Lampoon Noise Irks Adams Residents

After awakening early Tuesday morning to the familiar sounds of obscenities screamed at them from across the street, some Adams House residents living adjacent to the Lampoon castle decided to fight back.

Alexis M. Grove '01 said that despite numerous calls to the police, the disturbances have continued almost daily for weeks. So Grove wrote to the "Adams Schmooze" e-mail list, hoping to share with others his frustration with the semi-secret Sorrento Square social organization that used to occasionally publish a so-called humor magazine.

"Tuesday morning I was woken up at 7--that pissed me off because I had a review session that day," Grove said. "They thought that they could do that and get away with it."


Grove told the list he planned to notify Dean of the College Harry R. Lewis '68 and Chief of the Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) Francis D. "Bud" Riley of the Lampoon's behavior and encouraged others to join him.

"It is shameful of them to act this way, but it will be equally shameful of us if we are too timid to put an end to their attacks," Grove wrote in his e-mail message. "We must put our foot down. Because relying on isolated HUPD patrols has not succeeded we must try another tactic."

His complaints resonated with many Adams residents, who have put up with the Lampoon's noise for years.

The residents of F, G, H and E entryways, which face the Lampoon castle, have been particularly bothered in recent months.

Miranda E. Worthen '01 said she is regularly awakened five nights a week by Lampoon noise pollution.

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