In an attempt to solve the growing issue of on-campus student housing, Texas A&M interim president Mark Hussey has decided to take a page out of a long-beloved book.
Upon a student’s acceptance into the university, they will no longer be asked in which dorm they prefer to live. Instead, the student will be assigned a dorm in the summer during their New Student Conference.
Dorms will be assigned during a special ceremony on the first night of each New Student Conference. All the future Aggies will be placed in Rudder auditorium and called up one by one to be sorted.
“This will hopefully alleviate the chaotic scrambles students encounter when trying to find a place to live,” Hussey said. “It worked out well for Harry Potter. Why could it not work for us?”
Hussey has even gone so far as to say that the different regions of campus will be named after the four houses of Hogwarts.
The dorms on the southside of campus will be known as Gryffindor. The honors dorms will be dubbed Ravenclaw. Northside dorms that are not honors are Slytherin, and the dorms on the Quad are Hufflepuff.
The Board of Regents has affirmed these new names and is working with Scholastic Publishing to figure out copyright laws.
Student opinions are mixed on the new changes, however.
“What if I get sorted into Hufflepuff but don’t want to be in the corps? Aren’t all of those dorms, like, for the cadets and stuff? I’m not a boot chaser!” Maddie Limes, class of 2018, tweeted.
General Joe Ramirez, Commandant for the Corps of Cadets, had an answer.
“The Quad is the safest place on campus, and the Corps is always looking for new members,” he said. “We welcome the change if it means we get to bring more yellow-emblazoned khaki to campus.”
Not all students are upset by the changes. FHK has already begun to change their dorm color schemes to incorporate more green, and the Commons has brought some gold to those maroon-ish sofas in the lobby.
“This is great!” Clark Williamson said, donning a royal blue hat. “I live in McFadden and have always claimed that we were the Ravenclaws of campus. Now everyone has to acknowledge that as truth!”
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This article is the second in a series. This week The Mugdown is celebrating Harry Potter Week in support of the undefeated Texas A&M Quidditch Team as they prepare for the Quidditch World Cup this upcoming weekend.