Student parking wars continue as restrictions increase

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How many times has this happened to you: you get in your car and leave 15 minutes early for class to find a parking space on campus, only to find that it will inevitably take you 20 minutes to find a parking space.

Pacific and the Forest Grove police have cracked down on where students may or may not park, causing a lengthy battle to find a simple parking space.

While there are many spots in residential areas as well as on College Way Avenue, those are not enough. Many students have found it challenging to find a parking spot that will allow them to attend class on time.

A week ago I had a class in Marsh Hall and searched for a parking spot on campus. Parking spaces were filled from the lot behind Cascade Hall all the way up College Way.

I finally had to settle for a parking spot all the way in the back of Stoller Center, which in turn made me 10 minutes late for class.

The university is obliged to make sure that we, as students, have an opportunity to park and not worry about tardiness due to a poor parking situation.

Pacific University admitted a large freshman class this year and I can only imagine the classes will continue to grow. It is necessary Pacific designates a larger parking lot for those who commute to campus every day because there are not enough spaces for commuters and students living on campus.

By doing this, it will make it easier for those who do not live on campus to get to class on time.


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