HASS-D Lottery Is UnfairIf a student happened to have failed or needed to retake any of those classes that they took in the prior term (especially if it happens unexpectedly, as can very easily happen here at MIT under intense competition among students vying for high grades), they would have had to rearrange their academic plans and possibly be forced to decide upon a new class almost immediately before going home, while rushing to pack for their trip back home. If they live in California, they might not even know their grades until it was already past the first lottery date. Too late! Is this what you consider a fair, even, and justifiable selection process? I don't think so.
I am glad I got into the class I chose. However, the new system is still extremely unfair; probably more unfair than the process that has been used in the past, as inconsistent and rigid as it may have been.
My suggestion: Can't the Registrar perform the lottery on the day before Registration Day? It would be much easier for all the students, I would suspect. And it would be extremely advisable for to send several warnings to the students. Perhaps it may even be advisable to require a response, even if a student is not taking a HASS-D, so that it is known that the student was aware of this HASS-D selection process.
Daiji Takamori '94