Parking Problem Plague ASU

November 30, 2005--Posted at 6:25 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR- Class starts in ten minutes and you are still trying to find a parking spot.    It's a scenario faced by many Arkansas State University students everyday. To park or not to park that is the question students are asking everyday at ASU.

"A lot of people are parking illegally just to get to class on time," said student Jacob Small.

For students at Arkansas State parking is a real problem. Students are going to great lengths to secure a primo parking spot.

"You watch the doors and as soon as someone walks out of the door you follow them with your eyes and drive slow and hope you can get that parking spot," said Small.

The university says it issues around 10,000 decals a year and has over 8,000 parking spots throughout campus. But because of night classes and commuter students the parking lots are never completely full. For students the parking dilemma is because of mismanagement.

"There are enough spots they are just in the wrong places the university says they have added spaces they are over by the police station and the problem is there are no classes by the police station," said Small.

When it comes to walking distance the university believes the students don't have to walk that far.

"We stay within parking standards as far as in walking distance and that is in 3 to 5 minutes which is really standard in the parking industry," said ASU Vice Chancellor Dr. Rick Stripling.

Compared to the time it takes to travel at other universities around the country a walk at ASU isn't that bad.

"Think about other schools and universities, this is a small campus," said student Steven Edwards.

Edwards thinks the problem is more the students' unwillingness to walk.

"There is parking on the street, there is the Convocation Center, parking is everywhere it is part of the obesity problem, get out of your car and walk," said Edwards.

The majority of students feel the parking issue still needs to be resolved.