New Sectioning Reforms Encourage More Sleep
The College has moved to abolish one of the last vestiges of rugged individualism. Sectioning this year for limited enrollment courses will be determined regardless of time or order of application. In the past, the first students on, line were admitted to courses, and going to the College's Saturday morning sectioning meetings meant rising at 6 a.m. to get a good place in line.
Sargent Kennedy '28, registrar of the College, indicated last night that it had acted "precisely" to end this primitive ritual. Last year over 600 students "camped out" in the rain for hours to enroll in Natural Sciences 6, an evolution course that had been expected to "attract all the least energetic minds in the University." Kennedy refused to attribute the new rules directly to this incident, but noted it was "a startling example of what could happen," under the old system.
Now undergraduates who desire to take a limited-enrollment course will file an application on Friday or Saturday, and will be notified on Monday whether or not they have been accepted. The new regulations emphasize that "acceptance will be decided without regard to order or time of application.
Thirteen courses-all except one a Gen. Ed course-are involved in the new ruling. The University has described the precise procedure to be followed for each course in a 14-page yellow pamphlet that will be distributed to all students. For most of the limited enrollment courses, students will have to apply Friday or Saturday, and lists of those accepted will be posted Monday.
Some courses, however, including Natural Sciences 5, Humanities 5, and Humanities 6, will not accept applications for admittance until their first meeting next week.
The limited enrollment courses will all follow their own sectioning procedures once people have been admitted to them. Most will assign people to sections tentatively when they are admitted to the course. Some, however, will first admit students and then section.
The Saturday morning sectioning meeting will not completely disappear, however, as unlimited enrollment courses will continue to section then.