Money wasted: UIW parking permits

By Dana Sotoodeh


Oh, the things you can buy with $200. An Iphone. Your car insurance. The possibilities are endless.

You can also buy a UIW parking pass — but that won’t guarantee you a spot.

Guys and girls: dress cool because you’re going to get used to walking. I’m not talking about the walking you partake in recreationally. This is not the brisk walk you take after sundown while catching up with a close friend. I’m talking about the walk you will take underneath the scorching Texas sun, as you walk from your car to your class — because you will not, I repeat, will not, find a parking spot.

Since last spring, the billion-dollar project funded by the City of San Antonio has caused overwhelming irritation with students, staff and locals in Alamo Heights. With Hildebrand down to one lane, it is impossible to get from one place to another.

For UIW, a new residence hall for students has been built. In addition, the demand for a newly renovated Fine Arts Building has caused necessary access ways to the front of campus to be closed. Although this is beneficial for the university in the long run, it has been nothing but hassle for students and faculty who commute to school or work on a daily basis.

Communication arts major Amanda Alonzo finds herself frustrated with how long it takes to get on and off campus on a daily basis.

“Every day I leave school around 6-ish and I wait in a 15-minute line just to get onto the extremely crowded Hildebrand,” Alonzo said. “Parking is another issue as well. On the second day of class, I arrived to school at 8:45 a.m., only to find myself on the very top level of the parking garage. It’s ridiculous!”

Alonzo expresses her concern for other commuters and agrees something must be done in order for commuting to go smoother. “There is no doubt that more parking is needed. No one should have to waste so much time searching for a single parking spot.”

There seem to be a couple of ways to deal with the parking problem on campus. Students and faculty have been found parking across the street, from businesses as close as Bill Miller’s, to museums down Broadway. Although this somewhat “takes care” of the wasted time spent on fighting for a parking spot, it seems nonsensical to mandate the purchase of a costly parking pass from students and faculty, when parking is usually unavailable. If parking pass purchasers aren’t guaranteed a spot, why are they instructed to obtain one? And if obtaining a parking pass really is necessary, why is its cost more expensive than previous years?

A few things must be brought to the administration’s attention regarding the lack of parking on campus. Students’ tuition is through the roof, and one measly paperback book can cost up to $180. With prices like these, students don’t deserve to waste more of their hard-earned money on something they aren’t reaping benefits from. A plan for expansion of parking should have been considered before tuition money was used for other expenses. Students must vocalize their concern and need for parking so they may attend school without the frequent concern of where they will park.

Until another parking garage or parking lot is built on campus, do yourself a favor and scratch “going to the gym” off your list. Walking is a great exercise, and the amount you will be partaking in will be enough to burn off that stress.

Until then, vocalize your concern for the lack of parking on campus, and try to find other ways to commute to school. There are probably a lot of other things you would rather spend your $200 on anyway.


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