Students scramble for housing after lottery

A change in the housing lottery this year has caused some students with priority housing to fall below the housing cutoff, although they are still guaranteed housing.

According to Ryan Farnkopf, manager of housing assignments, if a student has priority housing they make the cutoff.

“We do not change students’ lottery numbers based on whether or not they have priority housing,” he said. “The cutoff applies only to those students who do not have priority housing.”

Farnkopf said last year the housing lottery was sorted by both number and priority status, so those with priority housing appeared above the cutoff, even if their lottery numbers were below. He said this generated a lot of questions.

Farnkopf said this year the housing list was sorted entirely by number, as it has been in the past.

“This way also generated a lot of questions,” he said. “It’s the same way we’ve always done it. It’s just a matter of format.”

Another change this year is how many people did not make the cutoff.

Erik Clauss, junior criminology and justice studies major, is angry about not making the cutoff.

“I’m mad because a lot of kids have to now scramble for housing when it’s tough to find anything available so late in the season,” he said.

Allison Urso, sophomore accounting major, did not make the lottery either.

“I just feel like the College should make a greater attempt at offering its students housing,” she said.

Despite unhappiness with their numbers, Urso and Clauss agreed that they would not want to live in the Country Club Apartments, even if they were available in the lottery.

“I’m mad that (the College) would house (its) students in such a dangerous area,” Urso said. “I don’t understand why they wouldn’t buy out some nicer townhouses or apartments and use those as student housing.”

“Honestly I would rather move into a house than go there,” Clauss said. “You’re paying on-campus prices for off-campus housing.”