ConversationChoose a dorm room: Narrator: Listen to a conversation between a student and a university housing representative. Student: Hi. I ... hem ... I was here this morning. I spoke to your assistant to Laura, I guess it is. She couldn't help me so ... Representative: So you thought you would try your luck with me? If Laura can't help you, I'm not sure I can, but I can try. What seems to be the problem? Student: Well, I made out really badly in the lottery for dorm rooms next year. Representative: I'm sorry to hear that, but that's just the luck of the draw, you know? You get a random number and that determines when it's your turn you to choose a dorm room. It's not a perfect system, but at least it's impartial. Student: Well, here's the situation. It's not just a bad number. It's a terrible number. I'm almost at the bottom of the list. I think I get to pick a room at the end of the third day when like the smallest darkest rooms will be the only ones left. You know, like those ones in Parker Hall? They're really too small. I really don't want to live in one of those. Representative: Yeah, those are usually the last to go. Student: But, my roommate, and I talked to him about this and he's totally cool with it, he drew a really great number. Representative: Okay. You can still room with him. All you have to do is show up with him when it's his turn to choose, and sign up to share a double room. Student: Oh, I didn't know you could do that. I assumed ... Representative: Isn't that where you were going? Student: I assumed. Actually, no but that may not be a bad idea. Actually my idea was that, well, my roommate ... Representative: The one who would probably get a very nice room? Student: Right. His name is Gerald. Anyway, Gerald was lucky, you know, got this great number but then he changed his mind about the dorm and now he's thinking about moving completely off campus next year. He's going to rent an apartment, so he said I could have his number, no problem. Representative: No, sorry. It doesn't work that way. I'm sure Laura explained it to you. When people don't show up to select the dorm room when their turn comes up, we just move on to the next person. We can't give their number to someone else. Student: Alright. But now I guess I'm thinking, maybe, what about the other thing you mentioned? Like rooming with someone who got a good number? Representative: That you can do. Most people go for single rooms, but you know, some people like roommates. Do you have someone in mind? Student: Not yet. I mean, no one immediately comes to mind, but I think I'm going to start asking around right away. And this is for double rooms only? Representative: Oh no, you can even go for a triple, or a quad. All you need is one guy with a really good number, and the rest you can tag along.