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By: konspiracy http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2014/01/28/study-abroad-applicants-theres-no-need-to-fret-over-housing/comment-page-1/#comment-762095 Wed, 29 Jan 2014 18:33:06 +0000 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/?p=55630#comment-762095 i think this is a sneaky way of trying to give seniors better on campus picks in order to bring more students on campus. As Guy jones pointed out, this new system screws over people who study abroad in the fall and people living with people going abroad in the fall, i.e. 90% of all Juniors. I want to add to what he said that some people used to select for example with 2 juniors going abroad in the fall and 2 not. Then those 2 would go abroad and the slots would be filled by random people, but at least the other 2 got a nice house. Now those 2 people need to scramble to find people to pull in or they can’t even select for apartments.

Almost no seniors study abroad, so their picks become relatively better since the juniors all get screwed. Since it is still going to be a pain in the ass to live off campus if you are planning on going abroad, juniors are likely to just put up with this change and live on campus anyway. for seniors, going into the lottery has become a little more attractive because a group of seniors isn’t as overpowered on points as they were before, and maybe fewer juniors will even be able to select for apartments if they can’t get a group of four people together if a lot of a certain friend group goes abroad in the fall.

The only potential bright side I see is that maybe more people will go abroad in the spring. Currently I am pretty sure a fairly large majority goes abroad in the fall, maybe it would be better if that was balanced out a bit. Of course that might not even be a bright side, it might be way worse. Maybe it’s the school’s way of housing more students with fewer rooms.

Between this, that program for freshman where you go to some event hing for housing points, and the emails to Burleith every five minutes telling us to shovel snow (as it continues to snow more snow) the school is really putting the squeeze on students’ housing. As expected.

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By: Guy Jones http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2014/01/28/study-abroad-applicants-theres-no-need-to-fret-over-housing/comment-page-1/#comment-762075 Wed, 29 Jan 2014 06:10:45 +0000 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/?p=55630#comment-762075 The article gives no reason to assuage the people concerned about this change. The major problem with changing the selection process in this way is that groups of students cannot select a space regardless of their studying abroad. This is the most important part of the “pulling in” process. As is directly stated in the article, adding sophomores into the group would lower the chances of getting a good space on campus, directly harming not only the students who are studying abroad but also those who plan on living with students studying abroad. If students could sign up for selection regardless of study abroad status, they’d have the same chance as they used to have to get a good spot on campus, as related to their academic year.

Sure, pulling in is and always was a student enforced set up, but it’s something that has been a big part of the housing process for upperclassmen. The administration has to acknowledge this state of affairs in its policy decisions, regardless of whether the process of pulling in was facilitated by the university. Pulling in would be much more difficult in this new system, given that there isn’t yet a space selected to pull underclassmen into and this wouldn’t be exactly the best way of convincing underclassmen to live with upperclassmen who they may not be as close with as they are with those in their own year. If I were to approach an underclassman friend with the offer to live in Village A for a semester, that would facilitate the “pulling in” process much more easily than if I suggested he sign up with me to only possibly get a space that’s better than what he’d get as a sophomore. I don’t know a lot of upperclassmen going abroad in the spring, and since underclassmen are a huge pool that most selection groups would be pulling their spots in with, it’s important for a group to first have a space to subsequently pull people into.

It also would destroy the enforcement of the pulling in process when the space is established as being the underclassman’s first, since they would be less likely to move out. Underclassmen would be essentially doing the upperclassmen a favor by allowing them to select through a group of four. If the space had already been selected by the four upperclassmen as per the previous process, pulling in would reflect the upperclassmen doing underclassmen a favor by offering to live in upperclassman housing for a semester and therefore the favor would be returned by offering the students returning in the spring their spots back.

This is also an arbitrary penalization of groups of students that gets worse depending on how many in the group are studying abroad in the fall. Out of a group of four, if one student studying abroad is substituted with an underclassman the group would be placed better than if two were, and so on. That way, a group in which three students out of four are planning on studying abroad in the fall (which is actually my current situation), that group would nearly have the same weight in a lottery pick as a group of four underclassmen. How is this fair to upperclassmen, especially those who are encouraged by the university so often to go abroad? If there was nothing wrong with the previous set up, why change it now, and why pretend it’s essentially the same when there are some clear disadvantages to this policy as opposed to the previous one that never needed fixing in the first place?

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