Parking in the hole

A freshman arrives to school at 8:40 a.m. —just in time for his 9 a.m. Marine Biology class—and heads for student parking. Upon arrival, two things surprise him. First, every student parking stall is filled. Second, nearly 20 other students are circling the lot, hunting for stalls. After 17 minutes of heart–pounding hunting, he succumbs to temptation and parks illegally. He is certain the ecosystem he just witnessed is worse than the one he will begin studying in less than four minutes. Parking problems are as common a student complaint as tuition increases and book costs—consider this the veritable...

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