Buses, bikes may be parking solution
| Robin Siteneski reporter |
Scott and a panel of university coordinators answered the Student Government Association’s questions Wednesday evening at Grubbs Hall. He suggested that the solution might not necessarily be more parking lots.
Scott said there are talks with city administration on building new bike routes. Pitt State is also considering designating parking spots for carpools and hybrid vehicles.
Steve Erwin, associate vice president for campus life and auxiliary services, said the university will continue negotiations with the SEK-CAP bus service to provide free shuttles to students from less-used parking lots to university buildings.
Erwin added the company has enough buses and drivers for the service, and the next steep would be to figure out which parking lots and buildings would be connected. The university will have to determine if students will actually use the service first, he said.
“The reality is, in the short term we’re not building new parking here,” Erwin said.
GUS about to retire
Angela Neria, Pitt State’s chief information officer, said the enrollment issues students have been facing should be solved with the replacement of the Gorilla User System (GUS). She said the online system “has been built on and built on” and it cannot be fixed.
“It does not do well with the new browsers,” Neria said. “And there’s no way we can change GUS.”
She said modifications will come gradually until the system is completely replaced. This summer, her department will work on improving Wi-Fi security, changing the log-in system and implementing technology that will allow students to send documents to printers online.
About 30 of the 50 SGA members attended the annual Q&A with President Scott this year. A handful of students outside SGA showed up.
The last question came from Sen. Larry Overman. He asked Scott and the panel of university representatives what animal they would be, and why. Scott acted fast to interrupt the panel’s lineup, grabbing the microphone to say he would be a gorilla.