By Julie Costa
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Without a warning sent out to students at Camden County College, major parking lots are blocked off for events, causing havoc.
Camden County College hosts about 3,000 events a year. In the beginning of the spring semester, Camden County College hosted a conference that drew 300 law enforcement attendees and was forced to block off one of the major parking lots for guest parking.
Incoming freshmen and returning students were not aware that CCC blocks off parking lots when events take place, so it created havoc among students.
“I recognize the issues that come with blocking off student parking lots without warning, and I apologize for not giving students, especially new ones, a warning to come to school early to find a different parking lot to park in,” said John Schuck, assistant director of public safety.
Marc DelMonico, who is in his second year at CCC, feels it is an inconvenience for everyone. “I leave for my class a half hour early just so I can find a parking spot and still make it in time for class. When the college blocks off parking lots and doesn’t give us a warning, I’m late to class and teachers will not excuse my lateness because I couldn’t find parking,” Delmonico said.
In the future, Schuck hope that warnings will be sent out, but in the meantime to avoid the inconvenience, Schuck advises students to leave their car in one spot all day and walk to classes if they are in other buildings. Schuck feels many students insist on parking right next to the buildings in which their classes take place.
“There is only so much that we, as public safety officers can do. I don’t have the resources to put an officer on the parking lots that are filled and barricade it off so students know not to waste their time looking,” Schuck said. “It will raise tuition prices, so my only advice is to encourage students to get to class 30 minutes early to find the parking spot that they want.”