WSU students will have to pay for convenient parking

By: Jordan Shefte Email
By: Jordan Shefte Email

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WICHITA, Kan. This may not come as a shocker, but students say finding a parking stall on Wichita State's campus can be a bit of a headache.

"We've only been here this summer and it's been crowded just in the summertime." said students Lacey and Haley. "It will probably get even worse just when the school year starts I think."

But school administrators are trying to alleviate the problem by charging students an extra fee to park this year.

"I'm surprised," said student Patrick Dinh. "I've been here for a few years and it's just now that they start charging for parking, it just kind of comes as an unexpected move."

"I sort of expected it," said student Jamie Stephens. "They've been doing a lot of construction over here by the Rhatigan, so I'm sure that's costing the school a lot of money and I'm not surprised."

The cost will be $120 for the whole year, but students can still park for free at the Hughes Metropolitan Complex and take the shuttle to campus.

"The whole purpose of that is to cause you to think about do I really need to sit out in the parking lot and hunt, or I can go right up there, pull in, get on an air conditioned bus and be at my class much faster," said WSU President John Bardo.

Some students are willing to bite the bullet and pay for convenience, but others aren't as quick to hand over more cash.

"I think it's a little ridiculous," said student TJ Rigg. "It's a bit much for just one year of parking."

Whichever option they choose, students will need to come to a decision by August 11th, which is when the change takes effect.


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