Students voice concerns over SHSU parking lots

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It’s hard to imagine a campus issue more widely discussed among students than the parking situation at Sam Houston State. When walking from the commuter lots just north of AB IV, the sound of cars scraping bumpers on entrance and exit ramps has become as much a part of the environment as the sound of construction of the new science building. However, the inadequate conditions of campus parking lots are not central to one section of campus; it is an issue all over.

In a poll, 100 randomly selected students were asked if they felt that campus parking lots are in good condition, and 67 percent said they were not and felt the school could do more to maintain them. Poorly marked parking areas, low visibility, and potholes throughout the lots were among issues students voiced concern over.

When asked why he felt the lots were not in good condition, freshman Lloyd Osborne said, “There are a whole bunch of damn holes in them, and you’ll always scrape your car if you’re in anything less than an SUV.” Sophomore Carla York made it clear she feels parking lots are not in good condition. “There’ are always holes. They can quit waiting until they are the size of small swimming pools to fix them. There’s simple maintenance that could be done.”

“People have gotten tickets for not parking within paint chips,” freshman Alexis Dejesus commented in reference to poorly painted boundary lines in Four-West parking spaces. Spaces located too closely together concern students who have difficulty navigating around parking lots because of limited visibility. Sophomore Michael Hillhouse recently got into a fender-bender because he could not see a car while he was driving through a campus lot, and Freshman Delicia Nealy agrees parking spaces are too close together. She cannot understand why some parking lots have poles in the middle of them, making it difficult to maneuver cars in and out of spaces.

Having a new parking garage that is unaffordable while conditions worsen in lots has students bothered as well. According to the University Police Department, students who want to use the lot must sign a semester-long contract and pay $200 per semester, as compared to the $45 campus parking permits that are good for the entire school year. As of Feb. 8, only seven contract spaces were available to purchase.

“I don’t feel like they should have built a parking garage and charge students, but not fix other [lots],” said junior Lori Carter. The majority of students who feel that the parking lots are in poor condition feel that authorities need to pay more attention to the condition of the lots and more funding should go toward proper maintenance of them.

“Some of the money they have allocated for other things can be used in repairs,” sophomore Alisha Moore stated.