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Parking: Share and Share Alike

Thumbnail image for HI Parking1.jpgWhy does the faculty care so much about parking? The answer is simple: professors come and go from the campus each day at different times. The arrive to teach a class, or hold office hours, or do research, or meet with colleague and students.

Unlike administrative and maintenance personnel, they don’t work a fixed shift with a beginning and end. Regrettably, the College does not recognize that if profs spend less time on shuttle buses coming in from and going to satellite parking lots, they could do their jobs better. Not only does the College share parking privileges equally among all its personnel (actually, janitors get the best on-campus spots when they arrive at work before 7pm), but many guests at the Hanover Inn get on-campus parking privileges, too. Leadership is about making choices. How do you evaluate the College’s decisions in this area?

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Note: A disgruntled faculty member reports:

“I came in at 8 this morning for a late morning class (the only way I could get a parking spot nearby that I needed for all the books I carry). The lot near my building was filled with cars, some of which had out of state plates. I looked more closely at one, and lo and behold, as you reported, it was actually a Hanover Inn placement. This year, the administration tripled monthly parking rates. For what? So that faculty could be more displaced than ever?”


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