaining safe party facilities is important, I can’t imagine the detriment this will cause for the party scene. School officials are trying to provide on-campus facilities for social gatherings, but do you remember how fun the last school sponsored social event like BINGO in the student lounge was? Of course you don’t! You didn’t go to it. Nobody did!
Have a heart, Boston. Fix the safety issues, quickly, and let the students of MIT drink, make out, and socialize in peace. Those nerds suffered through four years of not going to parties in high school. Let’s let them rage.
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