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Everyone Placed after 2nd Lottery

By Sarah Y. Keightley
Editor in Chief

Results from the second round of the housing lottery were sent out yesterday evening via electronic mail to those students who did not receive assignments in Tuesday's first round. All students have now been assigned housing, and a third round will not have to be held as it did last year, according to Andrew M. Eisenmann '75, assistant dean for residence and campus activities.

After the first lottery, about 760 students were placed, and another 44 were pushed to the next lottery. Of these 44, 11 accepted bids from independent living groups.

The 33 remaining students were assigned to dormitories, Eisenmann said. Not all students received their top choice, but the distribution was similar to the first round of the lottery, he said.

More spaces were created when about 20 freshmen who had received assignments decided to accept bids from independent living groups, six upperclassmen went through rush and pledged fraternities, and other upperclassmen decided to move off-campus, Eisenmann said.

Fewer overcrowded this year

The level of crowding is currently at about 140 people beyond capacity, which is lower than the predicted 150, Eisenmann said. This means that the quads in Baker House will not be converted into quints, and the lounges in MacGregor House will not be converted into doubles as in the past, he said.

Last year at this time, the level of crowding was at 195 people beyond capacity, Eisenmann said.

Eisenmann did say that RCA has received some complaints from students unhappy with their assignments, and there may be more complaints than last year. The lottery "went a little bit lower in choices" than in previous years, Eisenmann said. The lowest choice any student received was their seventh ranked pick, he said.

"Instead of maximizing first choices," the lottery works to "try to optimize happiness and minimize low choices," Eisenmann explained.

Though some students may be quite unhappy right now, Eisenmann said that by the end of the first term, the majority of the freshmen formally requesting dormitory switches tend to be people who were assigned to their second or third choice, not to their sixth or seventh choice.

Over the summer, some of the dormitories, such as Senior House, underwent renovations. However, Eisenmann is not sure if these changes affected students' dormitory preferences.

The RCA office plans to solicit student feedback on the new computerized lottery to improve it for next year, Eisenmann said.