SGA President: “Parking is not as big of an issue as it appears”

LETTER TO THE EDITOR 

Hunter Doucette, SGA President 

There is a shared complaint of college students across the nation: parking. 

The mere mention of parking triggers controversy among resident students, commuter students, faculty, and campus police. As schools expand their student body, they run short on space, and parking availability becomes inadequate. Furthermore, schools often issue more parking permits than parking spots, which inevitably creates frustration.

Fortunately, we do not have that problem at OBU. We have enough parking spaces for everyone: residents, commuters, and faculty, on campus.

Oddly, then, students and faculty are still issued several parking tickets each year. What is the disconnect?

We believe it is the result of failed communication between students and the police department. 

We need to accept having to walk a rather short, and maybe inconvenient distance if not receiving a parking ticket is the result. -Doucette

The administration, which in this case served as the middle man between the police department and students, asked SGA to formulate a plan to better parking on campus since students were dissatisfied with the current situation.

Ultimately, our plan consisted of reallotting parking spaces, specifically the spots designated to those living in apartments, and increasing the color diversity of parking stickers.

The administration assigning this task to SGA , the body that represents students, naturally allowed for a more open dialogue between students and the police department. Since this resolution’s passage, SGA’s relationship with OBU’s police department has significantly bettered, which will prove to be beneficial in the future with whatever conflicts arise.

Additionally, OBU’s campus is relatively small in comparison to large universities. Walking from the Noble Center to Shawnee Hall would seem convenient at schools like Oklahoma University or Oklahoma State University. We need to accept having to walk a rather short, and maybe inconvenient distance if not receiving a parking ticket is the result.

The new commuter/faculty lots going in behind Ford Music Hall and across Midland next to the Art Annex (123 spots total) will bring much alleviation to the problem of not having convenient parking. More importantly, since the lots are located behind buildings and are not visible when driving down University Street, the beauty of our campus will be preserved.

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