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Adams House Lottery Results Questioned by Several Residents

By Mark L. Goldstein

Adams House officials said yesterday they will not readminister the House rooming lottery despite several complaints that the selection process was conducted unfairly.

An Adams House resident who asked not to be identified said yesterday that John A. Krasznekewicz '79, assistant senior tutor of Adams House in charge of housing, gave his student friends special treatment, and administered the lottery in such a way that they could choose the rooms they desired.

"He just wanted to help out friends he thinks will help him," another House resident said yesterday.

Calling the complaints "absurd" and "totally illogical." Krasznekewicz said yesterday he had tried to accomodate everyone and to case the tension that normally surrounds the selection process by joking and playing music.

"I ran the lottery 100-per-cent above-board." Krasznekewicz said, adding that "people are always looking for something to complain about."

Though the House officials responsible for the lottery--the senior tutor, the housing tutor, and the House secretary--are all in their first year at their jobs, they conducted the lottery in the same fashion as last year's.

Rooming groups were divided by the number of roommates, and then assigned a priority number based on the number of semesters remaining before graduation, and whether or not the students had lived in a crowded situation in the preceding years.

Rooming groups with the same priority drew lots to set their order.

Krasznekewicz called on his friends to pick the first lots and then "looked at the card he wanted them to take," a House resident said yesterday, adding that she benefited from such help.

Denying the student's claim, Krasznekewicz said that eye contact during the lottery would have been both futile and useless.

Michael Schneck, an Adams House resident and one of the students who helped run the lottery, said yesterday that only one case had been brought before a special grievance committee made up of a tutor and a senior on the House committee, and another senior.

John Hildebidle, senior tutor of Adams House, said yesterday that he had beard no complaints other than the usual regrets concerning particular choices.

"Some people are disgruntled in every lottery." Ginny Fletcher, assistant to the masters of Adams House, said yesterday, adding that her office had received no complaints.

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