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MacGregor proves most popular dorm in lottery

By Niraj S. Desai

MacGregor House was the most popular dormitory in the freshman housing lottery for the third year in a row, according to an informal survey of Residence/Orientation coordinators and deskworkers at individual dormitories.

The survey, conducted by The Tech on Wednesday night and yesterday, provided rough figures for the number of new students assigned to each dormitory. The Office of the Dean for Student Affairs had not released official results for the dormitory assignment lottery as of late yesterday.

The first round of the assignment lottery was conducted on Tuesday afternoon, and the second round was on Wednesday. Freshmen and transfer students may continue to accept bids from independent living groups until today, so the final numbers at each dormitory may remain somewhat uncertain until next week.

According to the unofficial survey, dormitories on the west side of campus topped the list of houses in terms of their popularity among freshmen. This was also the case last year when MacGregor, 500 Memorial Drive, Baker House were the most popular houses.

One hundred and eight men and 35 women chose MacGregor House as their first-choice dormitory, according to the survey. MacGregor was able to accommodate 59 of the men and 26 of the women.

During R/O week last year, 153 students tried for 79 places at MacGregor.

Baker House attracted first-choice rankings from 70 men and 50 women -- compared to 118 such rankings last year. In the first round of the dormitory lottery, 49 men and 46 women received places in Baker. Second-round lottery results could not be obtained yesterday.

McCormick Hall did marginally better than last year, while New House did marginally worse. Seventy-nine women sought rooms in McCormick; 62 succeeded. Last year only 55 of the 63 women placed in McCormick had chosen it as their first choice. Thirty-two of New House's 45 new students listed it as their top pick. Last year, 53 of 59 did so.

Bexley Hall did about as well as last year in the housing lottery. Eleven students chose Bexley first and three transferred into Bexley; nineteen new residents were placed there. Nineteen of the 24 students assigned to Bexley last year chose it first.

East Campus improves

performance from 1988

East Campus had a considerably stronger rush than last year, according to the survey. Eighty students listed the dormitory as their first choice in the lottery, while 96 were ultimately placed there.

This relatively strong performance marked a return to the pattern of 1985-87 when the dormitory attracted 93, 93, and 75 first-choice residents in successive years. This pattern had been broken by the 1988 rush when East Campus attracted only 52 first-choice rankings among the 102 students assigned to it.

Senior House has traditionally had difficulty attracting freshmen and 1989 was no exception. It included only 25 first-choice freshmen among its 59 new residents (about 5 of these were transfers).

The language houses continued their tradition of strong showings among freshmen, though they were slightly less oversubscribed than last year. Thirteen students picked French House as their first choice, while ten received places in the house. Last year, 16 freshmen chose French house as their top pick and only nine could be accommodated.

Similarly, only two students who listed Spanish House as first choice were not among the five that were placed there. In 1988, Spanish House was picked first by 15 freshmen, while there was room for only eight.

For the first time ever, freshmen were able to designate Chocolate City, an all-black, all-male section of New House I, on their housing preference cards. In the past, students first had to select New House, and then choose Chocolate City during the dormitory's internal rush. Nine men sought housing in Chocolate City and all were accommodated.