Parking problems typical of fall
Junior Kyle Wert bought a parking pass for the year, but has only used it twice.
“I bought the parking pass and I drove to campus the first two days of class and couldn’t get a spot,” he said.
Wert commutes from the Fairways and said that he was almost late for one of his classes because he was trying to park.
“Parking’s really difficult based on the mass of people that commute to campus,” he said. “I’m just going to use the shuttle the rest of the semester.”
Director of Parking and Transportation Services Pamela Mooney said at the beginning of every fall semester parking is hectic due to two things: new students not knowing where they are supposed to park and people getting settled in buying textbooks and seeing where their classes are.
“We’re trying to get people to understand where they need to be,” she said. “We have the same thing with faculty and staff and they’re trying to set up their office hours and offices.”
There are enough parking spots for all of the commuters, but people always want the more convenient spot, Mooney said. Most signs are directing students to the additional parking down Osler Drive.
Mooney said she was unable to give a number of how many people had parking passes because that doesn’t get evaluated until two or three weeks after the semester begins.
Junior Kevin Saiko said he had a parking pass last year and decided not to get one this year.
“It is really overpriced,” he said. “I wanted to save 300 bucks. It saves money and it’s just easier than dealing with all the parking.”
Mooney said that once people settle in parking should get better.
“This is a normal thing, we try our best to get our communications out there,” she said. “We just try to really educate the people where the additional parking is.”