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The Maroon l.oyola LJtiirersity New Orleans VOL. 79, NO. 06 | I K11) \l. SI I' I I.MHI K 11, j MAROON.LOYNO.EDU Retention rates rising steadily By Jason Dupuy Assistant News Editor The retention rate for the class of 2003 was almost 85 percent this year, according to a preliminary survey compiled by the Office of Admissions. This is about five percent higher than the national average, said Debbie Stieffel, director of Admissions. It is also an increase from 80 percent in previous years. After watching retention rates I slip in recent years, Loyola instituted a 110- person committee dedicated to improving retention. "What we've tried to find out is 'what makes a successful student?'" Stieffel said. She said students who get involved and don't simply go straight home after school are more likely to be happy and remain at Loyola. Consequendy, the Loyola admission process has become more selective, trying to focus more on students who are already involved in extracurricular activities in high school. "Just because you're an academic match for the institution doesn't mean you'll be a good match for the institution," said Stieffel. According to a report on student success and retention published in May 1999, Loyola's goal was to achieve a retention rate of 83 percent for the entering freshmen in the fall of 1999. "I have definitely noticed a change over the past few years," said Kara Hannan, political science senior and Student Government Association chief of staff. According to Chris Cameron, director of Student Activities and the Danna Center, the class of 2004 is among the most enthusiastic in recent years. "Everyone talked about apathy my freshman and sophomore year," said Hannan. She said that student involvement has increased to the point that student diversity is more of a concern than simply getting people involved. Hannan credits such recent traditions as the Loup Ciarou and Wolves on the Prowl as catalysts for student enthusiasm. "Freshmen are getting involved in student life immediately," Cameron said. He described this year's freshmen as "the first Generation Y demographic." He said that due to the growing competitiveness of the college BOOTING BOOM By Jamie Doerr Contributing writer In recent weeks, University Police has rigidly enforced parking regulations as students and faculty cringe More cars are being ticketed and booted on campus since University Police have begun stricter enforcement of parking regulations. Roger Pinac, University Police captain and director of Parking Services, said that the increase is to get the message across that the department is serious about people abiding by the parking regulations. "The university's mission is to provide the community with parking," said Pinac. "We obviously had problems last year, but I think that it is a manageable situation now." According to Pinac, administrators made the decision to keep toll gates open at the Freret Street Garage during the summer and throughout the school year (to assist traffic flow in and out of the garage). "The school administration made the decision based on recommendations that were submitted to them | by UP|," Pinac said. However, many students and faculty see little if any improvements in the university's parking situation. "I have a class at 9:30 |a.m.] and there is never parking |in the West Road Garagej. If I'm lucky, I can find a spot in Freret. I want to feel that I can come on and off campus with ease," said Gretchen Brazda, business sophomore. "Last semester was worse, but if they ever have the opportunity to work on parking, they should." Students like Michele Holloway, classical studies senior, say they find it frustrating when the parking garages are full. "They had people driving around in circles like vultures from one garage to the other STAFF PHOTO BY LANE WINN University Police officer Robert Barnes explains to Lauren White, communications junior, the intricacies of Loyola parking regulations. On-Campus parking has been a huge issue in recent years. Mini-mart replaces cafe on Broadway By Matt Walter Contributing writer Students on the Broadway Campus no longer have a place to get a hot meal. Loyola Dining Services turned the Pine Street Cafe into a minimart during the summer. Despite menu enhancements over the past two years, the Pine Street Cafe continued to lose about $50,000 each year, said Mark Atkinson, director of Loyola Dining Services. Pine Street Express, the name of the new store, follows the model of the Convenience Store in the Danna Center, offering a variety of products from chips and snacks to frozen dinners and groceries. Students have mixed feelings about the switch. Several Law School students and Cabra Hall residents miss the hot breakfasts and sandwiches the cafe once offered. "I don't think anybody likes it this way. Law students don't have time to leave school for long periods of time, so we are forced to eat what they provide, and the selection was cut to almost nothing," said Jeffery Rogyom, third year law student. Students also seemed to question the usefulness of the new selection. "Rite Aid is right across the street," said Talia Kosh. second year law student. "It seems like you can get most of the stuff they offer in the Pine Street store over there." A few students think the mini-mart provides a service already filled by the main campus C-Store. "I think it's a silly idea; we have a convenience store on the main campus already, and the cafe was a nice alternative to the |Orleans Room|," Parking problems no longer Allright By Jamie Doerr Contributing writer Allright Parking New Orleans, Inc., was discharged from operating the Freret Street Garage this summer based on the recommendation of University Police. The company's dismissal has created mixed emotions among Loyola commuters. Cliff Hansen, operations manager for Allright Parking, said that when the Freret Garage was completed in the spring of 1988, it was intended to serve primarily students. Visitors also were allowed to park there in order to help subsidize the cost of the facility. An agreement made between UP and Allright Parking stated that once public See BROADWAY, Page 4 See RETENTION, Page 3 See PARKING, Page 3 See ALLRIGHT, Page 4 • Women: capable of legitimate, intelligent behavior or Pg. 7 "
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