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Students Scramble After Housing Lottery

March 29, 2010

The junior and senior lottery ended with seven spaces still available this week, according to Todd Troke, Assistant Director of Housing Services for Occupancy Management and Marketing, despite student struggles to find on-campus accommodations for their groups.

Despite continued housing availability, students were vocal about their dissatisfaction with choices.

“I’m not sure where the accountability lies but whether that is in housing or the University as a whole, I feel that they could have better informed us to the extent of which we would be left out in the cold,” said junior Britnie Morris, who couldn’t get a room with her group of friends.

Many students had to split up prearranged roommate groups in order to find space. Juniors and seniors were told well in advance that they would not be guaranteed housing because of the impending tear down of Conaty and Spellman Halls on the south side of campus.

“In light of the large variance of room types available and the nature of the lottery process, it is diffi cult to anticipate the frequency at which certain room types will be chosen,” said Kyle Wilkie, Coordinator of the Assignments and Marketing. “Historically, juniors and seniors select apartment style spaces in the Millenniums before other room types.”

Next year, sophomores will be housed in Opus Hall as well as Centennial Village. Previously, only juniors and seniors lived in Opus Hall which opened last Jan.

“We had a group set to be in a fi ve person suite, in the Mills preferably,” said junior Elena Forbes, who is currently an RA in Ryan Hall. “Our lowest number was 53 and we didn’t get on-campus housing.”

At the end of the lottery, 555 juniors and seniors had selected an on-campus space, said Troke.

“We were scrambling to find a last person the day of housing,” said sophomore Adam Bracy, who will be living in the Curley Court trailers next year. “While we were informed well in advance, forcing juniors and seniors to house off campus makes academics significantly more difficult to pursue.”

The space for upperclassman was about the same as previous years, according to Troke. The number of students who did not pick a room was less than in previous lotteries, he said.

“At no time during the lottery process were juniors and seniors denied the opportunity to select an on-campus assignment and at the conclusion of the junior/senior lottery, spaces remained that students did not select,” Wilkie said.

For students who didn’t receive campus housing, Troke suggested that they submit a Non-guaranteed Wait List Form.

Sophomores Juliette Lacombe and Kelly Ferrante decided to live off campus once they knew they weren’t guaranteed rooms.

“We’re excited. I don’t even know if we would have stayed on anyway,” said Ferrante. “After two years, living on campus gets kind of boring.”

Housing Services has resources available for students who can’t get rooms on-campus. “We have a Coordinator of Off- Campus Housing who is available to meet with individuals or small groups to provide consultation to learn more about living off-campus,” said Kelli Bodrato, Assistant Director of Housing Services for Auxiliary Services.

Although students are overall not pleased with the results of the lottery, Housing Services still has space available for interested students.

“I understand no one using the term‘crisis’ but ultimately, I’m sure I speak for many of us when I say this, that’s what we should deem it,” said Morris.

Originally published in the March 26 issue of The Tower.

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