Forced commuters stymied in their efforts to move into the newly renovated Thayer Hall may be able to do so within the next two months if construction proceeds according to schedule, according to Frank H. White '55, assistant dean of Freshmen.
Administration officials had originally hoped that the rooms would be ready for occupancy this week, and had advised many freshmen to that effect. However, as renovation proceded, architects continued to revise their plans for the rooms, making it impossible for the Freshman Dean's office to meet its original expectations. Informed of this in December, White sent a form letter to the 46 forced commuters advising them that they would not be able to move in at the outset of the Spring term.
"Freshmen might be able to move in late in March or early in April," according to White. He noted that those who decide to live in will be required to pay rents from the time they assume occupancy until the end of the year.
Dormitory space provided by students who have left the University or who has moved into Houses will allow some commuters to live at the University within the next several weeks, White noted. In past years an average of about 15 such vacancies has been made available.
Forced commuters whose present leases have expired will be given first priority for these rooms, the assistant dean remarked. Geographical distribution may determine further priority to a certain extent and "If we think a commuter will get along well with two roommates who have a vacancy, we will probably allow him to move in," White said.