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No Glitches Yet In Housing Lottery

The dormitory lottery is running smoothly so far this year.

According to Manager of Undergraduate Residential Services Philip M. Bernard, the lottery has received 265 entries so far, of which seventeen are rooming groups.

Last year’s lottery had to be rerun after the web.mit.edu server went down. Nothing like that has happened so far this year, Bernard said.

“I haven’t heard one thing” about problems with this year’s lottery yet, Bernard said.

Because of low pledging numbers last year, a second lottery had to be run for freshmen who did not receive housing assignments in the first lottery. While not expected, Bernard said that may occur again this year. “There is a distinct possibility” that there may be a second lottery, he said.

As of yesterday afternoon, many freshmen were still considering their options, wondering whether to accept FSILG bids extended today or to live in dormitories.

For Eric Rosenblatt ’04, the decision comes down to choosing between being able to enter the dormitory lottery jointly with his friends or pledging an attractive FSILG.

“I want to be with friends,” said Rosenblatt. “It’s hard to weigh what’s important: being with friends or in a comfortable living situation.”

-- Laura McGrath Moulton