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April Fool's: ODU Parking to be Affected by 2016-2017 School Year

April Fool’s: ODU Parking to be Affected by 2016-2017 School Year
George Plank
Staff Writer

The ODU Office of Transportation and Parking Services recently announced that parking on campus will be affected by a minor event. Students should expect parking to be negatively impacted by the entirety of the 2016-2017 school year.

Regular commuters should recognize the impediment that the regular school year is on the majority of parking spaces. Hard working students that arrive at noon often have to struggle against spots that are set aside for those that arrive prior to 9 a.m.

“It can sometimes be a real struggle finding parking in the morning,” said Stu Dent, third-year commuter. “It becomes even more hectic when us students have to directly compete against other students. Events happening at the Ted, or a class in Kaufman Hall only limits the amount of parking available.”

“We can only do so much for these kids,” said Lamè Punn, Director of Parking Services. “We had to close down two parking lots just to accommodate all the new construction that they’re doing. We are doing the best that we can to accommodate”

Students are advised to arrive on campus and find a parking spot at least six hours before their first class begins. This will give every student ample opportunity to find a spot to park. If a student does not arrive before the allotted time they will be required to park in a metered spot. For this reason, students are encouraged to find a parking spot early and consider living in their cars for the duration of the school year.

The Office of Transportation and Student Parking wishes to thank all commuters for their patience during this stressful period. Parking areas should become available after the completion of this particular event.