Boston Police report detectives ordered the immediate evacuation of several dozen non-residents at Phi Delta Theta, 97 Bay State Rd. on Sunday night after they discovered a place filled with both water from the ad-hoc waterfall and way too many people - including at least one hapless freshman with a Bud Light.
According to police, detectives from the licensing unit were on patrol around 11:50 p.m. on the first big weekend back for local college students when they noticed a line of people waiting to get into the frat house:
Upon approaching the residence, detectives observed a fraternity member restricting entry at the door and maintaining a mechanical count of persons inside which he reported to be 116 persons. After gaining entry, detectives immediately observed an 18-year-old male in possession of a can of Bud Lite. As the detectives continued to the first floor, detectives observed the occupancy to be well in excess of the posted City of Boston ISD Certificate that allows for 39 resident occupants in the dormitory. Detectives also observed the first floor was being operated as a nightclub with low light, strobe lights, and entertainment provided by a DJ without approval of the City of Boston License Division. The occupants had also installed a waterfall on an interior upper floor that allowed water to fall through the central stairwell, soaking the marble staircase and adding to the hazardous conditions presented by the excessive occupancy.
The chapter president, who probably doesn't look anything like this, will now have to go before the Boston Licensing Board to explain why the chapter shouldn't have its occupancy permit revoked for a citation that lists minor in possession of alcohol inside a licensed dormitory, overcrowding, having a DJ without approval and hazardous conditions inside a building.
In 2013, Boston banned large parties at MIT dorms on this side of the river after one rager in which a freshman managed to fall through a skylight.
Police Commissioner William Evans said he's not trying to be a party pooper, but Jesus, kids, you need to show some common sense:
Our goal is not to put a damper on students’ fun, but when we see conditions that put these students’ safety at risk - underage drinking, waterfalls down marble staircases, fire hazards and overcrowding - we are obligated to step in and shut it down.