Housing office works to solve beginning-of-the-year problems

A few minor housing faux pas have caused the College’s Housing Office to do some last minute shuffling.

The most serious problem concerned an imbalance in gender rations in two first-year entries.

Specifically, when the junior advisors of Fayerweather 3 received their entry roster, they noticed that there were 17 women and only three men assigned to the entry, while in Lehman East was to house four women and 13 men.

“I was really surprised when we got the form,” said Alexander Horn ’00, a Lehman East junior advisor.

Jared Drake ’00, one of the Fayerweather junior advisors, and Vineeta Mahajan ‘00 , a Lehman junior advisor, both contacted the housing office to question the entry rosters.

Director of Housing and Buildings and Grounds Thomas McEvoy said the Housing Office tried its best to remedy the error.

“Where we could, we made some adjustments,” he said.

However, according to McEvoy and the junior advisors, the adjustments did not involve switching students between Lehman East and Fayerweather 3, but moving around students within those dorms. Fayerweather 3 now has seven males and 15 females, while Lehman East is evenly split with eight males and eight females.

“Now they’re much better,” McEvoy said. “They are not fifty-fifty, but they’re pretty good.”

However, both sets of junior advisors were surprised that the problems occurred at all.

“They were very cool about fixing it,” Horn said. “But it seems like a weird thing to have happen.”

Drake was similarly puzzled.

“You’d thing they would be more careful when they were assigning the entries,” he said. “I guess they just didn’t realize, although I have no idea how you could miss something that blatant.”

Explaining the mistakes, McEvoy said the Housing Office usually considers other factors before gender ratios when creating first-year entries.

“Our first order of business is to put everyone where they want to live,” he said. “On the first page of the housing form, [first-years] rank where they want to be, and the second page is roommate matching. Those are the main things we look at when we assign rooms.”

McEvoy said these concerns and the fact that the housing assignments are done by hand caused the Housing Office to miss the mistakes in gender ratio until they were brought up by the junior advisors in August.

Housing Office attempts to remedy “unlivable” rooming situation

In a second, unrelated housing problem, the Office was faced with correcting an unlivable rooming situation for two sophomores in Prospect.

“We have a room [in Prospect] where we had a very heavy smoker last year,” McEvoy said. “Over the summer we replaced the drapes, the carpeting, and the mattress, and ran an ozone generator—which should take care of odors. . . . But there was still a lingering smell when the students moved in.”

The two students assigned to the room complained, so the Housing Office agreed to put them up in a hotel while they do some work on the wood in the room.

“Hopefully we’re on top of it,” McEvoy said.

McEvoy said he is unsure how the Housing Office will deal with the students.if the wood work does not work,

“There is not a double room to be found so they cannot move to another double,” McEvoy said. “They [the two students] are being very cooperative, and we’re doing the best we can to deal with the problem environmentally.”

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