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Housing Assignments Delayed

By Prasanna Tambe

Yesterday evening, freshmen found out the results of the housing lottery and made the move to their permanent dormitories. Most were pleased with their dormitory assignments, but a few were disappointed.

The lottery was conducted in a similar manner to lotteries of past years, explained Andrew M. Eisenmann '75, assistant dean for residence and campus activities. On the first pass, students are placed in their first choice dormitories. Some are then moved to under-subscribed dormitories, which are also usually within the student's top three choices. In addition, the lottery takes into consideration the male to female ratio in each dormitory.

Because of hardware problems, the housing results were handed out over an hour late yesterday. "We were then forced to use our backup system," which involved using hand-written preference cards, Eisenmann said.

Freshmen began lining up as early as 3:00 p.m. to receive their dormitory assignments. The line wound around and filled the entire second floor of the Student Center.

Although a few students, like James C. Li '97, felt the delay was "understandable, because there's a lot of stuff to process," most students were upset.

"I think they could have handled it a lot better," said Jeff Tsay '97.

"It's kind of frustrating," added Mark Roh '97.

Some students, including sophomore transfer student Rana Biswas '96, were trying to decide between pledging a fraternity and entering the dormitory system, and were anxious to learn the results of the lottery. Biswas said that "after a day's worth of programming," the delay was disappointing.

Most freshmen, the first of whom came out of the La Sala de Puerto Rico at 6:20 p.m., seemed pleased with their new dormitories. Many, like Heather Harrison '97, were ecstatic with the draw. "I'm thrilled," said Harrison about Random Hall, her first choice, "it's the perfect dorm for me."

A handful of freshmen were unhappy with the lottery. Renee Ned '97 was placed in East Campus, her fifth choice. "I don't think it's very fair that so many people should get their first choice, and I get my fifth choice, instead of compromising and everyone getting their second or third choices," Ned said.

Most people started moving as soon as they learned of their assignments. Many of them only had a few hours to relocate to their new rooms.

Approximately seventy-five students did not receive room assignments. For these students, a second lottery will be held. They were told to come back today for the results.

Derek Truesdale '97 was not assigned to a dormitory. "I find it quite annoying," he said. "It seems like there should be a better system."