By Bruce Fiolek
I rarely take my car onto campus. However, I recently drove to a meeting near the ICT building. I honestly thought parking was free on Saturdays. Silly me. I found a $20 ticket on my windshield when I emerged. “No problem,” I thought. “I’ll just pay this within seven days and owe only $10.”
That Friday, I presented my ticket to the Campus Security Office in the MacEwan Student Centre and was informed, “you pay those at the McMahon Stadium 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.” So much for paying early. Several days later, I thought I’d duck in to McMahon Stadium to pay my ticket.
I admit, I don’t attend many university events at the stadium, and I’m still in the dark as to where, exactly, one goes to pay these tickets. I wound up mailing my ticket in as a money order, as one is instructed “do not mail cash.”
Many students recently voted for their SU candidates, myself included. Moreover, I do rank among those who believe these positions merely bolster a person’s resume more than anything else and that student unions in general are ineffectual bodies at best.
So here’s my lowly request to our up-coming SU:
Set up a parking & traffic ticket paying service more convenient for students. In the Campus Security Office in MSC for instance.
That’s it. I’ve long since resigned myself to annual tuition increases (Surprise, SU!). The above request is all I have. It’s something I believe is actually possible and not too expensive. Now, let’s wait… and see what happens…