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Overcrowding on Campus


Article by Kaitlin Lertora

Ever since Roanoke College became more established  —improvements to dorms, library renovation, and several new, upscale places for students to study—the school has seen more student traffic than ever before. Not only are more students showing interest in the school, but each incoming freshmen class has gradually increased in size.

Although the school and its staff work hard to maintain the campus’s exterior and many of the buildings’ interior, the overcrowding has become more noticeable every year. The parking around campus is a notorious issue; many students cannot find residential parking regardless of which lot they try. Some students resort to parking in the Mill Mountain lot or near Fruitions. It can be a risk to do this, though, as many of those spots are on a time limit so it adds the threat of a parking ticket to students’ plates.

A solution to this issue that has been floating around the student community is to restrict freshmen to a certain parking lot or remove their parking privileges all together. Many students have to commute from all over the country, so having a car is a necessity. It wouldn’t be fair to take that away from them. However, if Roanoke told freshman no cars their first year, it would make parking a lot less of a hassle for the whole of the student body.

Another well-known issue around campus is the growing commons line, where students anxiously wait for lunch. This is a problem because it limits their time to eat in between classes and instead of waiting in line, they could be doing school work or something productive instead. In order to fix this problem, the school could think about opening up another entrance so the lines aren’t as long. Students might even benefit more from having another dining option. Breakfast time and dinnertime at commons hasn’t been a huge issue, but with more students comes more problems with accommodating everyone’s needs.

Housing this year was a problem because the school could not give everyone a place to live. With the large size of the new freshman class, the school found themselves short seven beds for students as the school year approached. This is ironic because many upperclassmen want to live off campus but are were not granted permission to do so. It’s understandable that the school would want to fill housing spaces in order to make enough money to pay for staff, renovations, and food. However; letting juniors and seniors off at the very least least would be a privilege many students would appreciate and would create even more space for incoming students.

These issues are debatable depending on which side of the argument a person is on, but dealing with some of take out them is imperative and will make life at Roanoke a considerably better.