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
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.
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.