Posted by Andrew on January 23, 2009
On 1/15/09, the Pocono Record published a story, that said
The State System of Higher Education Board voted 11-2 to establish a new maximum fine that each university can impose, but gave schools the option of setting lower fines.
The new policy allows schools to charge as much as $50 for parking violations and a maximum $100 for moving violations, or more if state law allows.
Its a pretty reasonable policy, because I`m sure the schools are sick and tired of people parking illegally and a 15 fine is not much of a deterrent. On the other hand, I`m almost forced to park illegally if I want to get to class on time. This past Wednesday, it took me over an hour to find a spot and I tried every parking area on campus that I could think of. I know that complaining about parking is almost as bad as complaining about Jose Reyes popping up the first pitch he sees but this story ticks me off. In this case, the school decides to use money as a way to get people to change their ways, yet they have not attacked the cause of the problem. As if tuition and books wern`t expensive enough, they wanna try and squeeze more money out of me without fixing the problem.
Parking was a problem back when I was a freshmen and after 2 years away from class is still a problem. The new science building is a wonderful addition to the campus but building a multi-storied parking garage would be a thing of beauty. I`m willing to go out on a limb and say that it wouldn`t have been that difficult to build a parking garage back when they were drawing up the plans for the new science building. I understand the reasons behind the increases, but instead of applying a bandaid to the problem, the university should make it a priority to find a way to heal the wound instead.