The Gatepost Editorial: Petty Parking Protocols

Finding a parking spot at Framingham State University has always been an arduous task.

Whether you are a commuter student circling the parking lot for a half hour before class starts, a professor who is late for class and can’t find a spot in any of the faculty lots or a resident student running out on a Tuesday evening for an errand who must walk 20 minutes back to your dorm from your parking spot, you probably have a grievance or two with the parking regulations.

The parking rules on campus are as confusing as they are unnecessary. There are many lots, such as Salem End and Maynard, which remain empty during the weeknights. Despite this, the few who dare to park in these vacant lots are still ticketed.

Why? What is the point? According to the University Police’s website, “There is limited parking on campus; therefore, we must strictly enforce all the rules and regulations that are contained in the Parking Rules and Regulations booklet.”

Fair enough. However, one would believe FSUPD officers would lighten up at three in the morning and give the owner of the single car in Salem End a break. After all, there are many commuter students who stay on campus late to study, hang out with friends or participate in clubs.

Ticketing them for leaving their car sparked in a commuter lot a few hours late accomplishes nothing besides adding more stress to already broke college students.

Overnight guests who visit on the weekends have to park all the way down in the Maple lots could also make use of the empty Maynard and Salem End lots, which are closer to the residence halls and require less of a hike. 

We at The Gatepost believe there are many paths FSU administrators and University Police could take to improve the parking situation on campus. The first would be to amend the parking regulations and take full advantage of the Maynard and Salem End lots.

If one has a commuter sticker on their car, one should not be punished for parking in a commuter lot simply because of the time. Guests should be able to utilize the lots, as well as resident students and FSU staff when classes are not in session.

Overcrowding in the parking lots has also been a persistent issue. Last week, Dean of Students Melinda Stoops sent out a campus-wide email about the “high volume” of students parking on streets surrounding the campus. The fact that students have now been driven to parking on the streets due to the full commuter lots is unacceptable.

The best solution to this particular problem would be a parking garage. Some may say a parking garage would take time, money and space that FSU simply does not have. However, if FSU built the garage during the summer on an existing parking lot, this would not be an issue.

And as for funding, well, let’s just say they sure do issue a lot of parking tickets.

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