Alyssa Wilson ~ Assistant Editor
Parking continues to be a persistent complaint among students at the University of Lynchburg. Sophomores Carrington Osborne and Aaron Jones decided they wanted to make a change.
At Lynchburg, white lined parking spaces are designated student parking, yellow lines are for faculty and staff and The Nest, and a large, fenced in parking lot on the outskirts of campus is for freshmen parking.
A couple of weeks ago, Osborne received an electronic parking ticket stating she was parked in a fire lane although there were other cars around and white lines were still visible. After talking about the parking situation over lunch with some friends, she decided she wanted to do something about it. “I have had issues with parking because I get back late from work, usually anywhere between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. and not being able to find a parking spot that late at night is stressful,” Osborne says.
Osborne went and spoke to campus safety and security about the issues she was having and a campus safety and security staffer urged her to start a petition, stating that if she got a certain number of signatures they might be able to do something about it.
Osborne and Jones teamed up to start a petition and spread the word. They put pictures of the petition up on their Snapchat stories and soon tens of students were reposting to their own stories urging others to sign the petition.
In just over a week, the petition had enough signatures to garner a meeting with Student Government Association president, senior Matthew Gillett and Deputy Director of Campus Safety and Security, Dean Caifano that took place on Wednesday, September 1.
Caifano says, “At the meeting we discussed the lack of convenient parking and potential solutions. I suggested the formation of a parking task force to address these concerns and which is in the works.”
Osborne and Jones concerns included that:
- The faculty parking spaces in the Turner Gymnasium lot should be for students as more faculty parking was added behind the library at the beginning of the semester.
- The old basketball and tennis courts behind Westover Hall be renovated to accommodate more parking spaces for students.
Jones says, “We met with the head of campus safety and security and they’re in the process of hopefully getting us a meeting with the President.”
Osborne says, “ We are unsure of how long this process may take. Some say by next semester and some say years from now, but all I can do is try. Knowing I gave it my all will make me feel accomplished.”
Please contact Carrington Osborne at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in signing the petition or being involved in the task force.