It's Hypothetical Situation Time! My friend, Carla, and I got into a bit of an argument over this earlier today, and I still think I'm right and she's wrong. Here's how it goes: A very awesome professor, let's say professor X, is teaching a senior seminar class in English next semester and a mutual friend of ours, let's say Kate, was thrilled about taking the class. She has (and so have I, and my argumentative friend) taken X's courses on more than one occasion and enjoyed each of them. She actually was the determining factor in his deciding to teach the senior seminar at all (or so the legend goes). Anyway I think you know where this is going, she signed up a day after they opened up for registration and the course was already completely full. So Kate was devastated, but X still thinks he can get her in, and this is where my friend and I disagree, and the uh, hypotheticalness, begins. Carla claims that, even though there is an active waiting list of people trying to get into this seminar, and Kate is currently SECOND on this list, it would be OK for Prof X to have his class expanded to include one extra student and then have that one extra student be Kate. After that, the waitlist process would continue as normal. I believe this would be completely unfair to the person who is 1st on that list. If the class is expanded by one, then the person at the top of the list should get in and not the person that Prof X wants. If he could pull this off it would obviously be favoritism and highly immoral(amoral?)/unethical whatever. She contends that even though Kate would now be in the class, the waitlist process would still work as normal: If someone drops the course then whoever is 1st on the list would still get in just like before. I countered that if I were first in the waitlist line and see the class expanded by one, and THEN see that the person behind me got in and not me, I would be fairly unhappy. She said there's no way the person at the top of the list would ever realize that'd happen and so he/she wouldn't be affected by it, and yadda yadda the argument ended in two loud sighs and a stalemate. So, which side do you agree with?