Friday, October 15, 2010
Since I've been at USM for these past four years the parking situation has been just that, a situation, one in need of fixing. My freshman and sophomore years I stayed in Bond Hall and we had pretty good parking situation unless it was a football game coming up that weekend. The price of decals were pretty cheap as well when I first started at USM in 2006; I believe the price WAY back then was $50 for resident decals. My living situation changed when I moved off of campus starting my junior year and decided to become a commuter and have my parking choices cut back drastically! My junior year the decal for a commuter was either $75 or $85 and I found that I didn't have many places to park on campus and I had to leave home much earlier to make it to class on time. This semester, my last semester, the commuter decal went up to $135, maybe more and more people seemed to become commuters because commuter parking spots decreased even more.
I have nothing against the faculty at USM, but it seems like they and the staff have too many parking choices for the number of them compared to the number of students. The parking garage is supposed to handle this situation for commuters I guess, since that's who I heard it was for, but I will not be here to reap in those rewards. What the decision makers at the university could have done to solve the parking situation and save money was make ALL the spaces on campus available to everyone when you bought a decal and let the residents, commuters and faculty & staff fight over parking spaces throughout the course of a day. I think the faculty and staff would understand our excuses for being late to class, if they were made to stalk parking spaces everyday, and result to parking in the farthest gravel lot and make the trek to class just to get the ugly looks from their students for being late.
December 2010 is still a part of the centennial celebration year, so why do we get the second rate, two ceremony, Friday graduation? Yes, I still get my diploma, but the glitz and the special treatment would be nice as well. I guess the university's claims of being strapped for cash is playing a part in the university watering down the fall commencement; no money for medallions and turning the campus lights on on a Saturday. Maybe the university could save the money by keeping the lights off for a football game on a random Saturday (it would make the game more interesting) and putting that money into buying centennial medallions for December graduates and making graduation December 11, 2010 (Saturday), instead of December 10, 2010 (Friday).
Where does the time go? It seems like just yesterday I was an 18 year old boy first stepping onto the University of Southern Mississippi's main campus in Hattiesburg,MS. It's four years later and I'm a 22 year old man preparing to walk away from USM in December 2010 with a degree in Political Science and a BIG decision of what to do after college. My plans are to attend law school and further my education in the field of law. I have grown a lot during my four years of college and have had my thinking broadened as well. I believe that USM has prepared me to further my education at the next level and I would recommend the University of Southern Mississippi to anyone seeking to pursue higher education.
Now I wait; for my LSAT score, for the semester to end and for my grades to be what I expect them to be and for transcripts to be sent, applications to be looked over and hopefully for acceptance letters from law schools.
Monday, October 4, 2010
I believe that the elimination of the Latin, and Religion majors will come back to bite USM in the ass. Two of the professors that are listed to be fired (1 Latin professor, 1 Religion professor), I had the pleasure of being in their classes and learning from them and it would be a serious loss to the university to lose these two professors and lose these two majors, BUT HEY, we still have all of our sports going full throttle!
Speaking of which, after having countless mediocre seasons the football team looks as if they want to do better than just 7-6 or 8-5 this season. I think they are trying to justify the athletic department not getting their budget cut by trying to win more games this season...that's what they better do! I'm rooting for my Golden Eagles this year like every year, but having a good season will not justify the athletic department not getting its fair share of the budget cuts...having another mediocre season though should put them in the list as departments needing its budget cut!