Guaranteed housing? Maybe next year.

The Office of Residential Life announced, with much self-laudatory fanfare, that the College would, for the first time, guarantee housing for all students during the ’06-’07 school year. (Sophmores, of course, used to have to fend for themselves.) It seems that claim was a bit premature:

— Forwarded Message from Special Housing —

>Date: 10 May 2006 13:57:59 EDT
>From: Special Housing
>Subject: TONIGHT – Room Draw!
>To: (Recipient list suppressed)

Greetings!

Room Draw concludes TONIGHT in Alumni Hall and as a student whose priority number will be called tonight, we want to make sure you know the following pieces of information before everything begins this evening. This blitz has a lot of information, but please read it all so you are INFORMED!

** If all of our 178 vacancies are taken tonight, we expect to have a waitlist of about 120 09’s. We are guaranteeing that everyone who submits a waitlist application by June 1, 2006 will be housed (and not in the Tree Houses!). There will be housing cancellations and d-plan changes which will open up spots currently occupied for the fall, so we anticipate having ample space to house all on-time waitlist applicants! While having a waitlist this year is unexpected, our staff has much experience in managing the process.

Thank you!
The Housing Office Staff
Rachael, Gretchen, Gwen

Who would have thunk it? Clearly if anything the College is suffering from an abundance of housing. Otherwise it wouldn’t have closed Hitchcock, the Lodge, the Treehouses, and assorted River dorms…