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Give parking gripes a brake

With the sudden increase in enrollment at the University of La Verne, a big concern among the student body has become parking, or the lack of parking.

Students have complained that the parking situation needs to be fixed because they have spent so much time looking for parking that they have been late to class on several occasions.

If the students would take the time to look for parking somewhere besides by the library, in front of the Campus Center or what used to be the tennis courts, they would find that, in reality, parking is not such a colossal problem.

The real problem is laziness. Students at La Verne just don’t like to be inconvenienced.

During the peak hours of school, 9 a.m. to noon and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., of course it is going to be difficult to find parking in the most populated areas of campus.

Commuters are arriving during those times, causing an influx of students and a lack of parking in areas near to the school.

Especially when we are rushing to get to class, instead of arriving five or 10 minutes earlier.

So it is time to stop looking for that coveted spot next to the Campus Center and step outside our comfort zones.

Drive just east of D Street and you will see multiple spots open along the street that are not three hour parking and do not require a permit.

Across from The Oaks dormitories, on E Street, are two parking lots that almost always have spaces available.

Even though these lots are a tad farther than the library lot, it is the University of La Verne, not the University of Southern California.

Our campus covers four city blocks, while USC is a city within itself. Parking is not an issue here. Period.

We just need to give ourselves an extra five to 10 minutes to walk to our classes.

Do not plan on getting to school at 8:55 a.m. when your class starts at 9 a.m.

And students who live on campus, please do not drive from the Oaks to Founder’s Hall. You are taking up the parking spaces near to class, causing congestion.

Plus, you look really embarrassingly lazy.

As Californians, walking seems like a foreign concept, but it is time that we accept it and start doing it.

The weather is great right now, take advantage of the sunshine and warmth before it starts raining and we have to drive.

Plus, the extra walk will give you an excuse to take an extra desert or helping of mashed potatoes at Davenport.

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