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maroon I 11 )~\ J Unpaid fines mount up PATTI BRECKENRIDGE Assistant Editor Only two weeks until graduation. .. The past four years have seemed eternal, but Sally is finally nearing the end. The gaiety of the sunny May afternoon suddenly vanishes, however, when she opens her mail. The university notifies Sally she will not receive a diploma until her $150 worth of parking fines are paid. "Where will / get that money?" she wonders, feeling bitterness towards the authorities and guilt at having let the tickets accumulate. Stacking up $40, $65 or $100 in on—campus parking fines in a single year is not unusual for many Loyola students. One student last year received 38 tickets or $186 worth, according to Jack T. Kellogg, Loyola Security Director. The MAROON surveyed students who had and had not paid their fines. Both sides agreed that fines go unpaid when students are infuriated that non—decaled cars occupy legal spaces. This situation forces decaled cars to park illegally. One senior who has amassed $40 worth of tickets is furious with the ticketing procedures. "You go to all the trouble and expense of paying for a parking sticker, you kill yourself to find a space and then the one time you park illegally because some car without a decal is taking up a space, YOU get a ticket." Kellogg is sympathetic with such students, but says he has a job that must be done and believes the parking situation is greatly improved from two years ago. "Students must -realize the parking decal is not a guarantee to a parking space. It's merely a hunting license." He also points out that "whatever problem Loyola has is also a national problem." Ticketing situations at Tulane University and in Orleans Parish seem to verify this statement. Irene Pagart, clerk of the traffic court in Orleans Parish, said she has seen violators run up parking fines of three and four hundred dollars. The situation has become so severe that the police are now beginning to pick up violators with grandiose totals instead of waiting for them to pay. Colonel R o bert Scrutan, Tula ne Security Director, said it is common for Tulane students to receive hundreds of dollars worth of tickets. "We issue approximately 35,500 tickets in one year and many students have fines totaling $500," he said. Altogether, Loyola security guards distributed over $6,000 worth of tickets during the 1973—74 academic year, an average figure according to Kellogg. This is about 1200 to 1500 tickets since the fine for a first offense is one dollar and the fine for further offenses is five dollars. Only five percent of these fines are paid within two weeks, Kellogg added. After that period, a record of the unpaid fine is sent to the Finance Office which then takes charge of billing. If the violator is a faculty or staff member, the fine will either be deducted from his salary or his car will be immobolized with the use of a Rhino Boot, a device attached to the wheel which restricts movement. If the violator is a student, by far the most common case, he will receive a bill from the Finance Office for the amount of the fine. Payment of the parking fine is subject to the rules for payment of any fees to the Finance Office. According to that policy, fees must be paid before a student can pre—register for the next semester, before a transcript can be sent to another institution and before a diploma can be issued. In actual practice, however, students with small unpaid fees such as five or ten dollars are allowed to pre—register. Douglas Dougherty, Supervisor of General Accounting, said, however, that these fees would be collected before allowing a student to graduate. Dougherty admitted that some fees may never be collected either because they are as unsubstantial as one or two dollars or because they erroneously go unnoticed. He estimated, however, that 90 percent of the security fines are eventually collected. These fines eventually become part of the "general fund" at Loyola, a melting pot of monies used to pay university bills and salaries. Kellogg said students had two channels open to them to challenge the parking situation. Either they can use the car pool system hanging near the post office in Danna Center or they can present complaints or suggestions to the University Parking Committee. "Zero students have used that car pool system for anything more than a place for used gum wrappers," Kellogg commented. Tom Bell, chairman of the parking committee, also has received little student response. He said only three students have registered a complaint with the committee this semester. The biggest problem is the fact that there are more cars with decals (489) than there are on—campus parking spaces (399). However, Kellogg and Bell both feel this policy is the best way to permit maximum use of space at all times. When asked about the possibility of some type of parking facility ever being built on or near campus, Bell shook his head in despair and whispered, "I don't see a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow." University Mourity guard Eddie Hassalbeck writes another on-campu* ticket for iMagai parking. Loyola's security department issues over $6000 worth of tickets annually. Renovations proposal hopes to erase deficit SEAN WELCH Staff Reporter A renovation and room increase proposal for residence halls will face the Board of Directors later this month. The purpose is to eliminate the growing deficit in residence halls. That deficit now stands at $100,000. Why is there a deficit? According to housing director Richard Lawton, "the administration felt it better to balance the university budget by increasing tuition dollars then absorb the deficit in residence halls so they didn't scare students off by raising both at the same time." An inflation rate of 47 percent during the period since the halls were built has increased costs; and utility increases of 50 per cent this year have contributed to the deficit. Also, Biever Hall has never filled to capacity. The projection for the next five years is an occupancy rate of 85%. Is the rent increase definite? "An increase is highly likely; I don't see any way we can continue at the present course," said Vincent P. Knipfing, Vice President for Student Affairs. A balanced budget, said Knipfing, can be achieved by room increases, making facilities attractive and increasing summer income. In response to complaints by residents of Biever Hall on the condition of the hall, a questionnaire was distributed with the assistance of the Men's Residence Council. A total of 220 were returned out of 350 distributed. "Clearly, there are two main areas of concern demonstrated in the Biever Renovation plan: noise reduction and improved study conditions,"said Knipfing. He feels the Board will accept Those guidelines if the renovation plan is passed, and that $100,000 has been allocated for Biever Hall; $30,000 for Buddig. 'The renovation needs of Buddig are minimal when compared with Biever," said Knipfing. To beat the deficit, and assuming that room rates are increased and renovations occur, said Knipfing, the projection for 1975—76 is a $78.00 increase each semester for each hall, and $60.00 without renovations. For the following years, the increase would be about $20.00 per semester. Either way, said Knipfing, "the difference after five years will be five dollars to the student with or without renovations according to projections." "The costs for running the dorm have skyrocketed and there has to be a way to offset this. Because the halls are operating in the red, the increase is needed," said A.J. Krouse, vice president of the Men's Residence Council. "The increas'e proposal is needed and a good idea because everything has gone up while the rents have stayed the same. Buddig is a good building but renovations are needed," said Anne Bienfang, president of the Women's Residence Council. "Even with the increases, we can stay competitive with the local market, our rates are $125.00 per year less than Tulane, Dominican, and Xavier, and these schools are considering increases in the future," said Knipfing.
|Masthead||The Maroon Vol. 51 No. 10|
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