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SMC adjusts parking system

Kelly Meehan | Friday, January 30, 2004

Saint Mary’s has adjusted its parking system to more efficiently handle overcrowding and other problems due to the recent snow and inclement weather.

Although the parking lot behind Angela’s Athletic Center is designated as the main student lot, the College now permits students to park in the LeMans, Regina, Madeleva and Dalloway’s Clubhouse parking lots from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. Two other lots have also been set aside for special purposes. The Senior Parking Lot is located next to the Angela Parking Lot, and Rows 2-8 of the Science lot have been reserved for commuting students.

Despite these measures, however, students expressed anger at citations they received for parking violations while they were trying to find parking in the snow.

“I am frustrated by the small amount of parking space and the confusion about where I can and cannot park,” freshman Claire Anderberg said. “I am especially upset over this because I have received three parking violations from parking in the wrong lot at the wrong time.”

Additional parking is something toward which the Saint Mary’s community continues to work. However, there are no definite plans to create new parking sites in the near future, said Security and Safety Program Coordinator Chris Pennino.

“During the first part of each academic year, there are some complaints about parking, but our students get acclimated to the College’s parking lots, rules and procedures rather quickly,” said Pennino.

In addition to extra parking, SMC Security also provides an escort service to safely drive students from their cars to their dorms during hours of darkness.

“Students are asked to remain in the warmth and safety of their car with their headlights on so that our escort driver is alerted to their location,” Pennino said.

Saint Mary’s students are allowed to have a car throughout all four years of school, as long as they purchase a $50 year-long parking pass and abide by all parking and driving regulations. Students who are found in violation of the rules may be fined a $15 fee.