Increase in student population brings changes to University

Hundreds of cars fill the parking lot near the entrance to the University. Commuters and others who park on campus face crowded parking lots across campus. | Tara Enders/The Collegian

Hundreds of cars fill the parking lot near the entrance to the University. Commuters and others
who park on campus face crowded parking lots across campus. | Tara Enders/The Collegian

By RAMON MADDEN 

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The University has reached record numbers and found it necessary to make certain changes to the campus in order to insure accommodations are available to all students and staff.

The plans to add a new entrance to the school from Highway 59 is still in motion and seems to be coming sooner than later.

The retail zone currently being developed should bring more attention to the University and cause enrollment to skyrocket the student population.

Currently, due to the increase in the number of people on campus, finding parking spots has become difficult.

“Finding a reasonable parking spot is nearly impossible, unless I’m looking for one during the weekend when, for the most part, no one is on campus,” said sophomore Stephanie Castillo.

However, some students and staff disagree about the existence of parking issues.

“There are enough parking spaces, just not enough good ones. Everyone just needs some time to settle into a normal routine and it will all be okay,” said President Robert B. Sloan Jr.

When the University opened in 1960, the freshman class only consisted of 193 students. Four years later, the University attained a four-year program with approximately 900 students, all undergraduates.

Now, 53 years later, the University has grown to include several buildings, three residence colleges, Husky Village apartments and three museums.

With the help of this year’s newest additions of Chick-Fil- A and the football team, the University has grown to over 2,500 students, 2,000 of which are undergraduate students.

Stewart Morris, one of the University’s founding fathers, said that if growth continues at this rate, students can expect to see major expansion as the University becomes a presence in the Houston area.

“I can see the University becoming as grand and as wonderful as Rice is. I have faith that every student will give back to this school, whether it be monetary or with service, and make this University highly endowed,” Morris said.

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