pushed to periphery
By Marshall Bellamy
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 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.