Parking Spots

Pace Faculty Unfairly Prohibits Student Trade

Parking Spots

Two unidentified students engage in the forbidden selling of parking spots. Photo: Michael Simon

When entering sophomore year, most students are 15 years of age or about to turn 16. However, there exists an elite group of 10th graders who are older than their peers. These sophomores have already passed their driver’s license test and are desperately trying to find a way to drive themselves to school.

One common solution is finding upperclassmen, specifically juniors, who cannot drive to school, and try to pay them to obtain their parking spaces. Unfortunately for these sophomores, several faculty members have discovered this forbidden selling of parking spots due to some poor parking skills by some of the sophomore drivers. The sophomores who have been caught driving to school have been told that if they are caught again, their driving privileges for junior year will be revoked.

The matter has been brought to the attention of Ms. Riley, the dean of the sophomore class, and she had a stern conversation with them at their homeroom meeting one morning. “The buying [of parking spots] is a little unethical,” said Ms. Riley. “As a signal that you have become an upperclassman, you get the privilege of parking on campus.” This logic has been a highly contentious issue among sophomores.

Frankly, if there are upperclassmen who have no use for their parking spots, there should be no rule prohibiting the buying and selling of these parking spots. If some parking spots are going unused, it is a huge waste.

Some of the sophomores who decided to buy a parking spot remarked that their parents need to be at work quite early in the morning, and other students have activities that they need to get to right after school. Since their parents have jobs, they will have difficulty getting there if they are prohibited from driving themselves.

Furthermore, Pace allows parents to pay the school for parking spots at the Pace Auction. “This is different,” said Ms. Riley. “When parents buy the auction spot, the money goes back to the school, while when students pay other students for a parking spot, it is personal trade.” In the grand scheme of things, however, this is still the same process; it involves one person paying another person to allow an underclassman to drive themselves to school and park on campus.