Grinds My Gears: Find a permanent solution to parking
You know what really grinds my gears? Parking on campus.
Towson is the land of commuters. Not just students traveling from home, but people, who like me, are commuting from off-campus housing.
When you pull up to the school on any normal school day, there are cars as far as the eye can see.
You’ve got red Ford pick-up trucks, silver Honda Civics and even the lucky few who are driving Jeep Wranglers.
Cross Campus Drive is lined from end to end with people paying to park for a couple hours. The garages are sporting a multitude of different color cars, and not to mention the full roof at the Union Garage reflecting sunlight directly off the cars into your eyes causing you to almost crash every single morning.
The sight of this many students collaborating together, all of them with the common goal of learning, can really bring a tear to one’s eye. Or that might just be the blinding light.
I just transferred here from Salisbury University because obviously Towson is about 50,000 times superior and, I have to say, a tiger is a good bit more intimidating than a seagull in a turtleneck sweater.
However, at Salisbury I never had to drive to my classes because I lived in the dorms on campus. So I guess this whole “actually having to drive to my college classes” thing is a bit new to me.
But the fact that I got to campus at 10:20 a.m. for a class at 11 and I was still late, I personally find to be unacceptable.
I live 2.5 miles down the road and I’ve taken to walking to school.
Sure, it’s a little workout, but I didn’t come to Towson to become a speed walking major.
So let’s get down to the facts.
There’s just not enough room. The garages are full to capacity during almost all hours of the day. I found a spot by chance on Tuesday in the Union Garage at around 3 p.m., but even at that hour almost all the spots were taken.
Students have taken to the popular and creepy act of “stalking” students that are walking back to their car specifically to grab their parking spot.
Neither of the students are happy about this, the one being stalked is completely creeped out and the student doing the stalking knows exactly what they’re doing and they feel really bad about it.
Or possibly, they really enjoy it, but hey, I’m not here to judge.
What I’m here to do is get you as angry as I am and suggest possible solutions. As much as I love walking into my business law class with back sweat from the long trek, there needs to be better options.
My first and most immediate course of action is to make some more of those faculty/staff parking spots into commuter parking spots.
This isn’t an act of hatred and jealousy against the professors or other faculty, everyone I’ve met has been super nice and my professors are the coolest, but when I drive into Union Garage in the morning and every single commuter spot is full but the faculty/staff spots are 75 percent empty, I’m not the most tickled tiger.
Even if that happens, it’s just not enough. We need a new on-campus garage.
We’ve all seen that construction going on next to Burdick Field.
I’ve heard rumors that it’s supposed to be a parking garage but I have also heard that it’s going to be the new campus gateway. According to the outdated Towson University website under the “Current Construction Projects” page, it seems to confirm that.
I don’t know about everyone else, but I would be more impressed with a five-story garage just full of wonderful open parking spots than an oversized gateway letting us know where we are, when obviously we are already aware.
If enough students get as amped up as I am about this, I would love to get a response from the administration.