Parking Passes Put Pressure on Pupils
BY GARRETT HILL ON SEPTEMBER 20, 2013
OPEN HOUSE - - Students attempting to buy a parking pass are left in a line that created the feeling of both waiting in a stagnant DMV sitting area and waiting to ride a crowded theme park attraction on a scorching July afternoon, all at the same time.
Parking passes have become somewhat of a rite of passage at Rose. Students are always itching to get that wonderful plastic rectangle so they can claim their own space to display their set of wheels. Having a parking pass makes it convenient to drive to school on your own schedule instead of waiting for the bus, but the whole experience of having one for the first time, seeing your friends drive up in their cars, and proceeding to emerge from your space so you can walk and talk with them gives it a social aspect.
All this being considered it was no surprise that hordes of upperclassmen were present at open house, ready and waiting to find the parking pass line and jump on in. Sounds simple enough, right? Wrong. For starters the booth where you get a pass was right smack in the middle of the commons, amongst many crowded masses of parents and students fighting to get to their next classroom or learn information about other booths in that same area. This meant that for the growing line to keep its form it had to jut right out into the commons, blocking the way to the math and Spanish halls. The resulting effect was a constant breaking and shoving through the line followed by a muffled “scuse me” or nothing at all.
But the clutter of people wasn’t the only problem yielded by such a large group in such a small area. All you science lovers at Rose certainly know that the more people in an area equals more body warm carbon dioxide pumping into the room from their breathing. This leads to a wondrous effect I like to call BEING UNGODLY HOT. So now we’ve got two things crossed off our “bad waiting in a line experience” checklist. Crowdedness. Check. Heat. Check.
The final addition that made a perfect icing on the cake was the line inefficiency. Due to his height, senior Collin Moore could be seen at the front of the line for the better half of an hour, moving at a grand speed of a step per five minutes of waiting time. This stagnant effect occurred because many students forgot some of the requirements for a pass, as well as the fact that only one woman was working the respective booth for each class, leaving a combination that made smooth line progression an impossibility.
None of the above is meant to insult the Rose faculty, in fact Mrs. Wendy saved many butts (including mine) by scouring the line and making copies of licenses and registrations for students who had not remembered to do so. The intention is simply to suggest that a different method of organization or procedure for the booth might have been in order. To all the students who dealt with this experience,I recommend that you smile knowing it is over, and to the Rose staff who dealt with the parking passes, no hard feelings okay?