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Jan. 26, 2001

Asking freshmen to walk to class solves parking problem

Driving to an 8 a.m. class, I noticed that at 7:45, most of the parking in the center of campus and the parking garage, up to the fourth level, is filled. The garage never even has a chance to allow students who come from afar to park.

All freshmen live less than a 10-minute walk from their classes so they really have no need to use their cars to drive to class, whereas a lot of others live several miles away from campus and need those spots during the day. I propose that we limit freshman parking during the weekdays to the 1,500 free spots in the Ferrell Center and provide a shuttle for them. During the weekends they may park on campus. This plan is not unique and is a free way to create more spots.

Auburn University has a rule similar to this, and some universities won't even allow freshmen or sophomores to bring cars to campus at all. I don't intend this to hurt freshmen, but this just makes it so much easier on so many more people at the cost of minor inconveniences to a few. If any freshmen worry about this, just remember that this probably would take at least a semester or two to implement, so you would be an upperclassman by then.

William Payne

Biochemistry '01

After reading the news article on Waco's water in Wednesday's Lariat, I have to say that I strongly disagree with the statement, 'Very few students disagree with the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission's judgment that Waco water tastes poorly.'

I only know of two students who can stand to drink the water straight out of the faucet. I myself get disgusted looking at it, smelling it, even thinking about it. I have nightmares that it is going to grow legs and attack me in my sleep. If you look at it closely, there's things living in it. Strange, unidentified floaters. If you smell it closely, well, I don't recommend getting your face any closer than 2 feet from it.

When I first moved into my apartment in the summer, I thought that the taste would be a temporary thing, like the lake was turning over or something. Two months later, the water still tasted the same.

Taking a shower in the morning is a scary event. I keep waiting for something other than water to shoot out of the pipes, like that scene in The Money Pit, when Shelley Long is attacked by mud, or in our case, cow manure.

Teeth brushing is an even bigger event because you have to taste the water. Not only that, but I'm afraid of organisms making nests under my gum line and rotting out my teeth. I'd like to live to be an old man with all my teeth, thank you very much.

I'm glad that the TNRCC is taking steps to clean up the water supply. So far, the steps are only a temporary fix to a much bigger problem. I know they say it's safe to drink, but let's face it, the water tastes like dirt. Correct me if I'm wrong, but drinking dirt doesn't sound very healthy to me.

Now I know that I've ever so slightly exaggerated the problem with the water. However, I feel that the majority of students would say that there is, in fact, something horribly wrong with the watershed. Something major needs to be done to correct the problem, and done soon. People cannot survive without water, and at this time, Waco's water is much too disgusting to drink.

Seth Skuza

Telecommunications '03