Third Housing Lottery NeededBy Eric Richard
Associate News Editor
More than half of the approximately 100 students who were deferred to the second lottery for permanent housing assignments were told yesterday that they would have to wait at least until 4 p.m. today for the results of a third round in order to get permanent housing.
In addition to the delay in placing students, those who received their assignments in the second round lottery yesterday were instructed to wait until this afternoon to move out of their temporary housing in order to ease the transition, according to Assistant Dean for Residence and Campus Activities Andrew M. Eisenmann '75.
After placing as many freshmen as possible, under the constraint of a 165-room crowding limit, there were still 50 to 60 students who remain unassigned after the second round lottery, according to Arthur C. Smith, dean for undergraduate education and student affairs.
Eisenmann said that the number of students without permanent assignments reflected the status of independent living group pledges as of 2:45 p.m. yesterday. He added that more pledges had been received since.
Smith explained that people are being asked to wait to move into their permanent housing, because more pledges are expected by tomorrow afternoon .
For the time being, new students still living in temporary housing are expected to attend the in-house rush of the dormitory that they put down as their top choice, even though they are not guaranteed to be placed in that dormitory. "This certainly adds complications [to in-house rush]," Smith said, "but I don't see a way around it."
In-house rush may be delayed
Smith also mentioned the possibility of talking with each of the dormitory rush chairs and asking them to delay in-house selections until the present situation could be resolved.
However, Smith explained that this is only a "very temporary inconvenience."
"We are going to find housing for all freshmen. ... It is not down to the situation that for every pledge we receive, we can assign another freshman," Smith said. ILG rush "is about on schedule, and if it continues as such, we will come out right about where we were looking to be."
However, Smith also noted that some openings may come as late as Registration Day, when upperclassmen who have not checked into their rooms lose their housing assignments.
"Once we have settled down this weekend, if there still aren't spaces we will look at other alternatives," Smith said. Possibilities for housing the extra freshmen include using some of the lounges in MacGregor House or rooms in Ashdown House, a graduate dormitory.
Smith attributed the current dilemma to a system which is "trying to operate at saturation."
Smith said efforts to reduce the crowding situation also created problems. "If we were willing to go back to last year's crowding level, we'd gain 60 spaces," said Smith. Last year 228 students lived in crowded rooms.
Freshmen frustrated by system
After hearing the results of the second round lottery, several freshmen who did not receive permanent assignments expressed their frustration with the housing preference system.
"I really hate this system," said Surya Ganguli '97, one of the freshmen told to come back today for a third round of lotteries. "The pressure created by rush and waiting for your dorm is hectic and nerve-racking."
Kelly Hunt '97, a freshman still waiting to see if she got into MacGregor said, "It's just a big hassle."
Ryan Cleary '97, said that he has received a bid from a fraternity, but is waiting to find out to which dorm he is assigned before deciding whether to accept the bid or not.
However, not all students were dissatisfied with the system. Jenny Wang '97, said that she did not mind the wait because she got her first choice of MacGregor. She added that she would rather have gotten her assignment in the first round, saying, "There has been a lot of anxiety in the past 24 hours."
Todd Dampier '94, room assignment chair for Senior House, said that he was "mystified" by the request to have freshmen wait until tomorrow to move. "We actually had places to put them up. ... But we are still encouraging them to come to our in-house rush."