Officials from MIT and the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity at 487 Comm. Ave. assured the Boston Licensing Board today there'll be no repeat of the September plunge that saw a new pledge fall through a skylight and wind up on the ground with remarkably few injuries.
The pledge himself wrote out a statement, provided to the board, that acknowledged "the absurdity of my own action" in jumping up on a plexiglass dome covering the skylight so he could talk to some girls during a party.
After the student was taken away, city building inspectors cited the fraternity for having a roof deck without a license and for illegal wiring on the deck. Police also cited the frat for the illegal deck - actually located on the roof of a neighboring apartment building also owned by the frat's alumni association - and providing alcohol without a license.
The licensing board decides Thursday what action, if any, to take. The frat itself pleaded for forgiveness, saying it's already been punished by an MIT fraternity discipline board that put it on probation until June of next year, ordered no parties at all until September of this year and no parties with alcohol until February of next year.
According to his statement, the student arrived at Phi Sigma Kappa around 9 p.m. on Sept. 11 for a party to welcome him and other new members. He said he grabbed a beer from a cooler around 10, then went up to the roof around 11:25, where he promptly noticed some women he wanted to talk to.
So, of course, he jumped up on the plexiglass dome, which, in his estimate, cracked about 3 seconds later, sending him plummeting down into a frat staircase.
He continued he felt the stair railings he bounced off, but does not remember hitting the ground. However, he said he remained conscious - and remembered to wiggle his toes to check for nerve damage and felt his abdomen for internal injuries.
Frat members, including one trained as an EMT, rushed to his aid. He spent two nights in Brigham and Women's.
In his statement, he adds he does not regret joining Phi Sigma Kappa.
In addition to removing the deck and repairing the railings the student damaged in his descent, the alumni association installed a lock to prevent frat members from getting onto the roof.