Most students get a very sour taste in their mouths when someone mentions anything about parking, especially at the beginning of the semester, during midterms, or during finals. The students that drive to campus (which includes most of the students that attend IUPUI) usually cannot get a parking spot and be on time to class unless they show up at 7 or 8 a.m. This is the best time to try and find parking, and if students can force themselves to get up this early, then it is a perfect opportunity for them to find some quiet time to study before class. In other words, the early bird catches the worm—and the late bird flies into class like a bat out of hell.
The decisions IUPUI Parking Services makes are very closely scrutinized by the students. There have been articles in the school newspaper, the Sagamore, about the discrepancy between the amount of parking passes sold versus the amount of spots available. There are many more passes sold than there are spots available. Students in the School of Liberal Arts actually printed a bumper sticker once that read “Food Parking, why not both?” A phrase which sounds similar to IUPUI’s slogan, “IU, Purdue, why not both?” If there is one thing most students complain about, it is parking.