By Kevin Klenkel
Spectrum Staff Writer
All week, I have been racking my brain, trying to decide the topic of my first op-ed for my last semester. The morning of Sept. 15 made it clear. What the he@# is going on with parking on campus?
My first test of the semester was at 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 15. I decided to come early to find parking. I arrived on campus at 11:30 a.m., after circling each and every commuter parking lot, I finally made my way back to Lot J1. Still with no parking available, I parallel parked on the side street leading up to the performing arts center. I parked at 11:50 a.m. and returned to my car by 1 p.m. To my surprise, I found a pink slip under my windshield wiper.
A ticket, for $35. I was not alone. I counted 14 tickets distributed on cars. In less than an hour BSU made $490. “No big deal,” I thought. Upon further reflection, about a half-second later I realized, “This is bull@#$%!” Provost Weldon Jackson announced that the freshman class enrollment is 953 --- the largest freshman class in the 151-year history of Bowie State University. We’ve had a problem with parking since I began my enrollment in the spring of ‘14.
Something has to be done with this problem. I sincerely hope that these tickets are going to pay for expanding the parking lots. As I drove around after class in my fury, I saw cars parked everywhere; every spot was taken with so many students and faculty (parking lot A had cars parked in non-designated spots) there is a problem.
If tickets were issued for not having a pass it would be one thing, but punishing overflow parking in a system that did not take into consideration the parking situation while it admits more and more commuter students is not just negligent; it is nefarious.