Students parked in like sardines

Students parked in like sardines
  The Ampitheatre parking lot has filled up with both commuters and residential students.

The Ampitheatre parking lot has filled up with both commuters and residential students.

Patrice Gomez

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On Monday Jan. 30, the Whittier College Parking Committee released an email regarding a new update for parking on campus. While some of the parking lots will still remain the same, there is one change to the plan. Originally, the Amphitheatre Lot was designated for returning commuters.  According to the new update, all students that are commuters (except for first-year commuters) and residents (all years) will be able to park in the Amphitheatre Lot. The change took full effect on the first day of the Spring Semester, and there have been a variety of responses from the campus. 

“I am not upset, and I am not angry. It is just annoying and inconvenient for both commuters and residential students. There has to be better coordination on campus,” said third-year Christian Rivera

“Parking is always terrible, which says something since we’re a small school. It’s bad because now we either have to find parking really far, or not even on campus, and sometimes have to come early to get a decent parking spot,” said first-year Carmen Jaimes.

“This is the largest parking lot on campus. Why wouldn’t it already be designated to all students? The parking issue has been a waste of time, money, and unnecessary conflict and confusion since the construction started on the SLC,” said an anonymous student.

“I thought parking was the same as last year. Parking on campus was hard for residents because the lots are so small, but then we have so many commuters and professors. Nothing really meshes in,” said second-year Alexa Lidskin.  

The students, whether they might be commuters or residents, may have mixed feelings about how this parking plan will turn out, but for right now, they will have to find a solution. If commuters don’t  arrive to campus early enough, they might risk spending extra time driving through multiple lots to find a space — and that’s if they’re lucky.  Whether your journey to class is a few minutes away by foot from your residence hall or a stressful bumper-to-bumper trek on the freeway, there will be some time until the Parking Committee’s plan and its various quirks will have even the slightest effect on campus.