The room draw process is in full swing. I still maintain that the housing lottery is the most important change to student life at Williams in the last 20 years and that, overwhelmingly, that change has been for the better. A side benefit is the quotes that the process generates:

“You can dress Mission up however you like, paint it pretty colors and such, but the rooms are still tiny and stifling – not to mention bizarrely shaped – and the entire complex still has the overall effect of a futuristic prison as imagined in 1970,” said Scott Moskowitz ’05. Bryan Norton ’07 felt equally strongly about Greylock:”Greylock is far. Greylock is noisy. Greylock is ugly. No thank you. Only if Jesus himself were picking into Greylock would I consider picking in there,” he said.

See also Sarah Croft’s ’04 blog entry which takes a less sanguine view of the process.

T’was the night before the senior housing draw, as the underclassmen discuss their ideal spot, deep in the housing office, they are hatching a plot; to alter everyone’s plans at the very last minute, inevitably screwing up plans for housing draw and everyone involved in it.

Another side benefit is that the randomization process itself might facilitate all sorts of interesting senior theses. See the “peer effects” literature produced by Professors Zimmerman, Winston, et al for an introduction.

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