Parking shortage causes commuting difficulties

Parking spaces closest to the university entrance are the first to reach maximum capacity. • photo by Bethanie Gengler

Parking shortages at UW-Fox have caused issues for students trying to find a spot before class in the mornings.

“If you get here before the 8 a.m. classes, you can find a spot, but otherwise there aren’t enough spaces,” UW-Fox Freshman Madison McMahon said.

To get around this problem, students like Freshman Kaitlyn Van De Hey sometimes parks at the far end of the parking lot or at the bowling alley across the street.

“It’s a long walk from the bowling alley, especially if you are late for class. It’s so windy some mornings [that] your hair is flying in your face, and you can’t see where you are walking and you get wind burned,” Van De Hey said.

Last semester, the City of Menasha Police Department began patrolling campus parking lots, which has led to an increase in the number of students receiving parking tickets.

“I parked in the bus only spot for half an hour, and [when] I came out, I had a ticket on my car,” sophomore Hannah Cotnoir said.

Students must not park in staff lots, visitor parking or bus parking. Handicapped parking requires a permit, and energy-efficient vehicle parking is reserved for LEED-qualified cars.

Students are required to have a parking permit and sticker on their car, which can be obtained from the student services office. Tina Koch, associate director of Student Affairs, said.

“Every student gets a free parking pass at advising and registration. We actually encourage students to get a free parking permit for every vehicle in their household … We’ll be happy to get them one,” Tina Koch, associate director of Student Affairs, said.

Students can stop at Student Affairs Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.