Opinion: Not every proposal is practical

Every Tuesday the student government holds meetings in the Cambria Room. From 9 to sometimes midnight, student representatives discuss issues and campus life improvements – the latest, parking.

Among the senators, Student Affairs and Campus Development Committee chairman Allen Skoranski stood out. He took the floor and all the senators listened attentively. His recent efforts in his parking proposal showed in the pages of documents he handed out.

For Skoranski, opposing committees such as the Student Policies Committee put up a challenge. But that may be necessary, as more thorough discussions would follow.

However, applying modifications and throwing it out the window completely are two different things. In the Policies Committee members’ recent efforts, they sought to remove parking passes, which would subsequently lead to a free-for-all for students and anyone else with a vehicle on campus.

While it may seem nice for students to save $85 each year, and to park wherever they please with a first-come-first-served mentality, it could become quite chaotic.

According to Skoranski, by removing parking fees, it would cause deficits in road-maintenance and snow-removal efforts, which would lead administrators to pursue other means to charge for them.

Skoranski warned if it were to ever come to this, it would mean every student would contribute to maintain parking standards whether they have a vehicle on campus or not.

While we appreciate our student representatives’ efforts to ensure students getting the better end of the deal – even if that means to debate until midnight – we hope for a more rational proposal, instead of opposing just for opposing’s sake.

Whatever student leaders decide, it is well past due that campus administrators do something to revamp a system that does not work.

We worry that administrators with parking spaces specifically designated for them have become, and will continue to be, oblivious to any parking problem.

Student leaders are doing their jobs of representing students by proposing changes for a system that does not work for many.