Thursday, February 20, 2014
Confusing me more is the new, useless entrance to the parking garage which cost untold millions of dollars, and functionally does nothing from my stand-point.
Then there's the Lee Street Tunnel, which doesn't actually go under Lee Street and will be the source of graffiti and refuge to the homeless when open (therefore a security nightmare). How many faculty positions did that cost?
A new Rec-Center, though being developed from a separate set of funds is approaching 100 million dollars in cost. It's truly crazy!
I've never understood the endless idyling Spartan Chariot vans that run their engines queuing for hours, nor even the fact that we need a fleet of buses and retirees to ferry us the short distances which are completely acceptable for walking. The costs of gas alone must be mind-blowing.
Then there's the new E-Lot... I was sort of fond of the old one.
The rumored explanation is a mis-planning by the school as to how many students are enrolling, and the subsequent subsidization by government. You only had to actually attend a class at UNCG to realize things have changed in the last few years. When I returned to school (3 years ago), there were tons of late 20s-30s students, but now most of them have returned to The Land of The Lost, and those who remain are primarily the traditional students (us lifers, and post high-school types). Pell Grants run out, and qualifying for Stafford Loans are hard when you can't make the grade; I fault no-one for returning to reality. However for those who remain, and who have to pay for what should have been economically predicted seems rather strange to me.