by LAURA TAYLOR
On Tuesday March 27 UMW Parking Management began to prepare for the renovation of Willard Hall by closing the faculty and staff parking lot behind Monroe Hall. The UMW faculty were notified of its closure sometime around March 13.
By SARAH BOND
Fredericksburg is quickly becoming a college town and it’s time for local lawmakers to embrace that. While the City has never explicitly said it doesn’t want to invite a lot of college students to the area or become a “college town,” the actions of lawmakers tell a different story. This is specifically shown through the lack of parking for students, new unaffordable housing developments and the plans which the city has set for Fredericksburg moving forward.
By ALEXIS ZIRPMOULIS
Having a car is supposed to make your everyday life easier and more efficient. In most cases this is true. But as a commuter at the University of Mary Washington driving along College Avenue or attempting to park your car on campus Monday through Friday, easy is the last word that comes to mind. The campus is not safely equipped to handle the amount of traffic produced by commuter students on campus each day, and unfortunately, these issues only get worse when a special event is being held on campus property.
By JOHN JAMISON
On Nov. 14, the Fredericksburg City Council discussed and decided not to move forward with a new parking plan that would have affected the entire UMW community. The proposed plan from the City’s Parking Advisory Committee was instead sent back by the Council. Intended to take effect in January, the original plan proposed a resident permit parking system that would make the streets in the College Heights and College Terrace neighborhoods off limits to the general public including the faculty, staff and student body of UMW.
By JACKSON DOWNEY
The Eagle Landing parking deck has recently been experiencing a variety of technical difficulties, leading to frustrated students.
The city of Fredericksburg is making new changes to the Parking Action Plan because of the existing challenges for locals parking downtown. These changes include a two-hour restriction for cars parked along the 500 to 600 blocks of William Street. This policy will replace the old unlimited parking limit to hopefully allow for more free spaces throughout the day.
By WILLIAM ATKINSON
Over the past two years of having my car at school, I have received several parking tickets from the school and from Fredericksburg City. Even leaving my car in the Jepson parking lot or on College Avenue for five minutes, I always expect to find a ticket. Students are being unfairly subjected to parking fees from overzealous Fredericksburg City parking enforcers, and the school as well. Why is parking such an issue at UMW?
By WILL BRORSEN
To ensure that I can make it to class on time I have to leave early everyday not because of traffic, but rather due to the lack of available parking at the University of Mary Washington. It is a great feeling when you snag the last parking spot in the lot, and likewise it’s not so great when you have to keep driving to the next lot. Filled commuter lots cause competition for parking spaces, and even cause some students to stay on campus for hours between classes because they are afraid of losing their parking spot. Many students anxiously circle around lots hoping they can find a spot in time for their class.
By STEPHANIE COOK
Many University of Mary Washington students struggle with the lack of available parking, but recently the university has taken steps to address this issue. Last fall parking management began taking steps to find more spaces for UMW students to park. Parking management noticed that the William Street lot often boasted around 50 empty spots, and decided to take action and allow for some UMW resident students to park there.
By REBECCA MELSON
For more than a year now, I have commuted over an hour to attend classes at the University of Mary Washington. I have driven in extremely bad weather. I even make myself drive when I would rather sleep in. Why? Because the education that is offered at UMW is superior, encouraging critical thought and inspiring the next generation to be of a democratic and liberating mind. I was surprised when I found out first-hand how strict some parts of the university are.
By REBECA MURPHY
Everyone has their own unique college experience, but being a non-traditional student can create a negative experience. Some students are transfers, commuters, full-time career- building family providers – some are like me: a 23 years old, newly married, transfer, commuter, and full-time student. That’s a lot to handle sometimes.
By BRIDGET BALCH
There is one issue, of the many the students of the University of Mary Washington must face, that rises above all others. It’s not the reallocation of resources, the cost of textbooks or even the alleged gender discrimination in housing. No, it’s something that, should it continue to go unresolved, may result in fatal consequences.
By LINDLEY ESTES
Cars parked in lots around Eagle Landing that aren’t designated for student parking will be towed beginning Oct. 1.
Cars with green decals will be confined to the third, fourth and fifth levels of the Eagle …
According to the Fredericksburg municipal code, UMW commuter students aren’t allowed to park on the streets surrounding campus.
Students are prohibited from parking anywhere from Stafford Ave. to Kenmore Ave. and Hanover St. to Grove Ave., meaning that if you …
Despite state-wide budget cuts, UMW officials have placed a prominent focus on improving the student escort service with increases in the program’s budget.
According to Executive Vice President Rick Hurley and Paul Messplay, executive director of budget and financial analysis, …
By ERIC STEIGLEDER
In accordance with a motion introduced by Student Senate, the first level of the student parking deck will now be reserved for residential students with yellow decals only. This change comes amidst continuing student concerns over UMW’s …
By SARAH SANDERS
Out of concern for the safety of students, UMW has decided to increase the number of campus security guards on duty during the evening hours.
With the limited number of on-campus parking spots as a result of …
By Sara Marron
This year, three levels of the University Parking Deck located off of Alvey Drive are no longer available for use by residential students, according to the Public Safety and Community Support Services website.
Aggressive construction across campus …
BY MEGAN EICHENBERG
A slight increase in the number of parking tickets issued on College Avenue is due to the opening of a new semester, amd additional enforcement by city and UMW officers due to citizen concerns and student misunderstandings …
By Johannah O’Keefe
As of Monday, January 12, the Office of Public Safety has instituted changes to the parking policy and traffic regulations on campus in response to student complaints and recommendations of the Student Senate. The changes will …
By LANDON JAMES
New Weekend Parking Open to Residential Students
Residential students at the University of Mary Washington can now park in commuter parking lots from 5 p.m. on Fridays until 7 a.m. Mondays.
These lots include the parking deck …
By GRACIE HART
It was an early Tuesday afternoon and the recently-opened parking deck at the University of Mary Washington resembled a ghost town. The first and second levels of the garage had only ten cars parked in them combined, …