Students tell prez to tell admin where
it can put its parking
By Dan Perry
An open forum on parking was held yesterday in the University
Community Centre atrium, moderated by University Students'
Council President Paul Yeoman.
"We're looking for any thoughts or opinions on parking," Yeoman
repeated into a microphone, trying to separate students from
the passing tumbleweeds.
Though few participants actually stepped up to the mic to
voice their complaints, a few brave souls did surface and came
out with the following concerns, which will be taken by Yeoman
to the university advisory committee on parking and traffic:
-Value for money: students pay over $300 for a parking pass
and still get stuck parking in remote lots or paying at meters
when lots are full.
-"Why not build a parking garage?" came up three
times and it was suggested administration undertake a cost
analysis of both the construction and a potential pass for
such a garage.
-Having to arrive early to get not just a good spot, but any
parking spot. Saugeen-Maitland Hall, the John Labatt Visual
Arts Centre and the Chemistry Building were all cited as lots
that fill up shortly after 8 a.m..
-Pro-rating parking passes purchased late was suggested, so
only the valid portion of the pass is paid for.
-The under-advertising of the Althouse College lot, which
usually has spots open.
-The need for more visitor parking to welcome guests to campus.
-The need for more metered parking for students who only come
to campus for a short time.
-Safety: concerns about the lighting in campus parking lots
were raised, with students saying they still did not feel safe
in the lots at night.
The committee meeting is Thursday night and Yeoman is still
open to suggestions from anyone who missed their chance to
sound off yesterday. Opinions on parking can be brought to
his attention by calling 661-3574 or by e-mail to email@example.com.