Changes to Queens' room ballot inspire resentment in students

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There have been changes to the Queens’ College room balloting system since last year.

Students will no longer be able to ballot with friends in groups of 4, 6 or 8. Room allocation will instead be on an individual basis.

Other changes have also incited complaints from students. They will not be able to track the ongoing allocation of rooms. In fact, the college has warned that any attempt to publicise room choices could result in exclusion from the ballot.

The prevention of disruption and the promotion of greater integration between years have been cited by the college as reasons for the changes since last year.

Speaking to The Cambridge Student, a fresher expressed her annoyance that “the only way you can be sure you’ll be near your friends is to share a set which really isn’t for everyone.”

Pointing to the sense of betrayal evident among second-years, she added that “obviously it isn’t the end of the world, but it definitely has made the process far more stressful than it needs to be.”

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