Council Will Not Eat Green Eggs and Ham (In a Parking Structure)

    A multiweek debate drought has left the A.S. Council without
    any substantive disputes among its members lately, and that trend continued
    last night. Parking was the primary item of discussion, along with some chatter
    about the best way to make colored eggs.

    The prospect of a new parking structure at UCSD has been a
    recurring issue at council meetings this year because of concerns about
    sustainability and rising permit costs. Councilmembers have repeatedly voiced
    opposition to the proposal, but Earl Warren College Senator Peter Benesch
    reported that at least one administrator is trying to keep hope alive for a new
    heap of concrete and rebar.

    According to Benesch, Associate Vice Chancellor of Student
    Affairs Edward Spriggs was “disappointed” with the council’s decision to favor
    the expansion of alternative and public forms of transportation in lieu of a
    new parking structure. Councilmembers revisited the debate about the
    $30-million structure, although the discussion was understandably one-sided.

    The consensus was a standard-issue complaint that
    administrators weren’t putting students’ interests first. Councilmembers also
    feared that the multiple $30 fee hikes that would be necessary over the next
    few years would price students out of parking permits.

    To some extent, administrators have framed the proposed
    parking structure as essential to realizing their wet dream of a new bustling
    downtown district in the soon-to-be-finished Price
    expansion. To that,
    All-Campus Senator Meghan Clair pointed out that the Gilman Parking Structure
    usually has hundreds of free spots after 4 p.m.

    An emerging administrative movement in favor of a parking
    structure could be particularly troublesome for councilmembers because faculty
    members outweigh undergraduate students in the world of Transportation and
    Parking Services decision-making.

    To that end, Thurgood Marshall College Senator Kyle Samia
    implored the council to raise student awareness about the issue to discourage
    administrators from going forward with the project.

    Parking wasn’t the only important issue that the council
    addressed, however. Councilmembers also opened a dialogue about scrambling
    together a celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday with the august history of St.
    Patrick’s Day by serving green eggs at the A.S. Pancake Breakfast on March 17.

    The council has not yet decided if the eggs should be
    colored by the use of food coloring or basil and cilantro. Perhaps a new
    committee is in order.

    In addition to a deep respect for childhood foodstuffs, the
    council’s limited days left in office also became apparent. Vice President of
    Student Life Donna Bean censured certain unnamed councilmembers for failing to
    show up at a recent retreat that covered the specifics of the transition
    process that the council will undergo next quarter.

    Associate Vice President of College Affairs Tanya
    Piyaratanaphipat leveraged her dessert-making prowess to encourage students to
    participate in a flyering offensive in Price
    to get the word out about
    elections. Expect to find any councilmember with a sweet tooth taping up
    handouts next week.

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