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Frosh Move into Final Rooms

By Daniel C. Stevenson
Associate News Editor

Final results are in for this year's dormitory housing lottery, and the crowding levels are both lower than expected for this year and lower than they were last year, according to Andrew M. Eisenmann '70, associate dean for residence and campus activities.

The housing system is approximately 140 students over capacity, compared with 195 students at this time last year, Eisenmann said. Historically, the crowding numbers are "trending in the right direction," Eisenmann said, but the numbers are still larger than the RCA would prefer.

The new Alpha Chi Omega house and the annex to McCormick Hall took care of about 50 extra students, Eisenmann said. Additionally, "Rush has been going very well," and many students are pledging living groups, he said.

Fifty-five new students were assigned to Senior House, compared to 47 last year. Senior House, which had in the past been a low housing choice for many students, was renovated over the summer, Eisenmann said. "My hope and my expectation is that it has been made more attractive to any student," he said.

No crowded lounges, quints

"I don't think we've had an uncrowded room for quite a long time," said New House Room Chair Lisa-Maria Brittan '95. At least half of the doubles in New House will be crowded into triples, Brittan said. New House has three fewer new students this year than last, she said.

At Baker House, however, "we're much less crowded," said Nicole Y. Fang '96, Baker room chair. Some Baker triples were crowded into quadruples, but no triples were turned into quints, she said.

Similarly, no MacGregor House lounges will be converted into doubles, Eisenmann said.

"Last year it was really chaotic," Fang said. "People were homeless for a while." The new computerized housing lottery helped a great deal with dormitory housing, she said.

"I think that the new lottery system was well-received," Eisenmann said. It was easier for the RCA and "it worked out so it was easier for the students too," he said.

While it was "reasonably infrequent" for students to receive their seventh choice dormitory in the lottery, there were at least "a few more this year" who got one of their lower choices, Eisenmann said. "We've been getting some requests" for room transfers, Eisenmann said, but he has no firm idea of how many yet.

"We try to get as much information as we can" from the students who want to transfer to other dormitories, Eisenmann said. Sometimes, the RCA office can arrange an exchange of rooms between students, he said.

For other cases, the office will discuss each situation and "get some sense of priority" before deciding on which transfers to grant, Eisenmann said. All requests for transfers should be resolved one way or another by the end of next week, he said.