November 30, 2005--Posted at 6:25 p.m. CDT
"A lot of people are parking illegally just to get to class on time," said student Jacob Small.
"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.