Student satisfaction is key for house morale, and member retention is important for the houses financially, Patterson Court Advisor Sarah Pankratz said.
Each member pays membership dues that cover meals, social events and service activities, and if a house sees a lot of member attrition, it could be in danger of closing.
But it isn't as simple as signing up for a specific house; each house has a limited number of membership spots available, so women interested in joining an eating house rank the houses in order of preference and hope to get one of their top choices."We would never be able to hand-place students as effectively as the algorithm does," Pankratz said.The majority of the campus participates in athletics in some way. Yes, students tend to leave their doors open on the hall if they just walk down the hall for a minute.Davidson's four eating houses were abuzz with excitement Feb.6, as they welcomed 180 new members and hosted open parties to celebrate.
This is a shift from years past, when the school used a lottery system to assign women to houses.