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Campus parking then vs. now

A journey through the 15-year evolution of campus parking

Now a Chico State alumni, Kelly O’Connor published a video story on Sept. 10, 2008. The video shows how Kristin Siders drives through parking structures near campus but fails to find parking.

With the same nostalgic audio from 2008, this video will find out if anything has changed 15 years later or if the situation remains the same.

“I don’t think anything has changed, I drive my car to school everyday and it’s always frustrating to look for parking,” Chico State student Damian Llamas said after watching the 2008 video.

After driving around campus for 42 minutes, there was an open spot, but it involved a 15-minute walk to class.

Some students purchase parking passes for the semester, but they also struggle to find parking as they don’t have a guaranteed spot and some parking structures have the first floor reserved.

If anyone parks on the first floor they’ll come back to their car with a parking citation on their windshield.

“It’s ridiculous, I hear my roommates complaining about parking all the time so that’s why I prefer to either walk or take the bus to school,” Chico State student Sydney Gerety said.

The Butte Regional Transit has routes scheduled to go to and from campus every 30-45 minutes.

During the drive, two different cars received parking citations for parking in reserved spots and for not having a Chico State parking permit.

“I have missed so many classes, sometimes I go in 30 minutes late or sometimes I just drive back home, now I just ride my bike,” Chico State student Alex Mendoza said.


Mawil Mateo can be reached at [email protected] and [email protected].

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Mawil Soluna, Multimedia Editor
Mawil migrated from Guatemala and spent most of his high school years in LA. After graduating high school, he moved to Chico looking to immerse himself in a different culture. He's a double major in journalism and theatre. His pastimes align well with his goal to work in broadcasting. He shoots vlogs and edits videos. He likes to stay active, enjoy nature and be on camera. His plan is to be involved in the broadcasting side of things. He wants to tell the stories of the people who are often overlooked and give them a platform to share their perspectives. Through his work, he hopes to make a difference in his community and hopes that his work leaves a positive impact on people.

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