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Parking Emergency?

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Hey guys, it's Andy here with another blog. Hope your week was swell.

Recently, the university sent out an email acknowledging that they know there are problems with parking. They apologized and thanked the students for their patience. Well deserved and it couldn't have come soon enough.

I some some positive and negatives from the email and I wanted to share with you all. I know a lot of students don't bother reading their emails, so I'm going to break this down in the most interesting way possible.

Positives:
  • The school actually recognized that there is a crisis. Good first step.
  • They mentioned the budget increase toward parking.
  • New parking garages are in the works, although there were no specifications.
  • Willing to waive parking tickets on a case by case basis.
  • Additional online services on the way.
  • Positive future.
Negatives:
  • Admitted there won't be a quick solution. [Seniors/juniors won't be seeing significant improvements probably]
  • Fails to recognize the crisis in detail, meaning they really need to see how bad the lots get at times.
  • Nothing about why they handed out so many parking commitments without having a good amount of spaces.
  • Still suggesting students to use alternative parking spots, which is a problem within itself. I have heard many students complain on the speed of the transportation when they park at spaces away from campus.
My quick [band-aid] solution:
  • Make another line for transportation: East to North. Whether that means more buses or additional shuttles, it could help immensely. Make sure residents don't take advantage of it during peak hours for commuters.
  • Leniency on parking stickers, meaning there are some open spaces in the parking lot that aren't legal spaces, but there's plenty of space to park there. They should let that go.
  • Would a counter work? A counter that tracks how many cars have gone in and out of a certain parking lot. Just food for thought.

That's the email in a nutshell. I realize it's an issue that we all must work toward. I hope it gets solved quickly rather than gradually. The mental annoyance commuters suffer from this is indescribable.

That's it for today, check back later! A shout out goes to my supervisor, Elaine Keough, for giving me kudos for mentioning the calendar. So here it is one more time! If you are curious as to what that is, check out my previous blogs.

Comments are appreciated and voice your opinion on this! Til next time,

Andy

Almost 25%!

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Hey guys, it's Andy with another rendition of my fantastic blog! [eh...]

Yes we are almost 25% through with the semester! Can you believe it? Seems like we got back yesterday. Hope you guys are enjoying your semester so far.

I have been enjoying this semester so far, and I am trying hard to squeeze in some good activities in my tight schedule, since I have to commute 2 hours everyday to go back and forth from school.

Intramural sports has started. It's never too late to sign up, since you can join as a free agent on any squad. But that squad needs to accept you now in order for you to play. We are playing broomball right now and I gotta say, it's pretty much the best sport ever. If you don't know what broomball is, here is an idea: Link

If you have been following my blogs for a bit, I am a big fan of having everyone participate in whatever the university has to offer. Remember guys, we pay to come to this school and it's up for us to utilize and take the fun out of it. Intramurals is a great way to do it.

One more thing I want you guys to check out before I go! This is the UML Calendar page and it updates the events that goes on in school so you have an idea of what, when, and where it's going to happen. Link It's not a must see site, but I'd check it every once in a while to see if anything peaks my interest.

That's it for today. I'll be back next time with something to rant about haha.

-Andy
Hello guys! It's Andy here with the blog. I had many options for this blog, but I decided to focus on the most interesting one: snow days.

So as you all know, school was delayed on Tuesday and cancelled on Wednesday. Needless to say, there was a little bit of drama amongst us commuters with the school's decisions.

If anyone remembers the weather conditions on Tuesday, it was bad. I live an hour away from campus to commute everyday. It's quite a long drive and a very dangerous one since I drive a very light car. It slips all the time.

So I was hoping for a cancellation of classes on Tuesday, until I read the email that said classes after 2pm are cancelled, and everything before it aren't. Now I didn't read this until I got back home, after I decided that the weather is too harsh for me to go to school. The text message alert came real late.

Fortunately, my professors cancelled classes, since they had some common sense. It was pretty much asking for trouble to drive on Tuesday. Some professors penalize students for not attending classes. What if you simply couldn't make it? What would the school have done in order to accommodate that?

Apparently, there were some complaints, so the school sent out emails claiming that the decision was purely based on forecasts. I mean seriously though. What kind of excuse is that? The email also included the phrase "use your best judgment" when commuting to school.

Can the school be more clear on this? Will I be penalized for using my best judgment? I simply cannot fight mother nature.

Needless to say, I wasn't a happy man on Tuesday. I was quite shocked school wasn't cancelled. What if I had driven half way up to Lowell to receive that text message? It would have not been pretty.

That's it for my rant haha. Come back later this week to read about another issue!

-Andy

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