44 Percent Would Get Top House Choice

The "enhanced choice" housing lottery plan endorsed by the Undergraduate Council last Sunday would enable approximately 44 percent of rising sophomores to receive their first choice in the housing lottery.

An article in yesterday's Crimson incorrectly described the enhanced choice lottery and reported that only 25 percent of rising sophomores would receive their top choice under the plan.

The enhanced choice plan would add an additional round to the non-ordered choice lottery and allow students to designate one house as their first choice. About 25 percent of students would receive their first choice in the initial round.

A second lottery round would function just as the current non-ordered choicesystem does and give an additional 25 percent ofthe remaining students their first choice. Thosestudents not yet housed would be given one oftheir three remaining choices or randomized intoan unfilled house.

The lottery system is currently under review byDean of the College L. Fred Jewett '57.

Although Jewett will make the final decision onthe housing lottery, he said he will weigh therecommendations made by the council, the housemasters and the Committee on House Life.


Although approximately two-thirds of thecouncil endorsed the plan last week, some membersexpressed concern that the new plan wouldreestablish house stereotypes.

"This is a move backwards which could have amajor effect on making houses a lot less diverse,"said David L. Duncan '93, a member of the counciland the committee.

Council Vice Chair Steven N. Kalkanis '93 saidyesterday he supported the plan.

"I think this is a great compromise betweengiving students more choice and not creating asystem where the stereotypes are so rigid,"Kalkanis said. "Hopefully we can maintaindiversity, while giving students more choice."

Jennifer W. Grove '94, who cosponsored thecouncil resolution with David L. Hanselman '94,said yesterday the old house stereotypes have beeneliminated by non-ordered choice and would not berecreated by the proposed plan.

"This system does not create the same kind ofhomogeneity" because the houses will not be filledentirely with students who wanted it as theirfirst choice, Grove said.

Jewett has said that any changes will not beimplemented until the lottery for the Class of1997