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Room draw leaves 60 students without future address

On the last day of upperclass room draw Wednesday, about 60 students were left homeless.

For these students – who did not even have the opportunity to draw – their address will remain unknown until August 15 when wait-list results are announced.


All 60 were put on the wait list and are guaranteed housing, according to Joseph Plaksa, associate director of housing. The students will inhabit rooms left empty by students who decide to withdraw or go abroad.

The room-improvement option remains for seniors and juniors who drew on the third day but were not satisfied with the available rooms. The University will offer these students rooms that open up between room draw and mid-June.

Priority for room improvement will first be given to seniors, in the order of draw times, and then to juniors. The remaining rooms will be available for wait-listed students.

Students can fill out a form with their requests for room improvement, but they must judge carefully. If they ask for a 200-square-ft. single and a 150-square-ft. single becomes available, they will automatically lose the opportunity to get the smaller room.

"We don't promise anything, but if we can help we will," said Adam Rockman, coordinator of undergraduate housing.

Wait list

After mid-June, any rooms that open up will go to those on the wait list. Any students still left on the room-improvement list will have to be satisfied with their original choice.


The wait list consists of almost all juniors, said Rockman. They must fill out a form with their top four choices but will not necessarily get their first choice, Rockman said.

Jonathan Right '00 drew in a group of three and chose to be put on the wait list. Even though his group's draw time was at 11:51 a.m. on the third day, he and his friends deemed the only remaining triple to be uninhabitable so they thought they would have better luck on the wait list. He admitted that "it's a pain to not find out where you're living until August 15th."

One problem with the wait list is that while students are promised housing, they could be split up from their group and placed with students they do not know. Ben Sirota '00 is also on the wait list and said he is fearful that his group will be divided.

"I wanted to live with the people I drew with," he said. "I just think it's comical that the University doesn't have enough housing for 60 students."

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Although the image of trailers on Poe Field is still a vivid picture in the minds of upperclassmen, Plaksa said that they are "expecting to fit everyone into dorms." The class of '99 is extremely large, and it was its arrival that left trailers as the only option for housing.

Since then, the size of their class has been incorporated into housing decisions, Plaksa said. Dorm construction is also not a factor because the 163 beds lost in Patton are being replaced by 163 beds in Scully, Rockman said.

However, over the years, many singles have become doubles and many dorms have had an eclectic mix of freshmen, sophomores and upperclassmen. Walker Hall this year houses upperclass and Wilson students and will also room Butler students next year, said Butler College Administrator Linda Mahler.