Just past the halfway mark for the semester, parking still remains an issue on campus, but why?
Premium parking spaces plague the lots by making spots unavailable to students without the pass. It is still not an uncommon sight to see vehicles going up and down aisles searching for an available parking spot while empty premium spots just sit there.
We live in a nation based on capitalism, and those that have more, can get more, but a community college parking lot isn’t the place to demonstrate that.
College is about opportunity, and community colleges offer more opportunity through lower costs of tuition and flexibility, so why work to take that away?
Enough parking disturbances are caused by construction, general maintenance and limited spots already without throwing in reserved and other specialized spots.
The initial premium spaces, when introduced in 2010, offered a better parking spot to students who were willing to pay a little extra for the assurance of a closer space.
What sometimes gets forgotten, is that with each premium space, a space that could be used for unrestricted parking gets used up.
As has been made very clear by the college, the addition of a parking garage is very unlikely, due to high costs of construction for the initial structure, so one could ask why the college is restricting available parking for a commuter college if it is so valuable and literally essential to business?
And that’s the key, the college’s focus on having a business mentality has brought them to selling parking spaces.
The low $75 per semester cost goes towards maintenance and running the premium parking program with additional funds going into the budget, but at what cost?
The college is an educational institution, not a Wal-Mart, and needs to be treated and regarded as such. The focus should be to educate students and provide the future with the resources to be successful, not milking as much money as possible out of students.
Just because it can be sold, doesn’t mean it should. During the duration of continued construction and maintenance, premium parking is an extravagance that isn’t helping the college out and other alternatives need to be reviewed and better utilized such as the Pace Ride Share program.
Or we could just start selling front-row seats in classrooms to students.