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MacGregor, Next popular

By Andrea Lamberti

Even a successful independent living group rush will not prevent MIT dormitories from being at their most crowded level in five years this fall. Most of the dormitories contacted in an informal Tech survey over the past two days reported above-average crowding.

With one fewer fraternity available to house students and the freshman class numbering about 30 to 40 people over the expected size, the Office of the Dean for Student Affairs correctly anticipated a tightly-packed dormitory system this year.

Most of the dormitories that had rooms to crowd have filled them, according to dormitory rooming coordinators and house presidents, but the official number of crowds this year is not yet available.

The survey provided rough figures on the number of freshmen and new students assigned to each dormitory. Some of the numbers are inflated because freshmen currently in dorms are still pledging fraternities and ILGs.

Both the ODSA and the Interfraternity Council expect the numbers to change by today and through next week. As of last night, 375 freshmen had pledged ILGs, according to Ariel Warszawski '90, IFC Judicial Committee chair.

Although Neal H. Dorow, advisor to fraternities and ILGs, had originally put the total ILG pledge goal at 400, he said yesterday that on the average, ILGs pledge about 360-370 freshmen each year.

Both Dorow and Warszawski said that the ILG rush has been successful so far. "I think by and large more groups are happier this year. . . . [They] are doing pretty good," Dorow said.

Warszawski also said that "overall, things are looking pretty good" for the IFC this year, but also said that the numbers will continue to change.

According to Institute rules, ILGs must honor their bids through today, Dorow said. Many groups will continue to honor them after today, he added.

Crowds, crowds,

and more crowds

A few dormitories usually operate with "permanent crowds" -- rooms which MIT classifies as crowded but dormitory residents consider comfortable and fill each year. Baker House, for example, usually crowds about 15 rooms as freshman quadruples. However this year they crowded 10 more people, resulting in 10 quintuple rooms, said Gerald R. Cain '91, Baker House rooming coordinator.

In another extreme case, MacGregor House provided 40 extra spaces by converting suite lounges into 20 doubles. MacGregor has not crowded rooms since 1985, according to Allan S. MacKinnon Jr. '91, MacGregor House room assignment chair.

East Campus reported about 15 crowds, and McCormick reported 26 crowds -- 11 more than usual. Bexley Hall reported six crowds this year, and New House reported crowds, but specific numbers were not available. Senior House reported seven crowds, and Spanish House, two.

Random Hall, German House, French House and Russian House will not have any crowded rooms this year.

Statistics were not available from Burton-Conner and Chocolate City.

MacGregor on top for

fourth consecutive year

MacGregor House and Next House attracted the highest number of first-choice preferences from freshmen this year. Both had 154 freshmen rank them first in their lists of preferences. This is the fourth consecutive year that MacGregor has garnered the highest number of first-choice votes.

One hundred and six men and 48 women chose MacGregor as their first-choice dormitory, according to MacKinnon. The dormitory could only accommodate 76 men and 38 women, though.

Last year, 108 men and 35 women ranked MacGregor first, but the dormitory could only accommodate 59 of the men and 26 of the women.

Next House improved slightly over last year. One hundred and two men and 52 women chose it as their top pick, compared with 141 total first choices last year. Fifty-six men and 48 women were assigned there; last year 63 men and 46 women were assigned to live there.

Baker House, although it placed third in the number of freshmen that ranked it as their first choice, did not attract as many as last year. Fifty-six men and 46 women ranked Baker first, compared with 70 men and 50 women last year. This year, 48 of the men and 46 of the women were assigned to live in Baker.

East Campus, New House and

McCormick improve showing

Continuing its upward trend from last year, 89 people ranked East Campus as their first choice for housing. Sixty-seven of the 78 men assigned to live there ranked it first, and all of the 22 women assigned to East Campus ranked it first.

Last year, 58 men and 22 women ranked it as their first choice, and the housing office assigned 62 men and 34 women to live there.

McCormick attracted more first-choice preferences than last year in the housing lottery, but was not able to house a higher percentage of them. It attracted a first-choice ranking from 88 women, and was able to house 69 of them. Last year, 79 women rated it as their first choice, and 62 of them were assigned to live there.

New House improved its showing over last year, when 18 of the 24 men assigned to live there ranked it first, and 14 of the 21 women assigned there rated it first. This year, 20 men chose New House as their first choice, and 25 were assigned there; 23 women ranked it first, and 25 were assigned to live there.

The number of freshmen who ranked Senior House first decreased slightly. Last year, about 30 freshmen ranked it first, compared with 18 men and seven women this year. Last year, 45 men and 14 women were assigned to live there; this year only 38 men and 10 women were assigned to Senior House.

Eight men and three women chose Random Hall as their first choice residence. However, 14 men and four women were assigned to live there.

The language houses traditionally achieve a strong showing in the housing lottery, and that trend did not change this year. Two men and six women ranked French House as their first choice, and all of them, with the exception of one woman, were assigned to live there. Last year, eight women and five men ranked it first, but only six men and four women could be accommodated there.

Six people were assigned to live in German House this year, and statistics on the number of people who ranked it first were not available. Last year, seven people ranked it as their top choice, and the house had space for six of them.

Russian House increased its showing from last year, attracting three male first choices and four female first choices. Last year four men and one woman could be housed there; this year four men and four women were assigned there.

Spanish House attracted about the same numbers this year: Four men and three women ranked it first, and all of them could be accommodated. Last year, three men and four women ranked it first, but only two of the men and three of the women were assigned to reside there.

Sorority rush successful

About 250 women attended sorority open houses this year, according to Danielle J. Ford '91, Panhellenic rush chair. Sorority rush was "excellent. The people who came through were amazing this year," she said.

Each of the three sororities extended 28 bids this year, a quota set in advance, according to Alpha Chi Omega President Sharra L. Davidson '91.

As of Wednesday night, an average of about 20 women had accepted bids at each sorority, Ford said. That number may change, though, because women with bids have until Sunday to accept them, Davidson explained.

Since sororities are not currently housed, their rush does not affect the crowding situation.