Students voice concerns about parking availabilty on campus


Marc Ramirez/ EDGE Editor

Daria Levchenko and a concerned students voice their concerns about parking on campus.

Marc Ramirez, edge editor

The Student Government Association held a Parking Forum Thursday night in the Sandburg Theatre to give students a chance to address frustrations and concerns with current conditions at Western.

President Grant Reed, Vice President Madison Lynn, Director of Student Services Daria Levchenko and Attorney General Kelly Rogers were all SGA cabinet members in attendance hosting the forum.

Reed and Levchenko explain that the forum came to be during a committee breakout session during a general assembly meeting. The Legislative Development Committee recognized the concern that students have about the back end of the commuter/ faculty lot across from Horrabin never being full and questioned about transforming it into a Q-Lot. This idea sparked conversation across the committee about potential changes to make student life more convenient. By holding a forum, it gives students who don’t talk to a SGA Senator the opportunity to still voice their thoughts.

Senator at Large Derek Lahey voiced the fact that next year’s incoming freshmen will be housed in Lincoln, Washington and Thompson Halls. With this, it is hoped that they will only be sold Q-Lot passes so that upperclassmen receive priority parking.

“If you look at all three residence halls that will be online next year, there is actually a Q-Lot near each of them,” Lahey said. “For Linc/Wash/ Grote, L-Lot actually extends out all the way towards Murray Street where there is a Q-Lot. By the Alumni house there is actually a Q-Lot where the overflow parkers from Corbin students park. The parking lot located by the baseball field and Western Hall also serve as overflow for Thompson.”

Lahey also brought up the fact that students who have C, T and L-Lot passes are able to park in any Q-Lot; therefore, they should be sold at a marked up price to incentivise students to get better parking by paying more as well as increasing revenue for Parking Services.

“I personally can say that I would pay $20 more to ensure that I always have a parking spot in the main lot,” Lahey said.

Attendees also discussed issues of potholes across campus. Chunks of pavement laying in the road as well as chunks of pavement missing from the road not only give the university an unappealing look, but it damages cars and is a potential safety risk. People in attendance also made it known that students who are able-bodied and disabled can risk getting hurt tripping over or by stepping in one of these potholes.

Meters was the next topic to hit the floor. It was brought up that there are no classes that are 30 minutes long, so why do we have 30 minute meters. Students were also concerned about the fact that there is no policy in place that explains how often or a time increment for subsequent meter violation tickets.

For more information or to voice more concerns people are encouraged to contact Levchenko at