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Frosh Receive Lottery Results

RLSLP Places 80 Percent of Entrants in One of Top Two Choices

By Jeffrey Greenbaum


In yesterday’s freshman housing lottery, over 80 percent of the 679 lottery entrants received one of their top two choices.

“We tried to maximize the amount of people who got their first or second choice,” said Denise Vallay, manager of Undergraduate Residential Services. In order to accomplish this, the Office of Residential Life and Student Life Programs (RLSLP) ran the lottery three times, and selected the results in which the greatest number of freshmen received one of their first two choices.

Vallay believes that there was a good amount of variance in the preferences for the lottery, which helped freshmen to receive one of their top two choices.

Freshmen tour dorms

Prior to entering the dormitory lottery, many freshmen toured the different dormitories, both with the help of tour guides and independently. “Touring had a huge impact on my decision. I tried to talk to as many people as I could,” Rachel L. Finck ’05 said.

Vallay feels that “people really spent some time looking at their different options.” She noted the entries came in slowly at first, but really began to pick up Tuesday morning.

Temporary housing useful

Freshmen generally appreciated their temporary housing experience because it allowed them to check out the dormitories first-hand. Although they would have liked to have met more of the dormitory’s residents, freshmen were able to developed a feel for their temporary dormitory’s location and facilities.

“I got a completely different different impression of Senior House by living there,” said Mandeep Singh ’05. He felt that Senior House’s descriptions did not accurately portray the dormitory.

Some freshmen who attended Campus Preview Weekend used the experiences to help select their temporary housing.

“I have been here for CPW and liked EC the most so I picked it for my temporary housing,” Timur Tokmoulinne ’05 said. Although he visited other dormitories during dormitory rush, he selected East Campus as his top pick.

Martijn Stevenson ’05 said that “it is hard to tell what a place is like until you lived there.” Stevenson lived at Baker during CPW and Macgregor for temporary housing, ultimately selecting Baker as his first choice.

However, some freshmen were disappointed with their temporary housing experiences, using them instead as a learning experience.

“I realized that I wanted to live in a single because I am a light sleeper,” Kamimoto said. Kamimoto had lived with a roommate for her temporary housing and consequently selected MacGregor in a bid for a single.

Likewise, Erika Lin ’05 learned that she would like to live in a larger room. “I stayed in Random Hall and my room was really small. I also learned that I like suites better than halls like Random has,” said Lin.

Many pleased with results

Of the 679 students who entered the lottery, 399 received their first choice, followed by 146 second-choice recipients. Vallay said that she did not want to see any freshman receive a dormitory assignment that was not one of their first five preferences.

MacGregor will house the largest number of freshmen this year, with 99 selecting it as their first choice. Kamimoto, as well as many other freshmen, selected MacGregor because they are likely to live in a singles as freshmen.

Eighty-five of the 86 new Baker residents selected the dorm as their first choice. Rush Chair Ben Maron ’04 felt that Baker rush was successful because different groups would show up to the various Baker rush events.

“This helped us show what Baker is about to a larger amount of freshmen [than last year],” he said.

Next House will be housing 88 freshmen in addition to the freshmen who have been accepted for the Residence Based Advising program.

New House was also pleased with its dormitory rush, especially the language houses. “It always seems to be alive,” Enhua said.

German House Rush Chair Teresa S. Baker ’02 said that they accepted two students into RBA and five from the dorm lottery. “German House will conduct RBA very similar to that of Random Hall,” Baker said.

Nonetheless, one of the two freshmen accepted to German House during the summer, Jessica A. Lee ’05, participated in Independent Living Group rush. She applied to German House during the summer because she knew that she did not want to live in a dorm and was excited by living in a German environment.

In addition, French House Rush Chairs said that they had no problem finding freshmen who wanted to live in their six available spaces. Mary E. Ross ’03 and Miriam L. Sorell ’04 were excited to see that more freshmen wanted to be social members of La Maison Francais than in the past. Eight students expressed an interest in becoming social members, and LMF has already accepted some members who have committed to Random or an FSILG as social members.

East Campus will be housing 90 students, with 41 selecting it as their first choice. Singh selected East Campus as his fourth choice, and was hoping to live on West Campus. “

Several freshmen who did not place Senior House as their first choice will be living there. Of the 30 freshmen who will be living there, seven ranked it first, followed by 11 who ranked it second.

Bexley will house 17 freshmen, 16 of whom placed it as their first choice.

In addition, 93 freshmen have been assigned to Burton-Conner and 18 to Random Hall.

Second dormitory lottery

One group of freshmen did not receive their dormitory results because they will be placed into a second lottery. The second lottery is conducted as, year after year, a group of students decline their dormitory results in order to live in an FSILG.

This year, 99 freshmen have been placed into the second dormitory lottery. According to Vallay, some freshmen entered the lottery late, and others have been randomly placed into this lottery.

Historically these students receive one of their first three choices, and they should receive their assignments by 4 o’clock tommorrow.