COB Parking Unnecessary Struggle

Cars line up on the lawn of st. Charles Borromeo due to lack of available parking spots.  Photo provided by Lewis University Police. 

Laura Fox, News Editor

The newly relocated and renovated College of Business is set up and ready to go for students at St. Charles Borromeo. The only issue that remains is the lack of parking space available for the abundance of vehicles.

It is obvious that Lewis University put a great deal of planning into relocating the College of Business to St. Charles Borromeo. A considerate amount of renovations had to be done to host one of the largest departments on campus, such as revamping already present classrooms, adding furniture and lounge space for students, and creating multiple technology labs.

One thing that seems to have missed the checklist, however, is the planning for many more vehicles, considering the large enrollment in the College of Business.

With a greater number of students at a location that is relatively far from the rest of campus, a multitude of cars is to be expected. And the number of vehicles appears to be greater than the number of available parking spaces.

With this lack of parking spaces, students have taken it upon themselves to create their own spots; in the parking lot aisles or on the grass of the open field next door. These choices are not only unsafe, but also illegal.

Chief Michael Zegadlo of the Lewis University Police Department explains, “Students have been parking on the grass, causing damage; or in the parking lot aisles causing obstructions which result in minor collisions as cars attempt to squeeze through increasingly narrow lanes.”

Not only are students putting their vehicles and other students’ vehicles in danger by parking in places that are not designated for parking; they are also putting themselves in danger when it comes to parking tickets.

Zegadlo explains, “We have issued written warnings and parking citations to the most egregious violators: those parking in the grass and in parking lot aisles.”

Along with the dangers of damaging other vehicles, students are causing an even bigger issue: parking in front of fire hydrants.

Next to issuing warnings and parking citations, Lewis University Police Department is working hard to make students aware of the dangers of parking illegally, and also letting students know there is more parking available on the other side of the building.

Zegadlo explains, “Currently, students are drawn to parking in the east lot (SB-1), most likely because that side of the building is closest to the classrooms currently being used by Lewis. I think many students are unaware that additional student parking is available in lot SB-4 on the west side of the facility.

We have distributed parking maps throughout the facility as well as hand delivered the maps to students, faculty and staff during face to face contact through our roaming Campus Safety Assistants.

We have requested cooperation from faculty in distributing information to their classes, but this request was seen as an intrusion into the teaching and learning process.”

Students, faculty, and visitors to the College of Business at St. Charles Borromeo need to be aware of the available parking on the other end of the building and utilize it to eliminate the prominent dangers affecting the lot closest to the building.

Zegadlo says, “On the long term, the University will need to consider on-going expansion, especially related to St. Charles Borromeo. Presently, there are no plans to add to or enhance parking, but I would imagine the administration will continue to evaluate parking needs at the facility going forward.”

As the facilities at St. Charles continue to expand, a new parking plan must be considered to successfully host the growing amount of people visiting the building. But for the time being, students will have to make due with parking on the side of the building further away from the classrooms to avoid any parking dangers and citations.

 

Laura Fox is a senior double majoring in journalism and public relations/advertising, with a minor in social media. She is the Editor-in-Chief of The Flyer. She has her own fashion blog, The Fashionable Fox, and is also Corey Crawford’s biggest fan. She dreams of someday working in community relations for the NHL.

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