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March 27, 2009 | The Clarion
Housing lottery: What the heck?
Student housing process leaves students confused, frustrated, and above all speechless
by Gretchen Allie
Every so often something happens so ob
scure, stupid, frustrating or confusing that
the only response we can give is, "What the
heck?" This week Fm wondering, “What
the heck is the housing lottery?”
Students are still a little unclear of exactly
what went on Monday and why it happened
the way it did. Many students walked into
the housing lottery with no idea of what
was going to happen. There was confusion
and frustration abound. Freshman Hannah
Reinhalter and sophomore Caroline Mclean
agreed that the housing lottery was not
explained well, and that there should’ve
been more detail.
Many students couldn’t make their des
ignated times because of classes, some
students skipped their classes to make
their times, and those that could come for
their appointed hour had to wait for about
thirty minutes until their lottery number
was called. Haimah Reinhalter said that
she didn’t have anyone to do her proxy, so
she had to be late to her class.
Near the end of the housing lottery, the
housing for women was filled, and there
wasn’t enough housing for the women on
campus. East Jones, the soon to be fresh
man dorm, was opened and several upper
classmen and sophomores were assigned
rooms there. Amanda Metcalf was one of
the students who got placed in East Jones.
“1 was wondering how can you miscalcu
late how many girls go here? But 1 don’t
care, at least 1 got a room,” she said.
“It was super crowded and really stressful.
It threw off everyone’s day, and people had
to skip class to go,” said Caithn Hubbard,
a freshman, works in Campus Life and
helped with the housing lottery.
Overall, many students were confused
and stressed, but the housing lottery is over
until next year, and the students remain
save the world
Turn off a light.
World Wildlife Fund ‘Earth Hour ^ to be Saturday night
by John Climer
Have you ever been interested in being
part of an international event to help raise
awareness about chmate change and pre
vent global warming? If so, you can do it
from the comfort of your own room.
Tomorrow night the World Wildlife
Fund is promoting a globe-spaiming event
called Earth Hour which runs from 8:30 -
9:30 p.m. The goal of Earth Hour is for
participants to cut off lights and unplug
uimecessary appliances in their homes and
It may seem that as individuals flipping a
few hght switches around campus would
be insignificant in helping this cause, but
consider this- according to the WWF 84
countries, 2712 cities, towns and munici
palities, 8617 schools, 6231 organizations
and 20877 businesses wiU be shutting off
their lights to participate in Earth Hour
Can you say synergy?
The WWF also has some noteworthy par
ticipants that plan to go hghts out during to
morrow nights event: the Great Pyramids of
Giza and the Sphinx, the Eiffel Tower, the
Empire State Building, the Petronas Towers
in Malaysia (the tallest twin-building in the
world) and the Arch of Wembley Stadium
in London (host to aU of England’s home
So tomorrow night when your clock
strikes 8:29, unplug it and anything else
you can turn off and join the other biUion
participants working to give the Earth its
own hour of rest.
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