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Over Half of Next House Occupied by Class of ’07

By Shuai Chen

STAFF REPORTER

The Class of 2007 is unevenly distributed in undergraduate housing, but the effect of the imbalance is not clear.

Next House shows the greatest imbalance with freshmen representing more than half of the dormitory’s residents for two years in a row. Next has a total of 176 freshmen, 84 more residents than all of Random Hall.

Normally unsustainable, a fifty percent freshmen population in Next is possible because about 100 freshmen left the dormitory last year, leaving only 87 sophomores.

Some dormitories, like McCormick and Senior House have approximately 25 percent freshmen in the dormitory. Baker, Burton-Conner, MacGregor, New House, Next House, and Simmons each have more than thirty percent freshmen.

This means that Bexley, Random Hall and Senior House each contain only about 3 percent of the freshmen class, while Next House has 17 percent.

Some dorms becoming unbalanced

There were fairly large changes in the percentages of freshmen in East Campus, MacGregor, McCormick and New House.

East Campus is 29.1 percent freshmen this year as opposed to 20.9 last year, a change of 30 students. New House also saw an increase from 93 to 117 freshmen, or from about 32 percent to 40 percent freshmen.

MacGregor showed a decrease from 140 to 109 freshmen, an almost 10 percentage point drop on the composition last year. McCormick’s freshmen population also decreased from 76 to 54, or 32 to 23 percent.

Effects of frosh imbalance unclear

“I don’t know if it’s affecting the culture,” said MacGregor Housemaster Munther A. Dahleh. “It’s hard to see at the beginning.”

Julie B. Norman, associate dean of academic services, said that it is too early to see how the imbalance is affecting the freshmen.

William B. Watson, Baker housemaster, said that freshmen can “potentially have a great impact on the house” since they number more than one third of the dormitory, but “we won’t really know until next year.”

Next House Housemaster Liba Mikic said the large number of freshmen is “fine. I think they integrated nicely.”

Students also seemed to have a mixed opinion, with some worrying about maintaining dormitory culture and others unsure.

“I don’t think [the imbalance] is affecting [dormitory life] that much. Some of them are really lucky and getting sophomore doubles,” said Alison M. Taylor ’06 from Simmons.

Doris Lin ’07 said, “It’s kind of nice that you get to know everyone. I basically know all the freshmen” on the east side of McCormick.

Because of the increased number of freshmen in MacGregor, “it’s a lot different now because I don’t know a lot of people” said Matthew T. Socks ’04. “The atmosphere and personality of the entries starts all over.”

However, Adrienne M. Irmer ’04 said that New House “hasn’t changed much” since the influx of freshmen.