Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Increased enrollment equals increased problems 

By: Stacy Gail Garza 

SAN MARCOS- Breaking enrollment at Texas State University for the seventeenth consecutive year has caused difficulties in parking and transportation to campus for faculty and students.

The university has set a record enrollment once again. At 36,700 students for the fall 2014 semester, many obstacles have been encountered, parking being the main one.

According to the Parking Services website, the campus statistics show that the population of our university is 38,225, but the number of parking spaces available is 13,670. Students and faculty that do not drive their personal vehicles to school take the shuttle.

Brianna Jennings, junior, said it’s always really hard for her to get onto a bus in the afternoons.

“There’s a lot of pushing and shoving, and the buses leave a lot of people standing up,” said Jennings, “I feel bad for the people who can’t get on.”

Many students agree that the university should continue to grow, but that better accommodations with housing and especially parking should be made. Freshman Esperanza Estrada agrees that the university should continue to grow but only under certain circumstances.

“I think it should grow, but it should also expand, like more buildings,” said Estrada. More buildings would mean more parking which would prevent such a tight squeeze on the trams for some students that would prefer to drive to campus.

For the students driving to campus, finding parking in order to make it on time to their class has been a struggle.

“I have to basically get here early in order to get a parking spot and make it to class on time,” said senior Chris Murray.

Murray is one of the many who struggle with getting to classes on time. Senior, Megan McCann has lived off campus for the past three years and each year she has to move closer and closer.

“You lose like a good hour trying to get to school,” said McCann. “I have 8am classes and I have to wake up extra early.”

While the struggle for many students to get to school on time is hard, Wes Clary, a junior who transferred to Texas State University from a small community college, thinks that problems like this will never be solved.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been to a college that has the parking situation under control,” said Clary.

Mornings too afternoon, the trams and parking lot continue to be overcrowded. Students will continue facing these obstacles if our enrollment continues to increase. Not only does the increased enrollment affect the students driving to campus but the majority of the students who ride the tram as well on a daily basis.

Information regarding the Bobcat Tram routes and schedule is available online at the Texas State Department of Transportation website. You can also call Texas State Parking Services at 512-245-2887 or email them at parking@txstate.edu for updates on parking and parking permits for campus.

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