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Dorms Will Sustain 120 Crowded Frosh

By Brett Altschul

Once all of the 1,081 members of the Class of 2000 have chosen housing, the dormitories will be oversubscribed by about 120 spaces, according to estimates from the Office of Residence and Campus Activities.

The new dormitory residents will receive their assignments from the housing lottery on Athena later this week. Freshmen will be able to enter their preferences in the lottery program starting today at 4 p.m.

The crowding this year was not so severe as last year, when the dormitories were overcrowded by more than 140 spots. This year's decrease resulted from the smaller size of the the freshman class. Last year's class numbered 1,130 students, 49 more than the Class of 2000.

However, crowding is still significant because the capacity of Senior House will be 15 to 20 spaces smaller this year.

Staff Associate for Residence and Campus Activities Phillip M. Bernard also indicated that fraternities have predicted a slightly more successful rush this year than in recent years.

While the numbers could fluctuate somewhat, they are likely to remain fairly close to the optimistic estimate.

No room conversions needed

Since this level of crowding is below that of last year, no new rooms will need to be created, Bernard said. In the past, some MacGregor House lounges have been converted to doubles and Baker House quadruples have been crowded with five people.

Bernard said that most of the crowding would occur at Burton-Conner House, East Campus, and Next House. "Those are the places that have received most of the crowding in the past," he said.

"In the past, Next House has received a significant number of crowds," said Sarah B. Tegen '97, the housing chair at Next House.

Tegen characterized the situation as unfortunate but not overly onerous for the dormitory. "All our freshmen live in crowded rooms... but I don't foresee any adverse effects," she said.

East Campus Vice President Stephanie A. Jenrette '97, echoed Tegen's sentiments. "It seems like we're crowded every year," she said. "We have a certain number of rooms that are assigned to be doubles."

"We've always got about 30 to 35 people crowded here," Jenrette said. "It would be big news if we had to fit in more than that."

Bernard also said that no crowding was planned for Senior House, despite its loss of beds during renovations over the summer. "RCA has no plans for there to be crowding in Senior House this year," he said.