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New Parking Arises at BCU

Updated: Oct 3, 2018

September 24, 2018 | by Baily Sitzmann

Briar Cliff University on Aug. 20, 2018 implemented new parking and driving rules on campus just in time for the new school year. These rules have changed the entire driving habits for the whole campus and it is something that many are not used to.

Jeana Hamman, a 20-year-old from Kingsley, Iowa, said “I think it just made everything more confusing. No one looks at the signs that they put up so people are still driving where ever they want.”

Briar Cliff changed the original driving from a normal two-way road to a one-way road with parking on the right side for staff and visitors all the way through campus. This adds an additional 70 spaces on campus for students to park in the lower level parking lot, known as the “Pit.” However, with this change the driving one way has to start off of Rebecca Street and must come out onto Broken Kettle. You may also entire from Broken Kettle but you must go directly to the parking lots.

Marty Pottebaum, Director of Security, said he does not think the new parking and driving on campus has been anything but helpful so far this year.

“The new parking for faculty has created at least 50-80 new spots, clearing the Pit for off campus students. Our goal was to keep everyone from having to park in the grass at the back of the parking lot and that is what this did,” Pottebaum said.

Pottebaum is confident these new changes will be something the students and faculty are happy to have after they get used to it, especially during this winter.

Briar Cliff has always taken a beating when it comes to the ice, snow, and the removal of both during the winters due to being on a hill.

“We have discussed it with maintenance and have changed the times they will get here to start the snow removal process, that way it is done before the faculty get here because they plan to still plow down the one-way hill as it is easier that way,” said the security officer.

These changes and implements came about earlier this year in May when the Parking Task Force was created due to the large amount of issues and complaints.

“The goal of the task force was to identify the problems and to recommend solutions to them,” said Sister Ruth Schock, associate professor of education.

The task force sent out several emails to faculty and students at the end of the Spring 2018 semester asking for feedback on how they could improve the parking on campus to free up space in the parking lots and make everyone happy.

Schock said, “So far the responses from the employees have been positive that I have seen because they can parallel park along the road now. They seem more comfortable with the changes.”

Schock and Pottebaum are hopeful that the winter will go smoothly but both are waiting patiently to see what Mother Nature will bring.

“We hope the students are happy with the parking and the changes on campus, but the winter could change that.

“There is no such thing as perfect parking ever, especially during the winter. We all just have to use common sense and it will all work out,” the head of the task force said.

Photo by: Baily Sitzmann | One-way parking is making parking easier on campus for visitors and faculty.

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