January 27, 2004  
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Parking a mess at Western

Every year brings with it a higher number of cars on the road, but unfortunately, Western’s parking is unable to provide adequate services for students, faculty and visitors alike.

Parking on Western’s campus is frustrating to say the least. Whether it be exorbitant prices for parking passes (which do not guarantee spots) or metered parking, or the fact that if you do find a spot, it’s likely you’ll have to walk at least 20 minutes to the nearest sign of life.

Further, parking for people who come to campus for events is less than accommodating. Forcing seniors to trudge from either the Huron Flats or the Alumni Hall lot because there is relatively no parking available around Talbot College for a play is a testament to the terrible status of parking on campus. Western wants to attract alumni so they keep showing support to their school, but without adequate essentials such as parking, there is little incentive to do so.

Not only is parking horribly inconvenient, the status of the lots during these winter months is hardly desirable. It can take the university a long time to clear the parking lots, making people wade knee deep in snow for much of the time.

The layout of the parking lots at Western, being on the periphery of the campus, is hardly conducive to efficiency. While it may be expensive, administration should be looking into revamping the entire parking system, including availability, cost and efficiency.

There is no acceptable parking on this campus for anyone. The addition of a parking garage for students would help alleviate the scores of never ending problems associated with this issue and should be something for the administration to consider in the future.

Use Caution

Last Wednesday, Jan. 21, a female student was assaulted near the D.B. Weldon Library parking lot. The case has been handed over by the Campus Community Police Service to the London Police Department’s sexual assault squad.

Unfortunately, incidents such as these are not as uncommon as we would like to believe. Despite the fact that many believe Western’s campus is a closed community, incidents like this one remind us that we cannot take our safety for granted. With such a high concentration of people in such a small area, it could also be said that university campuses could in many ways be favourable targets for predators of various sorts.

Students should not at any time be afraid or embarrassed to use the services available to us, especially Foot Patrol. Even if it is only a short walk to your car, it’s never too much of a hassle to make sure you are safe and protected. Clearly, as clichéd as it sounds, you can never be to careful.



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