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Many Unable to Accept Rooms Owing to Rat House Contracts


With more than 165 upperclassmen still on her waiting list, Miss Evelan J. Spidell has assigned rooms in Houses to 100 men since last June, she revealed yesterday.

Twelve students refused assignments during the summer, six because they had already signed leases for rooms in rat houses, Miss Spidell said.

"Every spring we have a number of students who are very disappointed because they are not taken into one of the Houses on the first drawing. Many of them are men whom we would very much like to take care of. Yet, despite our advice to wait before final rooming arrangements, they sign leases which they can't break, so they have to reject later House assignments," Miss Spidell complained.

To give regular students first chance on rooms, the House masters decided last spring not to admit transfer students to Houses on the first drawing, according to Delmar Leighton '19, Dean of Freshmen. Since then, however, many transfer men have received House assignments.

Explaining a special rule announced last Spring, Miss Spidell said that students who break a contract with the College for a House room without a "legitimate" reason are assessed a $50 fine. The ruling does not effect students in Houses who do not apply in February for a reassignment, she added.

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