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This Week In MIT History

A lottery was held this week in 1970 to determine the first residents of the then newly constructed MacGregor house. Residents were selected from those who lived in Burton House at the time. A previously set quota limited each class to sending 81 members to the new dorm. Other Burton residents were moved to apartments in Allston and the Hamilton House Hotel.

An unexpected benefit to the lottery: it was conducted by “two lithe and lovely undressed ladies ... wearing nothing but a smile and a vitally placed towel around their waists.”