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Tiger Inn president and three officers resign following unauthorized party

All but two undergraduate officers of Tiger Inn resigned from their positions Monday morning following an incident early Sunday.

President Ryan Cash ’15, house manager Dror Liebenthal ’15, treasurer Will Siroky ’15 and safety czar Victoria Majchrzak ’15 offered their resignations to the club’s graduate board of governors.

Only social chair Brendan Byrne ’15 and vice president Oliver Bennett ’15 did not resign.

The incident was officially called a “serious security breach,” according to an email sent to members by the club’s Board of Governors president Robert “Hap” Cooper ’82 on Monday morning that was obtained by The Daily Princetonian.

Cooper wrote in a statement to the ‘Prince’ that the incident was in fact a party, although he did not provide further details about the events.

“Early Sunday morning, a private party took place in Tiger Inn without the necessary security precautions in place,” Cooper wrote. “Our officers neither planned, hosted nor participated in the function, but they allowed it to take place, putting the community at risk.”

However, two members with knowledge of the events confirmed that the incident was a party but explained that it was a party hosted by the 21 Club, a semi-secret society that groups some of the heaviest drinkers on campus.

The 21 Club is known for its drinking contests. The membership consists of 21 juniors and 21 seniors, mostly coming from four eating clubs: Ivy Club, Cap & Gown Club, Cottage Club and TI. During initiations, members reportedly have to drink 21 beers in 42 minutes, and the goal is to be the last one to throw up.

Cooper himself lists on his LinkedIn profile that he was president of the 21 Club during his time at the University. He confirmed that he participated in 21 Club initiations in 1981 but neither confirmed nor denied that this weekend’s incident was related to the 21 Club.

The two members were granted anonymity because they were not allowed to speak to the press.

The party allegedly took place between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Sunday morning, the sources said.

“That would have been the end of it except that the Grad Board watched the video of TI that night and saw what happened,” one of the sources said referring to footage taken by security cameras at the club.

The 21 Club members were allegedly “throwing the place apart” and “throwing up everywhere.”

As a result of the party, the graduate board allegedly gave an ultimatum to the officers: they would either have to resign from their positions or the club would be neither open nor be on tap for the rest of the year.

No students were transported to McCosh Health Center or the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro due to alcohol intoxication that day by the Department of Public Safety, according to University Spokesperson Martin Mbugua.

In addition, no incidents were reported to the Princeton Police Department from TI that night.

This is not the first time scandal has surrounded TI, a club known for its reputation for partying, heavy drinking and often called Princeton’s “animal house,” a reference to the 1978 movie.

In 2006 the club went dry for two months after reports of sexual assault and alcohol abuse surfaced following pickups weekend.

TI will have an election to replace the officers on March 31. The elections will be run by former president Chris Hamm ’14.

The six TI officers either declined to comment or did not respond to requests for comment. Majchrzak is Projects Editor for The Daily Princetonian.

The club will not be open on Thursday night.

Correction: Due to a reporting error, an earlier version of this article did not properly identify Oliver Bennett and Brendan Byrne’s titles. Bennett is the Tiger Inn vice president and Byrne is the social chair. The ‘Prince’ regrets the error.

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