“Please send me an email so I understand what’s going on,” begs Lilith Aguirre-Murray, a rising sophomore at Marist, to the Marist College housing department.

The Marist housing selection process can be quite confusing, especially for current freshmen and transfer students who are not as acquainted with the system as upperclassmen have come to be. On Wednesday, March 22 and Thursday, March 23, members of the Housing and Residential Life department gave a talk to students on what to expect for the 2017 Housing Selection Day.

Housing selection information sessions were mandatory for all Marist students going into the process by themselves and Screen Shot 2017-03-27 at 5.08.33 PMgroup leaders, who are students that volunteered to represent their group of roommates. The session was offered once in Fusco Recital Hall at 11:15 a.m., followed by a tour of the different housing options, and again in the Nelly Goletti Theater at 5 p.m.. Resident Directors Chanel Vitale and Parker Simoni led the session that was held in a Fusco Hall, which was packed with mostly rising sophomore students.

Housing Selection Day, labeled as “Assessment Day” on the school calendar, is fast approaching with its April 4 designation date. Beforehand, every individual student or group leader will be assigned a particular time to register based on their priority point rank. This information will be listed online under the myHousing page on March 30 around 2 p.m., according to Simoni. Once students know their allotted time for the big day, the individual student or the group leader must then go and select their housing choice within three minutes.

One topic the session elaborated on was tips on how to prepare for the day of housing selection. They spoke of many online tools that could help groups or singles form different strategies up until the day of selection. According to Vitale, floor plans of each residence hall are available for viewing online. These floor plans are labeled with how many students can reside in the house and if the house contains rooms eligible for triples. Vitale and Simoni also talked about a Housing Selection Day live feed that will be available on myHousing as of April 4. This live feed will broadcast houses as they are being filled in real time and will be available for both computers and mobile devices.

Simoni and Vitale also offered the crowd knowledge about a waitlist system. The waitlist is meant to serve students who missed their appointment on Housing Selection day, or if a member of a group or a single student wants to transfer into a different building. Waitlist deadline periods will last from April 10 – May 31, in addition to July 3 – July 31.

The March 22 information session was then followed by tours of the upperclassman housing options. Since a significant majority of attendees were rising sophomores, housing tour guides centralized their tours on sophomore housing areas. Singles and group leaders were able to check out the insides of Upper West, Foy, Upper New, and Midrise rooms.

Prior to these information sessions and tours, however, there were little resources for students new to the housing application process to learn more about this information. Aguirre-Murray noted that most of the Marist online housing pages provide elaborations on the priority point system rather than housing selection day. An example to demonstrate this is a page titled “Resident Selection Process” on the Marist website that solely gives particulars about priority points and even features a non-working link as of March 24 that is supposed to provide further details.

“[The housing website] wasn’t the best,” shares Aguirre-Murray. “I would go on the website and I would click on things like forms and the forms I would expect to get, I really wouldn’t get any of them.” She adds, “it wasn’t very helpful. It wasn’t very clarified. If you’re not in the know you’re not going to know what assessment day is.”

Aguirre-Murray elaborates that the source of her confusion comes from not being as well informed as group leaders and singles are in the housing selection process. She believes that the housing department is not doing a proficient job in informing students who are not group leaders about what to expect and what is going on surrounding housing selection.

“I think they should have…a housing meeting [for students in groups who are not group leaders] so you can get all the information you need for housing,” proposes Aguirre-Murray. “Almost like what they did at the beginning of the year for orientation. Just something so people don’t feel like they’re in the dark.”


Audio provided by Nicholas DePaul

Lilith Aguirre-Murray Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGcDYfEBMuc&feature=youtu.be

March 22 Housing Selection Day Information Session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sNATyZiqzM&feature=youtu.be

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