By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. (Jan. 22) –The extremely cold weather outside formed the perfect setting to a presentation on St. Bonaventure University’s parking problems.
At its biweekly meeting, the Student Government Association welcomed Vito Czyz, director of Safety and Security, to discuss what is wrong with the current parking spaces and how the university may try to address the problems in the future.
“Everybody wants to park close, especially on a night like tonight,” said Czyz.
However, the university’s parking design is not that bad compared to area schools, Czyz said. He studied the campuses of nearby schools such as Canisius College, Niagara University and St. John Fisher College and determined they have the same problems that Bonaventure has.
In the fall of 2011, 1,910 tickets were administered, while in the fall of 2012, 1,631 tickets were given out. Over the last two years, the average of tickets being reversed is 70%, said Czyz.
Czyz said Safety and Security counted the average number of available parking spots on campus at “peak time” to determine if the current parking system was adequate.
They found nearly 200 (faculty & student) spots on campus that were open during so-called “peak time.”
Public input is still valued, however.
“We did a parking survey last year,” said Czyz. “We asked people, from students to the administration, whether they knew where to park. The answers we got, whether they knew about parking policies…”
“Ninety percent of the students we surveyed said yes.”
Athletic events pose a whole different problem for the university.
For nearly every men’s basketball game, cars can be seen parked just about anywhere they can fit near the Reilly Center. This is not only illegal, but it also is a fire hazard, said Czyz.
“I’ll be the first to admit the game day parking is not ideal. However, men’s basketball games occur infrequently, relative to the rest of the year.”
Other sports such as baseball attract fans, but not nearly as many cars as for men’s basketball games. However, Czyz said Safety and Security does not give out parking tickets during the games.
All of this could be addressed with more parking spots, but 100 new spots would cost approximately $150,000. If lighting and signs were to be included, it would total $200,000, said Czyz.
An SGA member brought up the possibility of parking lots such as one outside Hopkins Hall and whether those could be used by students during the weekend.
Czyz said the university used to allow that until the Hopkins Hall faculty started to complain about the garbage left in the parking lot. Another SGA member seemed annoyed that the workers in Hopkins Hall had control over who uses their parking spots when they are left empty over the weekend.
More parking spots will be tied directly to increased enrollment, said Czyz. In the meantime, students will have to deal with minor parking adjustments.
After Czyz ended his presentation, SGA opened the floor to the presentations of campus clubs. The Bona Venture, SBU Intramurals, Campus Activities Board, WSBU-FM, Mert, and each class president explained what their respective club has planned for the coming semester.
Among the highlights:
*The Bona Venture announced that Mary Best is the new editor in chief, while Samantha Berkhead is the new managing editor. The BV is also planning a smartphone app that has all four campus media (The BV, The Intrepid, The Buzz and SBU-TV) on it.
*CAB is planning a bus trip to see the Orlando Magic and Cleveland Cavaliers play in Cleveland. Bonaventure alumnus Andrew Nicholson plays for Orlando. The trip is April 7th
*The senior class will be selling Bona Wolf iPhone cases starting Homecoming Weekend. The cases cost $10.
*Friday, Jan. 25 is Bona Pride Day. SGA is asking everyone to wear Bonaventure clothing.