A morning in the life of a student -- trying to get to class

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I want to tell you a little bit about myself before I go on a rant, in order to provide some context to the situation. I am a third year student and have been driving to and from uni since my first day, since I happen to be a mature student and have been driving for longer than I care to admit.

In the time I’ve spent here, I’ve learnt that there are things you do that get you clamped, and things you do that don’t. For instance, if you park outside the blue lines but are not blocking anyone’s way, you get off scot free whereas if your parking position causes another person stress, you must pay up for adding an obstacle to the parking race. So far so good right?

Naturally, I understand that rules are to be followed, but when it feels like you’re at war with a company, and the reason for your presence on the university grounds is simply to attend a lecture or to hand in the assignment that kept you up all night, I really feel like the situation is more than unfair. You might be thinking I am taking this too personally, so hear me out because when I present the following facts to you, I might have more people on my side than you think:

1 Why are students the only people on campus who seem to get clamped? If rules are there to be followed, why not penalize everyone for parking outside a box? Just like people who work at university have some sort of grey area for parking, why can’t we? For crying out loud we are just trying to make it in time for a lecture after all!

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2 Since a large part of Car park 6 has been closed off at super short notice, why take away random spots around campus that really didn’t bother anyone in the first place? Car Park 4, also known as the quad parking area, had 3 spots in the middle which worked well until someone decided to stick a laminated paper to the wall to ‘inform’ students that was no longer going to be tolerated.

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3 When car-pooling was taking place at the top of Car Park 6, the security guard had a list of people who had applied for carpooling for the day and reserved the amount of spots necessary. Now that it has been moved, the entire car park is closed off, regardless of how many spots are needed, whilst the parkers drive in with their own cars and park in one of the student boxes even though TECHNICALLY blue is not their colour.

Car Park 4 at 9.25am

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Car Park 4 at 9.25am

I know that some of you might think I’m simply complaining because I lost the battle this morning and didn’t make it to my lecture so I’m bitter — I should have arrived earlier and parked. I admit, I didn’t make it in time to score a good spot but I also happen to have a lecturer who doesn’t allow anybody into class if we are more than 10 minutes late at 8 am. My circumstances have led me to sit in my car for an hour since I arrived on campus at 7.59am and didn’t make it in time to satisfy my lecturer’s demands. I had to walk up from the track and made it to my classroom area at 8.10 which is unacceptable to my lecturer, leaving me with ample time and adrenaline to write this up.

My faults, however, do not change the facts that I have outlined above, and it leaves me to wonder if anyone in a higher circle is aware of the fact that students are being clamped, and threatened with fines for parking.

Finally, I would like to say Thank You to KSU for opening parking down at the track at the beginning of this semester and handling the backlash that the decision threw at them. Without this option, the situation would have me typing out rants like this daily. I understand that some people might claim that this might have been a great opportunity for alternative transport but everyone should take a moment and think that such drastic changes must be introduced slowly not overnight.

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Danielle Pala

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