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Tang Hall Will Return to Full Graduate Occupancy

By Frank Dabek

The 53 undergraduates currently housed in Tang Hall will not be allowed to keep their spots in the graduate residence next fall.

Phillip M. Bernard, program director for residential life, said that the decision has already been made “not to accommodate the undergraduates in Tang.” When they were initially given spaces in Tang, undergraduates were not guaranteed more than two semesters in the hall.

The displaced undergraduates will be guaranteed spaces in the campus residence system however, Bernard said.

Moving the undergraduates back into the system will likely increase crowding. Bernard said that while he doesn’t “anticipate any major problems,” the dormitory system will be “very crowded [in the] beginning of next year.”

The exact level of crowding will depend on the number of freshmen who pledge fraternities, sororities and independent living groups as it does each year.

Brian J. Schnieder G, president of the Graduate Student Council, said that the administration had taken a “rightful stance” in not allowing the undergraduates to remain in Tang.

Since graduate students are only allowed to live in the dorm for one year, “why should undergraduates be given even more priority,” Schnieder asked.

He stressed the importance of Tang to incoming graduate students, especially international students, who are presented with the difficult task of finding housing in the crowded Cambridge housing market in a short amount of time.