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Many dorms crowd frosh

By Christopher Lee

The admission of a large freshman class and the elimination of one independent living group this year have produced more overcrowding than expected, raising questions about future admissions patterns.

Most dormitories have upgraded large singles into doubles, doubles into triples, triples into quads, quads into quints, and even lounges have been converted into rooms.

One symptom of overcrowding at MIT is Baker House quints, which were created by adding extra beds to the quads at the end of each of the halls. Almost all of the large rooms at East Campus have been made into doubles, and Burton, Senior House and MacGregor have put freshmen into suite lounges.

Of 682 freshmen in dormitories, only 128 (18.8 percent) are presently in singles. More freshmen than usual will have to wait until their sophomore year for a single, and some many not receive one until even later.

Jack Keefe, staff associate for residence and campus activities, expected that the number of overcrowded rooms will drop a little as the year progresses. As upperclassmen graduate and students drop out or do not return from vacations, the overcrowded rooms will be "uncrowded" by moving some of the freshmen to these vacant rooms, Keefe said.

Director of Admissions Michael C. Behnke said that overcrowding might possibly affect next year's admissions, although he noted that this year's freshman class is not all that large. He said that this year's class had 1070 students, only 20 more than the annual goal of 1050.

Admissions decisions of this nature are usually made by the president in the latter part of the first term, or in the early part of the second.