Opinion: Campus parking pains persist
At the start of a new school year most students make their way to the Office of Campus Police to purchase a $60 privilege.
That privilege is to park their personal vehicle on campus, a campus that has very limited parking space, and it is increasingly apparent that some individuals abuse this privilege.
It is truly an atrocity when you see cars lined up illegally behind Asbury Hall, blocking cars parked in real parking spots, and nothing is being done to fix the situation besides an untrackable measly piece of paper.
Time and time again we see people park in the incorrect places or, better yet, we see vehicles parked without any decals.
It is beyond ridiculous for those who pay to park in the proper spot are being penalized.
The efforts to fix these transgressions have not been vamped up in the least.
Every year we hear empty threats of how cars will be towed, but nothing happens.
Those who habitually abuse the system are only slapped on the wrist, like a child reaching for a warm plate of cookies.
In the 2012-2013 edition of the Vehicle Rules & Regulations pamphlet, it states that “driving or parking on the grass, walkways or shoulders of the road is prohibited.”
Seems clear enough, so why do we see it almost every day?
Campus police has a three-strike system when it comes to parking in an improper way.
Maybe it is time to set an example and start towing these a cars that are parked illegally.
Not only is it a pain the neck, but it’s also a massive eyesore.
Unless better measures are taken to handle the situation, the abuse of privilege will continue.
Full-time students’ $60 will go to waste, and the part-time students will be out $24.
Some times you have to be the “bad person” with those big kid pants and set the record straight.
For a campus that is building towards the future, it looks as the parking issue is falling back into to the stone age.