Q1. Should I read the constitution for the house?
A. Yes, reading the constitution is very important to understanding the House requirements and dynamics.
Q2. When are the deadlines for applications?
A. There is a mailing in Feburary designating deadlines for the application process to the Theme Houses for the upcoming academic year. Deadlines and decisions for Theme House placement are made before the Roomdraw process begins. Once a student accepts a placement in a Theme House their Roomdraw application is withdrawn. Each House has a specific deadline for confirming your acceptance. However, after the initial deadline, Theme Houses continue to accept applications for a waiting list status to help fill any vacancies that might come up throughout the year.
Q3. Are there floor plans available?
A. Yes, there is a link to see the detailed floor plans on the Menu. Make sure to expand the picture in your browser to view specific room numbers--no room dimensions are given.
Q4. Is it possible to change a room in a theme house if I'm unhappy?
A. All internal house room changes occur under the guidence of the House President, the House Advisor, and the specific guidelines in the constitution. Once the decision has been made, the House President will contact the Residential Life Office so that the change can be made official and a new key issued.
Q5. How are the rooms assignments conducted?
A. Each house has its specific protocol, but the selection process occurs for each House after the College's Roomdraw process.
Q6. Are there regularly scheduled activities throughout the year in the house?
A. Yes, there is Kaffeeklatsch: a weekly house meeting in the German House.
Q7. What are the responsibilities of the House President, the Resident Counselor, and the House advisor?
A. Each House constitution outlines the specific details for each of the roles these key individuals play in the house.
Q8. Does a T.A. live with students in this house?
A. Yes, in the German house there is one German teaching assistant that lives in the residence to faciliate and encourage language practice.
Q9. Do the room designations swap for the split houses of Newport and Porter?
Q. Yes, each year the German House and the Russian House split Porter up into rooms specific to each "house," those rooms swap from year to year.
Q10. Do I have to speak in German all the time when I'm living in the house?
A. Please refer to the specific house constitution, but for the most part, speaking the language is a part of living in the house, so the short answer is yes.