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Writing House and Interfaith House still accepting apps!

So this post is pretty damn self-explanatory, but here’s the info anyway:

Alicia Fuhrman ’12 writes in:

Last call for Writing House applications to vie for the final spots available in the glorious 23-person community. If the mass of wonderful and possibly like-minded individuals does not appeal, perhaps the spacious lounge(s), library, kitchen, courtyard, and air of creative encouragement will. Link follows. Deadline for open bidding is March 31 at 5PM, but obviously the sooner you submit the sooner you will hear back (hopefully with an offer).

http://www.wesleyan.edu/reslife/GRS/applications/writingapp.htm

On a side note, if you’re not interested in being a resident but still want to be in on the goings-on, several author visitors (whose writings span from food politics and feminism to fiction) are on the radar for the coming months, and the compilation of the alphabetic cookbook is also in the works. Stay tuned for some more faculty workshop opportunities as well. Email afuhrman(at)wesleyan(dot)edu should any questions surface.

Deena Godfrey ’12 retorts, saying

GRS IS SCARY!!!!! Apply to Interfaith House!

Why go through the crazy process of GRS where you can easily live in a wonderful community with awesome people and great facilities? Interfaith House has organized major all-campus events such as the Fast-a-thon, Park51 panel discussion, Tibetan Singing Bowl Meditation, and the Winter Festival!

We have a huge kitchen, our own laundry room, and a decked out lounge with a ping-pong table, piano, and bean-bags!

If you’re interested in living in this awesome house next year, email dgodfrey(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.

Program Housing Applications Open Today

Program housing applications are now available through your eportfolio. Since it can be an annoyingly confusing process, I’ll try to help make it simple for you:

Application Process:
(All of this is accessed through your e-portfolio)

1. Sign your housing contract online (I think you click a box or hit accept, something like that)
2. Rank your choices of which houses/community-based living (ie WestCo, single-sex or substance-free halls) you’d like to live in next year. You rank them 1-3, 1 being your super-duper-oh-god-please-let-me-in choice. You can only do three. Really.
3. Fill out the application for the three (or less) houses/CBL you’ve ranked. Applications actually do matter! Put some time and thought into them.

Application Timeline:

Feb 12th: Applications open.
Feb 26th: Applications due by 11:59pm.
March 4th: Applicants are offered bids, waitlisted, or declined. This is listed in the same part of your eportfolio that you applied in.
March 24th: Applicants need to accept or decline bids by 11:59pm.

Deadlines are very important for program housing, so make sure you get your applications and such in on time! Don’t lose out on having a chance to live in a great community just for missing a deadline.

And since there are now a huuuuuuge amount of houses, I’ll spare you the list here. But check out the Reslife website for the full list. Also be sure to check out the Program Housing Fair today (Feb. 12th) from 2-5pm in Beckham Hall, and House Hopping Day on Feb. 21st from 12pm-5pm.

Defeat the System! Submit your GRS Numbers Now!

Some anonymous souls have decided to do the dirty work for us all and analyze this year’s GRS prospects. Data will be compiled, odds will be theorized, housing will be claimed.

Here’s the anonymous email:

“Wouldn’t GRS be easier if you knew exactly where your group is in relation to every other group? Please send your GRS number and group size to grsnumber[at]gmail[dot]com. Next week before Room Selection begins we will post a complete list of numbers and group sizes (no names!) so that everyone can be better informed. Spread the word.”

GRS Deadline

For people going into GRS: the deadline for getting into groups and accepting the housing contract is today at 11:59pm, but do it sooner rather than later (if you haven’t already). If you don’t do this you’re not going to get a number in the housing lottery, meaning you’ll be at the very end of the list and won’t get your choice of housing.

What you need to do:

  • Go to ‘room selection’ in your e-portfolio
  • Accept the housing contract.
  • Make sure you’re in a GRS group, even if you’re going into GRS alone.

House Hopping Day for juniors

Juniors: tomorrow is House Hopping Day! If you’re aiming to get a woodframe house next year, be sure to check out houses so you have an idea of where you want to live. Here’s the info:

This Tuesday from 4-8pm will be Woodframe House Hopping, where you can check out what the woodframes actually look like on the inside. Stop by our table outside Pi Cafe to grab a list of the houses for your group size, and then go knock on doors!

If you have questions, email Peter Hill ’08 at pshill@wesleyan.edu, or just find him at Pi.

Good luck with the stressful ordeal that is GRS! And don’t worry; it works out well for the vast majority of people. I promise. Although I say this as someone who has never yet had to go through it. Still, it can’t be thaaat bad…

Don’t want to be homeless next fall? *

Okay, so I know room selection seems like it’s AGES from now, but I figured I’d give a short update on some of the changes for the upcoming year. I think these were briefly discussed in the Argus last semester…I apologize if this is boring or redundant.

In the past, every class year (aside from new students) has been given the opportunity to form groups of 1-6 people to enter into the housing lottery. This year, things are different…

  • Class of ’08 (rising seniors): May create housing groups of 1-6 people.
  • Class of ’09 (rising juniors): May create groups of 1-4 people.
  • Class of ’10 (rising sophomores): May create groups of 1-2 people.

This may seem strange at first glance, but the Undergraduate Residential Life Committee (URLC) came to this decision after analyzing the availability of class-appropriate housing for each class year. In reality, there is no housing unit that is made specifically for 6 sophomores. Therefore, it creates the unrealistic expectation that 6 people will definitely be living together. The hopes are that this will eliminate the great amount of frustration associated with the housing lottery.

The consequences are that all you ’10ers need to find one really good friend…OR YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN. GASP!

* This post will be of no aid to the class of ’07 in avoiding homelessness. Especially if you’re an art or philosophy major. Sorry.