By Simon Hurvitz
Lately, commuting students have been feeling frustrated because they are forced by security to park farther away from the academic building. Of the campus’ six total parking lots, the lot directly in front of the academic building, Lot 3, is located nearest to the bottom of Casiano Drive.
According to Sam Levitt, Senior Director of Facilities & Auxiliary Services, “Lot 3 is often filled by donors, the elderly and people who have planned special events at the university.” Commuting students are supposed to park in Lot 4, adjacent to Lot 3. Relative to Lot 3, Lot 4 is located further up Casiano Drive, in between the academic parking lot and the entrance to the Whizin Residential Campus.
Though this is how the parking lots at AJU are ideally supposed to be, over the course of the semester, the parking has shifted.
“The parking lot has shifted due to the recent needs of the university, such as the current construction for the Ostrow Library,” Levitt explained.
Because of this, students have had to park farther up the street in the upper lot and walk a greater distance to reach the academic building, sometimes making it more difficult to get to class on-time.
Commented senior Lucie Gottlieb, “It’s hard for commuter students to get to school, and we should have a place to park.”
It is expected that students will be able to park closer to main campus when the construction ends. But likely for the rest of the semester, students will have to park in Lot 4 to make room for other cars.