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RBA Fails To Recruit Freshmen

By Jennifer Krishnan

NEWS EDITOR

Having fallen short of their summer recruitment goals for Residence-Based Advising, Next House and German House will continue to recruit freshmen for their programs during rush.

Victoria K. Anderson ’02, a Resident Associate Adviser for Next House, said that only 11 freshmen are currently enrolled in Next House’s RBA program. Anderson said they had hoped to recruit 50-60 freshmen.

German House received two applications for the seven spaces in its RBA program, said German House Rush Chair Kristine L. Goldrick ’02.

“It’s not what we expected,” said Goldrick, “But at least we’re going into rush with two really good candidates.”

Both this year and last, McCormick Hall was able to fill its program before Orientation began.

Potential explanations

“One problem we had was that we started doing the program really late, so there was not much chance for us to recruit.” Anderson said.

Anderson also said that the nature and the timing of the application process may have deterred some potential applicants. Students interested in RBA were asked to apply online by July 16. The application included a few short answer questions.

“I talked to one or two freshmen who, for one reason or another, just didn’t fill out the application,” she said.

Next House will continue to try to fill its RBA program this weekend, Anderson said. Any freshman who signs up before noon on Monday will be guaranteed a room in Next House and a space in the RBA program, and will not enter the housing lottery.

The remaining places in Next House will be distributed in the lottery, as was originally planned.

German House will rush freshmen as usual, Goldrick said. Students who decide to join will be encouraged to stay in their assigned seminars, but they will be invited to participate in all RBA activities as well.

Students Offer Views

“The RBA came with McCormick, and I wanted to live in McCormick,” said Michelle A. Tiu ’05, who joined McCormick’s RBA program.

Tiu thought RBA was a good program and believes that it will provide a great support for her.

If McCormick had not been tied to RBA, she would have opted for regular advising, Tiu said, because “there’s more variety in the seminars.”

Both Eric C. Makhni ’05 and Brett C. Boshco ’05 said they did not apply for RBA because they intend to participate in fraternity rush.

History of RBA

Last year was the first year of the RBA pilot. Only residents of McCormick participated, and RBA was the only way to be placed in the dorm.

This year, the program was extended to German House and half the spaces for freshmen in Next House.

“It’s not clear yet what’s going to happen with the cultural houses” when rush changes next year, Goldrick said. “We decided to try [RBA] in hopes that we’d find an arrangement that works for both the administration and us.”