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Volume 5, Number 3
28 September 1998

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Dear Editor,

I am writing to express my dissatisfaction with the university's bus service. On September 14th, I was standing in a line for Tunus buses at 5:30 p.m. In 10 minute's time four buses arrived at the stop (two of them were half full). By 5:40 p.m. the buses filled up and left, and I was among some 80 plus people who had to wait until 6:05 p.m. for the next bus. That means I had to wait for 25 minutes for transportation for which I have already been charged. I pay 3,500 U.S. dollars per year to this university and I think that I should receive better service in return.

The next morning I wanted to take the ring bus to class on Main Campus at 8:20 a.m. Normally, two buses come at the same time, but this time one of them was already full. The driver said the second bus would come in a minute and I should wait for it. Five minutes later the first bus left and the second bus arrived 10 minutes later, making me late for my class.

As a result, I'm thinking of taking a taxi and sending the transportation department the bill. Brilliant idea, isn't it?

(Bensu Gšvsa, OMT-II)

Editor's Note

The Transportation Unit occasionally experiences problems with the number of buses available because the demand for buses changes almost every day. The unit is trying to overcome this problem by monitoring the services as much as possible. Please note that now there are three buses going to Main Campus from East Campus at 8:20 a.m. weekdays.

Parking Stickers:
A Problem

I don't know if my inquiry is as important as others coming from members of the university community, but I would like to know if the Traffic Committee hates students or not.

In the handouts provided at the University's entrances it was announced that the parking stickers would be distributed starting on September 21 between 9 a.m. and 12, and 1 and 4 p.m.

In addition to the unexplainable increase in the parking sticker fee, the distribution personnel seemed to act quite unfriendly. When I came to school at 11:25 a.m. on Monday (although my course was at 1:40 p.m.), I noticed an announcement that the distribution period was rescheduled. Stickers would now be distributed between 9 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 4 p.m. But when I went to the distribution office, an officer there told me that they had "closed" distribution until after noon. When I told him that it was not 11:30 yet, he told me that I should come later.

I wonder if we are beginning to act like government offices.

(Ahmet Gökhan Aktürk, CS-IV)

Editor's Note

The distribution of stickers is carried out by the Security Office. When contacted about this issue, they indicated that students' time is just as valuable as anyone else's on campus and stated that necessary precautions would be taken to ensure that similar incidents do not occur.

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