September 9, 2003  
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Students' parking pushed to periphery

By Marshall Bellamy
Gazette Staff

The elimination of some undergraduate student parking spaces has angered students, although officials point out there are still several lots on the periphery of campus available for use.

The green Springett parking spaces (located west of Western Rd.) have been taken up by gray parking spaces, which are reserved for staff and faculty, said Dave Riddell, associate-VP of physical plant and capital planning at Western.

Riddell explained the change in parking allocation is a result of an increase in students and staff at the beginning of the year.

"What idiots!" declared fourth-year computer science student Mark Ruscica. "I can't see it being a good thing at all. You can't park in Saugeen - it's impossible - and Elgin is rammed everyday."

"It's kind of unfair they over-sell student parking passes that you pay $300 for and you still can't find a spot," said second-year administration and commercial studies student Fraser Laschinger.

Construction on campus has eliminated many of the gray spaces in the core of campus pushing them into the peripheries, stated University Students' Council President Paul Yeoman.

Yeoman maintained there are still plenty of green spaces for students at Althouse College, Huron University College and Medway parking lot behind Elgin Hall, as well as the open parking lot at Saugeen-Maitland Hall.

"We feel we have adequate parking on campus," Riddell asserted, noting the construction of a new parking lot at Althouse has added another 700 green spaces for Western students.

According to Yeoman with extensive building plans for the southern section of Western, the periphery parking lots will seem a lot closer to campus then they are now.

Riddell said the parking situation is also difficult for staff and administration who must deal with the same problems as students in many cases.

Western administration encourages students to use their bus passes - the cost of which is included in tuition - to save money and ease emissions.

Yeoman said he intends to push the issue of a parking garage complex because it is something administration must look into.



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