Column by Ashley Morgan
Morgan is a sophomore psychology major and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Whether you are a commuter or living on campus, parking at Drake is an obstacle for all students. It is something that has become somewhat of a problem, as it seems like there are never enough spaces to accommodate the number of cars that are on campus. I have had to deal with this problem both as a live-on student and especially now as a commuter.
As a live-on student, I dealt with parking by both Carpenter Hall and Ross Hall. The parking by either hall is not spectacular, which can generally be applied to all the lots that are scattered around campus. Now, I understand that we are an urban campus, which means that parking is going to be a disaster in the first place, but we are further hampered by the amount of spaces allotted for each hall compared to the amount of students in the hall that have a car with them.
This is a problem that I found especially true whilst living in Ross. There are two parking lots, one on either side of the building, with around 15 parking spots in each. However, 10 of the total 30 spots are for the two apartment buildings that are in front of the building. So this leaves 20 parking spots for the residents of Ross, which is far less than the amount of cars that belong to the residents. As a result, residents are forced to park on the street, which is incredibly dangerous since 32nd Street is incredibly narrow. But this is not simply limited to Ross Hall, it is the same in the other halls as well, which is why I fail to understand why students are forced to pay $250 for an unguaranteed parking spot, when they may have to park on the street in the end.