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October 24, 2012

Let me begin this column with a disclaimer: I am not the kind of writer that typically devotes an entire column to complaining about the parking situation on campus.
Frankly, I always find an ample amount of parking by the baseball fields and behind the Ford Center, and choose to park there leisurely instead of fighting for spots behind the Tad Pad with a hundred other students. Sure, it is a little far from the library and some of my classes, but I don’t mind walking.

October 22, 2012

At the beginning of the fall semester at an Associated Student Body retreat, President Kimbrely Dandridge asked members what frustrated students the most. The answer: parking.

At the beginning of the fall semester at an Associated Student Body retreat, President Kimbrely Dandridge asked members what frustrated students the most. The answer: parking.

“It was that fast when people said parking,” said Chad Bowman, ASB cabinet executive assistant.

The pre-pharmacy senior from Madison serves on Director of Parking and Transportation Services Isaac Astill’s parking and traffic committee. He became a parking representative for the ASB after Dandridge expressed wanting more information on parking.

September 25, 2012

It takes me thirteen minutes to walk from the library to the South Lot. I timed it on Tuesday. I have a commuter decal, but there’s nowhere to park on campus, and we all know that, so I park at the South Lot and ride the bus into campus. When I don’t have late tests or work or chapter or any other meeting that inevitably gets out after the sun has gone down, I’m very okay with taking the Gold Line.

September 6, 2012

It’s no secret that parking on campus is difficult for everyone – students, faculty and staff alike. With an increase in students and fewer availble parking spaces due to construction around campus, finding a spot is a nightmare.

It’s no secret that parking on campus is difficult for everyone – students, faculty and staff alike. With an increase in students and fewer availble parking spaces due to construction around campus, finding a spot is a nightmare.
 
Everyone still has to park somewhere, however, and those who break the rules get small, white slips of paper stuck on their windshield. For students who believe they were wrongfully ticketed, there is an appeals process to consider.
 

August 28, 2012

After monitoring parking decal sales and parking stalls throughout campus, Director of Parking and Transportation Services Issac Astill adjusted parking in certain areas Monday morning to make more room for commuters, specifically in Residential West. 

After monitoring parking decal sales and parking stalls throughout campus, Director of Parking and Transportation Services Issac Astill adjusted parking in certain areas Monday morning to make more room for commuters, specifically in Residential West.
"We had dedicated over 1,500 stalls for those residential permits," Astill said. "We've only sold 991 as of Monday morning."
Astill decided to make the changes when the permit sales weren't as he'd originally expected.

August 23, 2012

After overcoming delays, construction on the new Oxford High School facility is set to begin Monday. The school board awarded Yates Construction the bid for $29.3 million this past Monday.

After overcoming delays, construction on the new Oxford High School facility is set to begin Monday. The school board awarded Yates Construction the bid for $29.3 million this past Monday.
The initial bids for the school came in about $7 million higher than expected, which resulted in a scaled-down design to fit the budget. This involved some of the buildings being moved around, including the library and some classrooms, but the new design is similar to the old one.

August 22, 2012

  Talks for the new “Plan-B” parking progressed Tuesday as the Board of Alderman met to discuss parking hours and enforcement on the Square. The purchase of a Jeep Liberty at $17,011 was also approved, assuming that the new “Plan-B” parking will be installed

Talks for the new “Plan-B” parking progressed Tuesday as the Board of Alderman met to discuss parking hours and enforcement on the Square. The purchase of a Jeep Liberty at $17,011 was also approved, assuming that the new “Plan-B” parking will be installed.
“Several sections of the parking code are being amended,” said Oxford City Planner Tim Akers.
The board approved the extension of the two-hour parking limit at the Square to 8 p.m. Currently, two-hour parking is allowed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

August 19, 2012

In an effort to make room for the 865 students coming to live on campus in the new residence halls, commuter parking got cut, to the tune of 920 parking spots. Commuter, faculty/staff and resident decals also rose to $85. 

In an effort to make room for the 865 students coming to live on campus in the new residence halls, commuter parking got cut, to the tune of 920 parking spots. Commuter, faculty/staff and resident decals also rose to $85.
In all, resident parking increased by 857 from this past year, still falling short of the total number of students living on campus, and faculty/staff parking has shrunk due to some construction areas on campus.

July 24, 2012

While new head coach Hugh Freeze and Athletics Director Ross Bjork were getting settled into their jobs following highly publicized national searches, another national search was happening under the radar at the University of Mississippi.

 
While new head coach Hugh Freeze and Athletics Director Ross Bjork were getting settled into their jobs following highly publicized national searches, another national search was happening under the radar at the University of Mississippi.

July 17, 2012

The Downtown Parking Advisory Commission has put the idea of paid parking on the Square on hold and is considering enforcement as a method to manage the downtown parking issue.

 
The Downtown Parking Advisory Commission has put the idea of paid parking on the Square on hold and is considering enforcement as a method to manage the downtown parking issue.
In an earlier meeting, the Board of Aldermen decided to delay their decision on signing a contract with Standard Parking to implement paid parking on the Square, a plan that included parking meters around the Square.
The committee mentioned public opinion among the reasons for a Plan B.

June 5, 2012

The Board of Aldermen and Mayor Pat Patterson met at City Hall to discuss Square parking and other matters Tuesday night.

 

The Board of Aldermen and Mayor Pat Patterson met at City Hall to discuss Square parking and other matters Tuesday night. The decision for parking on the Square will be delayed because the board is not prepared to vote on the issue, according to Patterson. 

Concerns discussed at the meeting on May 31 included public opinion and the pending approval from the Historic Preservation Commission.   

