Thursday, March 5, 2015

Increasing enrollment records effects student parking

By Tessa Andrade

SAN MARCOS- For the 17th consecutive year, Texas State has experienced record-breaking numbers in student growth. Some students are concerned that Texas State is not prepared for this increase in population and are already seeing the affects with lack of parking.

 Freshman nursing majors, Shayna Middleman and Chabria Hines believe that the population increase has caused problems when trying to park close to their dorm hall.

 “It has been terrible.” Middleman said. “Now they are building another hall because there will be more students so they decreased parking. I’m paying a lot of money for that parking pass and I have to drive around for like 10 minutes to get a spot and half the time I can’t even get the spot.”

Chabria Hines also lives on campus, but often parks on Mill Street instead of her designated parking garage for her hall.

“I park on Mill Street because it’s cheaper.” Hines said. “Falls, Sayers, and Blanco Hall all share one parking garage and there’s never any spots.”

The lack of parking does not only effect Middleman and Hines, who are students living on campus, but also commuters like Nicole Kukla who is a Senior Anthropology Major.

Kukla commutes from Austin to campus and even though she owns a parking pass, it is not always easy to find a spot.

“I have a parking pass but it does not guarantee I will get a parking spot.”

Senior Criminal Justice major Ian Varnon also has a commuter-parking pass but says he has to arrive on campus hours before his class to find a parking spot.

“I have a purple pass. Basically, if you’re not here at 7:20 A.M., you won’t get a spot.”

The growth at Texas State has not only effected on campus parking, but also transportation in and around San Marcos.  

Devante Young, Senior Criminal Justice major, has an idea on what the University could do to help find parking easier.

“They should expand parking in different areas outside of San Marcos and create ‘park and rides,’” Young said. “Which will condense the traffic, making finding parking more convenient and traveling a lot safer.”

Senior education major Alexandria Woodward does not think San Marcos can handle the growth put on it by Texas State.

“The town of San Marcos just feels like it’s shrinking,” Woodware said. “Traffic is getting worse; places are getting more packed and even campus feels crowded. This town isn’t big enough for this capacity of students.”

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