by Adam Cederburg
For students at Longview, the simple act of finding a parking spot before class can be very stressful. If students are not fortunate enough to get one of those prime parking spots the front lots, they are forced to park what feels like half a mile away, in what the students refer to as “the back parking lot.”
To park here is a huge inconvenience. If a student is short on time, chances are they are guaranteed to be late to class if unable to park in one of the front parking lots.
This has happened to Sarah Hughes, who took two semesters at the Longview campus. She attended classes from 10 a.m. – 1 p.s. Hughes had one of the most unfortunate results of the parking. “The very first day of class I was very late, and I ended up dropping that class because there was absolutely no parking at that time,” she said.
Judith Chapman, another student at Longview, had similar sentiments, and she, too, has experienced the embarrassment of walking into class late, through no fault of her own. “It’s embarrassing, especially when I would have been ten minutes early,” Chapman said.
Both students said they believe things that can be done to improve the parking situation for the students, and make it more convenient.
“I think the most cost-effective way to resolve the parking issue is to remove the tiers between the lots. That alone would give four-to-six more rows of parking available to the students,” Chapman said. She also feels that the faculty have far too much parking allocated to them. “Faculty parking is never full. Reduce the size of their parking lots,” she said.”
Hughes felt the same way. “I think they could use the big open space at the front for more parking,” she said. Hughes also a shuttle system from the back parking lot.”
So, is there enough parking at the Longview Campus? The answers appears to be no, there is not. There does seem to be hope that the situation could improve in the future. It is undoubtedly a major problem, and inconvenience for the students currently attending Longview, and the staff needs to take notice and resolve the problem.