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"It's a huge pain in the ass," fourth-year College student Jenny Williams said of the process of finding a place for her parents to stay for graduation weekend this coming May.

"They're just going to camp," she said.

Williams' fears mirror those of many exasperated fourth years, as even those who start looking early - say, a year before graduation - still find the search for a hotel room about as painstaking as that of finding an off-Grounds lease.

"I think early this summer, reservations were booked at all the hotels anyone has ever heard of," Fourth-Year Class President Drew Davis said.

Some places start filling up even more than a year in advance. To get your parents a room at the highbrow Boar's Head Inn, you'll have to book it two years before you graduate.

"We start accepting reservations two years [before], and within a couple hours all the rooms are taken," said Alex Sutcliffe, a guest service agent at the Boar's Head.

At Main Street's Omni Hotel, the prospects for getting a last-minute room are all but impossible.

"We actually start [taking reservations] the Monday after graduation, and we usually sell out before noon," Omni reservations agent Lindy Leeth said.

The Fairfield Inn behind the Barracks Road Shopping Center is already accepting reservations for the graduation week of 2002, said Lori Womack, general manger of the inn.

"Some parents already know they have to call that far in advance," Womack said. "We also have a lottery to determine who gets on the waiting list."

Davis, who hasn't already made hotel arrangements for his parents, said he'll probably have to let them stay in his apartment.

"It looks like they may have to come up on the day of graduation from [home] and drive back that day," he said.

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