May 29, 2012

Parking on the Square is a struggle that city residents and students alike face every day. Earlier this month, the Board of Aldermen held a public hearing to discuss a new change that could very well happen to Oxford’s historic downtown – paid parking on the Square.

 

 

Parking on the Square is a struggle that city residents and students alike face every day. Earlier this month, the Board of Aldermen held a public hearing to discuss a new change that could very well happen to Oxford’s historic downtown – paid parking on the Square.

March 21, 2012

Paying for parking on the Square has become a possibility. The plan, which could be enforced as soon as next fall, will make premium parking at the Square come at a price.

 

Paying for parking on the Square has become a possibility. The plan, which could be enforced as soon as next fall, will make premium parking at the Square come at a price.

The process will start with the parking committee, Mayor George Patterson said. After it is recognized by the board of aldermen, the parking commission will meet and further discuss the details of the parking plan.

March 20, 2012

 

Ole Miss has been fond of changes lately. Criticism came after banning Colonel Reb, “From Dixie With Love” and the Rebel flags in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Ask any committee member from a historical preservation board or something like it: people do not react well to change.

 

Ole Miss has been fond of changes lately. Criticism came after banning Colonel Reb, “From Dixie With Love” and the Rebel flags in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Ask any committee member from a historical preservation board or something like it: people do not react well to change.

In general, change is something mankind will probably never learn to fully accept — at least immediately.

November 18, 2011

Oxford resident Janice Key was involved in a one-car accident on Old Taylor Road by the South parking lot. Key’s father, John, said her steering wheel was broken, which caused her to lose control of the car. The car went down the ravine by the parking lot, before being pulled out by Shivers towing company. Shivers was the second towing company called to the scene.

Oxford resident Janice Key was involved in a one-car accident on Old Taylor Road by the South parking lot. Key’s father, John, said her steering wheel was broken, which caused her to lose control of the car. The car went down the ravine by the parking lot, before being pulled out by Shivers towing company. Shivers was the second towing company called to the scene.

November 10, 2011

Emily Stedman says law students are having trouble parking in their own lot. 

 

Gossip and hot topics always swirl around the law school at the start of the semester. 

Few of those things fervently discussed last through the first month of school, but this year, one thing has continued to be on the tongues and lips of the majority: parking. 

Our new facility cost $50 million and rumor has it the donors envisioned a parking spot for every student. But did they imagine having to share those parking spots with thousands of other commuter students? Or with Fraternity Row?

November 6, 2011

The Oxford Board of Aldermen approved the ordinance for the creation of the Downtown Parking Advisory Commission. 

The Oxford Board of Aldermen approved the ordinance for the creation of the Downtown Parking Advisory Commission. 

The commission will be responsible for creating parking structures, parking fees and parking permits within the city and on the Square. 

It will also make suggestions that will be sent to the board for approval. 

Mayor Pat Patterson said that the commission has not come to a decision yet on the price of parking fees, but there will be charges to park, applied through a kiosk.

October 18, 2011

The City of Oxford Planning Commission is working to clean up parking on the Square.

 

The City of Oxford Planning Commission is working to clean up parking on the Square.

The Downtown Parking Advisory Commission, a project that the city has been working on for several months, is still in what some call the beta phase, as the ordinance for its creation had its first public hearing two weeks ago at the board of aldermen meeting.

The Downtown Parking Advisory Commission will be styled after the Stake Holder Committee created in Tacoma, Wash., to deal with fairly similar downtown parking issues.

October 6, 2011

 

Parking on campus has been a big issue this year, and the Associated Student Body Senate at the University of Mississippi has made a decision in hopes of easing the parking frustration.

The senate passed resolution 11-17 Tuesday evening, which requests that the university administration place parking signs around campus.

 

Parking on campus has been a big issue this year, and the Associated Student Body Senate at the University of Mississippi has made a decision in hopes of easing the parking frustration.

October 5, 2011

Driving around until someone gives up a parking spot on the Square may be less of a problem in the future.
The Board of Aldermen started a major change in traffic with the introduction of a new commission that will focus on the city’s parking issues.
An ordinance establishing the Downtown Parking Advisory Commission had it’s first reading at Tuesday’s regular board meeting.

September 14, 2011

The University of Mississippi has 12,622 parking available spaces, of which, 14,590 were sold.

 

The University of Mississippi has 12,622 parking available spaces, of which, 14,590 were sold.

You read that right. While most decal types were undersold based on spaces, 4,268 students who purchased the commuter/law commuter decal could be out of a space at any given time, if all 7,722 commuters tried to fit into the 3,454 available spaces.

According to officials with UM Parking Services, that scenario is not likely.

September 13, 2011

 

Parking tickets have increased in Guess Hall’s parking lot during the first few weeks of the semester.

In the past, Guess Hall has housed foreign students, and parking had been adequate, as many foreign students do not generally bring cars.

 

Parking tickets have increased in Guess Hall’s parking lot during the first few weeks of the semester.

In the past, Guess Hall has housed foreign students, and parking had been adequate, as many foreign students do not generally bring cars.

July 19, 2011

 

To keep up with the rising cost of college tuition, University Parking Services are following suit with a $15 increase in on-campus parking decals.

Linda Christian, manager of University Parking Services, announced this past week that the prices of decals will go up for the first time since 2007. Commuter and residence hall decals will increase from $60 to $75, and an additional or replacement decal for another car will be raised from $10 to $15.

July 18, 2011

 

The University Police Department has announced that there will be continued work on the roads this summer, and this week they will begin painting lines back on the roads.

The project, which is being coordinated by the physical plant office, is being started up to put center lines, perpendicular lines, parking places and crosswalks back on roads that were repaved over the summer.