Housingmaster: Division Decisions

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Q:  The Housing website says, “If your group does not select a suite in Suite Selection, your group may opt to stay together and select rooms in General Selection with the same appointment time, or your group may opt to break apart and select rooms in General Selection with appointment times based on your individual point values and lottery number.”

I was under the impression that when you drop from Suite to General Selection, everyone has the same lottery number. Which made me confused about the above statement– wouldn’t we have the same appointment time anyway because we would automatically have the same number? How do we have “individual” point values?

A: When your group leader sets up the group registration in the portal online, he or she will have to choose whether the group will stay together or break up, should you all drop to General Selection.

If the leader chooses the stay together option, you’ll all have the same lottery number AND point value (whatever the average of everyone in the group was) when you enter General Selection.

“This only affects mixed point groups.  Group Members all keep the same Lottery Number when they drop,” says Joyce Jackson, Executive Director of Housing. In other words, if you’re all 30-point rising seniors, and you split into individual General Selection from Suite Selection, you’ll all choose at the same time anyway.

But if you’re in a mixed-value group, your leader can choose the option to break up for General Selection, so each group member would retain the same lottery number, but choose at different times according to original point value.

Say you’re the group leader of a six-person group with three rising seniors (30-point value, each), and three rising juniors (20-point value each). Entering Suite Selection, you’ll have a group point value of 25. Back in time, when you created the group (and, for the sake of specificity, named it something involving a suite/sweet pun—your first mistake), you had the choice of whether you’d (1) stay together or (2) break up upon entering General Selection.

If (1), you will all choose your rooms at the same time during General Selection , because you’ll all have the same lottery number from your group, and you’ll all individually retain the 25-point value.

If (2), the three seniors will choose rooms at the same time, because they’ll all have the same lottery number and the same individual 30-point values. The juniors will all choose together later with their 20-point values.

So, choose wisely—the future is now.

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    What leader would chose 2 and go in individually with a significantly worse appointment time, after all of their classmates have already gotten a room. An insane one, for sure.

    • MADNESS cont'd

      And by 2, I mean (1) of course.

    • Depends  

      If the leader is a junior (in the example), he'll want to keep that 25, rather than get a 20 and give the seniors back their 30s.

      Even if the leader is a senior (in the example), maybe he's really good friends with the juniors and wants to live with them instead of being alone in River. There are mixed-grade frienships.

  2. Anonymous  

    What’s the deal with Schapiro’s 17th floor? Are those room available during General Selection?


    So I was the group leader of a group that decided to reform, and in the interest of (what I thought was) courtesy I deleted the entire group instead of removing the members who planned on pursuing other housing options. Now when I try to create a new group by clicking on the "Create a New Group" link, I'm unable to click it and the link has a floaty message next to it saying "Completed one-time section." The person I'm trying to form a group with can't open the link either (perhaps its worth noting that she was a member of the group I deleted as well.) The group formation deadline is coming up really soon and I'm starting to worry that we won't be able to form our group! I've emailed housing and they've yet to give me any guidance. Are we just screwed or is there something wrong with the site itself? Is there something we've done wrong?

  4. Anonymous  

    I am a studying abroad and am in a suite of 6. Can I make one of my future suitemates my proxy or do I have to choose someone else? Thanks!

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  6. Anonymous  

    what about the mixed rising junior-sophomore group that dropped to general last year and following that the rising sophomores got to pick into furnald singles before the rest of the rising sophomores? why did that happen and will it happen again

    • Anonymous  

      I'm sorry I don't know what happened last year, but that was my group in spring 2010. Our friend (who in all intents and purposes was a rising junior) took a semester off fall sophomore year. When she came back, housing told her she'd have a point value of 20. However, when we got our combined point value, it was 18.33. After we printed emails to show them and complained, they allowed us to break into general and keep our original point values (20 for the 5 of us and 10 for her). She chose into Furnald first because we were all allowed to keep our lottery number, which happened to be 4 and since she was a rising "sophomore" was eligible for that housing. I don't think this is a common occurrence.

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