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Lotteries Leave Senior House Full

By Stuart Jackson

With the beginning of the new semester comes a minor wave of change of housing request forms. This year, the Office of Residence and Campus Activities and the dormitories were able to respond to all requests for housing changes.

The RCA processed 102 requests for residence changes since early December, according to Staff Associate for RCA Phillip M. Bernard. Forty-eight came from students living off-campus requesting on-campus housing, and the remaining 54 were transfers from one dormitory to another. Of the off-campus requests, 23 were from students who depledged from an independent living group.

RCA has been able to accommodate all the requests by using the 77 spots which opened in the residence halls after December, Bernard said. Additional open rooms also allowed about 30 rooms to be decrowded.

The number of housing changes was normal for this time of year, Bernard said. Traditionally, McCormick Hall and MacGregor House are the most popular dormitories for moving students, but this year no dormitory received significantly more requests than another.

"I don't think there's any specific reasons why MacGregor is not as popular this year," said MacGregor Room Assignments Chair Shilpa V. Shah '98. This year, 13 people left between terms, while in past years the number has been around 5, but "I couldn't really attribute it to any certain cause," she said.

Senior House filled to capacity

Senior House saw its fortunes rise as a result of last summer's renovations. More students moved into Senior House than out of it, Bernard said. "I believe the fact that it has physically changed has changed its culture," he added.

"House culture could take a dramatic change," said Senior House President Christopher H. Barron '97. There are "a lot of new benefits to having a new infrastructure - heating that works, plumbing that works," but it is "too early to tell what my ultimate feelings will be," Barron said.

Senior House Housing Manager Jonathan M. Hunt '97 said that Senior House was fully occupied this term, something that had not happened before the renovations. Freshman residents have adapted well to Senior House, and only one moved out during last fall, Hunt said.

Senior House has "changed for the better," but residents miss "some of the old things we could do to the house," Hunt said.

Baker House move goes well

Other dormitories' spring moves also went well, despite some complaints about the lottery system employed in some dormitories.

"I found out at 5 p.m. that I had to move by midnight," said Grace Kim '00. The Baker House lottery was held Registration Day, and some students had little time to change rooms before classes began.

Baker President Iyad Obeid '97 said that Baker holds its lottery on Registration Day because it is "the first day we're sure that everyone is back."

The relatively short moving period is not a great inconvenience, because people still knew that they had to pack their belongings, Obeid said. "You don't know where you're moving, but you know you're moving."

Obeid said he was pleased with the midyear move at Baker. Baker had about 10 transfers and is "at maximum capacity, but not over that - so the more the merrier."

McCormick Room Assignment Chair Burianek K. Theresa '99 said that McCormick posts available rooms on Registration Day and allows residents 72 hours to post their preferences. The rooms are then assigned by seniority and other factors. She said that all residents must be moved by midnight on Feb. 9. For the most part, the move at McCormick went smoothly, Burianek said.

Some dormitories managed to avoid the spring moving rush all together. Shah said that MacGregor does not use a room lottery between terms and instead allows its new residents the chance to move as rooms become available during Independent Activities Period.