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Lotteries for HASS-D , PE Classes Begin on Athena

By Brett Altschul
Staff REporter

Students may now enter separate lotteries to select their physical education and Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Distribution classes.

This year, the lotteries have stopped sending e-mail with the results, said Andy Oakland, a programmer for Information Systems. To get their results, students should run the lottery program again, he said.

The changes were implemented to make all the lotteries more uniform and to make things easier for freshmen who have not figured out how to use their e-mail yet, Oakland said. Other than the changes in the display method, the lottery programs are the same as last year, he said.

The HASS-D lottery is operating completely online for the sixth semester, said Bette K. Davis, coordinator of the HASS office. The lottery was established to avoid the hassle of in-class lotteries during the first week of classes, Davis said.

In the time the online lottery has functioned, about 90 to 93 percent of students have gotten their first choice class, Davis said. Of the 78 HASS-D classes offered, only a few are oversubscribed, she said.

Davis said that the classes that are traditionally oversubscribed will probably remain so this year. Those classes are Writing and Reading the Essay (21W735), Harmony and Counterpoint I (21M301), and Introduction to Psychology (9.00), she said.

Davis said that 21W735 would likely be even more oversubscribed this year than in years past because there will only be one section of the course this year, while there have been three in the past.

Davis said that she expected 9.00 to remain heavily oversubscribed, even though the popular lecturer Jeremy M. Wolfe PhD '81 is no longer teaching the course. Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences Steven Pinker, who is now teaching the course, is an internationally known scholar and a very dynamic person, Davis said.

"We're still allocating almost 350 spots in that course," she said. "That makes it the largest HASS-D course offered."

Davis emphasized that students who do not receive their first choice in the lottery are automatically entitled to a spot in the course the next time it is offered. Students wishing to exercise this option should not enter the lottery and should contact the HASS office, she said.

The HASS-D lottery may be activated be typing "add hass-d" and then "xenroll &" from an Athena terminal. The same command will display students' assignments after the lottery is complete.

The HASS-D lottery runs until noon of next Tuesday, which is Registration Day. The results should be ready by 6:00 p.m. of that day, and will definitely be out by midnight, Oakland said.

PE classes likely to be filled

The PE lottery, which was activated last week, runs until noon next Wednesday. This is the second year the lottery has been run online.

Although he expressed mixed feelings when the lottery moved online last year, Director of Physical Education Gordon V. Kelly was positive about it this year. "There was more to be gained than lost" by going online, he said. "It was a step ahead, not back."

Kelly said that the first PE lottery of the school year is always the biggest. "We've got all the freshmen who dive right in," he said. He predicted that about 90 percent of the 89 courses offered would be filled to capacity.

The results of the lottery will probably be available by around 6:00 p.m. next Wednesday, the day the lottery closes, Oakland said. The results are guaranteed to be ready by midnight, he said.

Students may run the PE lottery by typing "add pelott" and then "xphedu &" from an Athena terminal.