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Parking needs valet

Aug. 31, 2004

By ZACK KULESZ, columnist

The first day of class did not start off as I had imagined.

I circled every floor of my favorite parking garage, Dutton Office

and Parking Facility, only to find a spot in the farthest region from where I wanted to be.

I began to blame the campus dwellers but I quickly shifted my anger to all the parking lots on campus that have been covered in grass.

Even though the grass in front of South Russell Residence Hall makes a quality surface for a game of croquet or maybe a satisfying match of badminton, it still added to the crowded parking garages.

I am now going to have to wake up 10 minutes earlier than normal. I just don't know if that's possible.

Then an idea hit me -- valet parking.

The employment opportunity for valet parking at Baylor would be enormous.

The University of California Irvine special event parking staff recommends over seven valet parkers with a crowd of over 300.

A source from the event staff responded in disbelief when I asked him about the possibility of a valet job containing 1,000 cars. I believe that this can be accomplished.

Valet parking could also become another work-study program.

The problem for the employed parkers would be where they would park the cars.

We would need to build a lot that would be designated as the valet parking lot.

Bryce Sandvall, an Arlington senior and Speight Parking Facility frequent parker said, "Valet parking would be so great to have at Baylor. I bet most other schools already think we have it along with our Abercrombie & Fitch Bible covers."

I took offense to this at first, but I later realized my Abercrombie & Fitch Bible cover was really cool and I didn't care if I was chastised because of it.

Valet parking on campus would be an astonishingly tough project to carry out and it is possible that my valet parking idea may just be a pipe dream.

The great campus of Baylor University may not be as ready as I thought for such a marvelous attraction.

Then again, no other idea makes sense to me to unclog the crowded parking garages than valet parking.