Posts Tagged ‘housing 2011’

The Shaft | Apr. 1 6:15 pm EST
BREAKING

High yield, miscommunication may mean housing shortage

While students were reveling over the increased prestige an admissions rate in the 6% range brings Columbia, it appears the pool of admitted students is still likely to yield a higher-than-ever number of entrants into the first-year class of 2015. As a result, Housing may have to undertake last-minute changes to ensure enough space exists for all students living on campus in 2011-12, and may have to move some students from their initial selections. This comes via a private conversation with members of the Housing staff at the conclusion of today’s portion of Suite Selection in John Jay lounge, and they report that an email is likely to go out to students that have already picked into dorms that may be affected. If you receive this email, we’d be much obliged if you would forward it to spectrum@columbiaspectator.com so we can update this post in full. We’ll also have a post later tonight on potential effects on people who dropped to General Selection under circumstances that may no longer exist. UPDATE: We’ve just been sent the email—you can read it after the jump. More »

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The Shaft | Mar. 25 9:30 pm EST
ADVICE

RAs and riders provide question mark, opportunity, danger

Embry Owen/ Spec

If you missed it, be sure to check out our complete lottery-number breakdown here.

If you look at Housing’s floor plans, or at the page about space held out of the lottery, you’ll notice rooms marked as unavailable because they’re held for RAs and their “riders.” In buildings with doubles, this just means that double is unavailable (or that triple, in the case of Claremont alone), and you can reduce the suite count there by one, if you’re so inclined. In buildings with large dorms, though, it works a little bit differently. Explanation after the jump. More »

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The Shaft | Mar. 22 10:37 pm EST
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THE LOTTERY, 2011: Everything your number means, and everything you wanted to know! (UPDATED)

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We’ve written about the dorms, the cutoff history, things to remember, and offered a calculator for pinpointing room possibilities in General Selection. But now that lottery numbers are public, we start to move away from conjecture and toward real number-crunching. So here we go—The Shaft’s complete 2011 lottery number breakdown, split up by point value and then by group size, after the jump. More »

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The Shaft | Mar. 7 11:28 pm EST
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Open Housing: How’s this going to work? (UPDATED)

Jasper L. Clyatt / Spec

In case you missed it, our big dorms breakdown ran last night—read all about it here.

We’ve had a number of requests for more about the new Open Housing pilot program, so what follows is our attempt to walk through it. More »

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The Shaft | Mar. 6 11:38 pm EST
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The Lottery: Dorm by dorm by dorm by dorm (UPDATED)

Jasper L. Clyatt / Spec

Here we go. As promised, a stroll through what role each of the campus dorms plays in the Housing lottery, and thus what chances you might have of actually winding up there. This draws on the cutoff history provided by Housing, but adds in our own analysis—we’ll explain any deviations. More »

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The Shaft | Mar. 5 10:14 am EST
FAQ

What does the frat brownstone decision mean for the Housing Lottery?

We’ve gotten a veritable avalanche of questions about this. A lot of it can’t really be answered definitively, but what follows here is our best guess. The short answer: Not much. Relax! More »

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The Shaft | Mar. 1 9:08 pm EST
OPENINGS

Registration is open! The cutoff history is here! Rejoice?

Jasper L. Clyatt / Spec

Or panic. Go here to register for Housing via the immortal StarRez Portal. You have until March 10 (that’s next Thursday). Go here to see the updated cutoff history. We’ll take a lengthy stroll through what these numbers mean for each dorm in the next couple of days, but there are a few notes about misleading numbers that can’t wait (like, the cutoff number for Hogan four-person suites is not really 30/2683) after the jump. More »

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The Shaft | Feb. 25 12:06 am EST
ADVICE

The cutoff history—It’s coming!

The powers that be over at Housing assure us that the 2010-11 cutoff history is on the way, hopefully within the next day or two. Once that’s up, we’ll go through it step-by-step (or, rather, dorm-by-dorm) to look at which numbers might be misleading. But a few points and general reminders here based on questions we’ve gotten this year as well as those from years past, after the jump. More »

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The Shaft | Feb. 21 11:28 pm EST
WELCOME BACK

(Re) Introducing The Shaft—We’re here to serve you

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Columbia Housing Lottery. Three words few students long to hear, and the reason for our existence. It’s that time again! We couldn’t be more excited. One week from today, Room Selection Registration opens (for Suite and General Selection—if you want to live in the LLC, you had to submit a roster already, and room selection is later this week), and then it’s a month-long dog-eat-dog scramble to secure singles, good views, and hardwood floors, all while avoiding the horrors of the shaft.

Housing hasn’t confirmed final floor plans and cutoff history yet (they’ve promised to do so by Monday), so the number-crunching we can do right now is limited. Today, we kick off with the basics—later this week, we’ll get into strategies and tips to keep in mind before you’ve registered and are locked into a group. And, most important, we want your ideas. Something you’d like to see this year? Write it in the comments or email spectrum@columbiaspectator.com, and we’ll look into it. More »

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