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ERIC Number: EJ814297
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep-12
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Find Me a Roommate
Lipka, Sara
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n3 pA1 Sep 2008
Blind dates can go awry, but a roommate mismatch can spoil a semester. Nasty habits. Bitter grudges. Epic stand-offs over square inches. Luckily, most pairings don't get that ugly, whether campuses make them randomly or by running survey responses through a computer. These days many students even control their own fates: More and more colleges let them post profiles, online-dating style, and pick one another. This article reports that a handful of institutions still insist on hand-matching freshmen, one by one. The goal is for roommates, even if they don't become best friends forever, to at least get along. Housing officers on hand-matching campuses toil for weeks, steeped in human drama: passions, pet peeves, allergies. There's no substitute, they say, for personal attention. Campus tour guides parrot that point, selling all but a satisfaction guarantee. And parents pay particular attention, lest their kid wind up with a wacko.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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