September brings back football, hoodie weather, pumpkin spice-flavored everything and, of course, the struggle of getting to campus. While being a commuting college student can be a hassle sometimes, I am here to help you through it. My name is Waldy Diez, a senior journalism major and fourth-year commuter student who commutes 40 minutes from Hammonton. Whether it’s dealing with a flat tire, being in charge of a club, juggling work and class or even [unfortunately] getting into a car accident, I feel like I’ve done it all. I will write weekly articles to help you through your time at Rowan as a commuter student. Here are some generic things every commuter should know.
Parking on campus has always been a hassle, but luckily Rowan has added a new commuter lot. Commuter lots are labeled A, C, D, M-1, R, Y and X, across the street from Rowan Boulevard, which used to be a residential lot. If you haven’t done so already, make sure your vehicle is registered to avoid getting a ticket. Parking permits are available online at rowan.thepermitstore.com and cost $125 for the year and $75 for the fall semester. It’s best to come to campus early to ensure that you can find a spot quickly. But if you are coming to campus after 4:30 p.m., commuters may park in employee lots H, P and Z-1. There is also no parking allowed between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.
If you need to park overnight, visit Rowan Public Safety in Bole Hall Annex next to Bunce Hall. They will issue you an overnight hang tag for Lot B. Students will fill out a form with their name, address, phone number and the license plate number, make, model and color of their car. Overnight passes are usually valid for 24 hours, but multi-day passes are available upon request.
Lockers are available for student use in the Student Center next to the mailroom. Lockers are free and students are required to bring their own lock. Also located in the Student Center on the second floor is the Office of Community Standards and Commuter Services. Brandy Bennett, the coordinator, has information about commuting and how to navigate the off-campus living process.
Last but not least, I highly recommend you enroll in the Rowan Emergency Alert system. Log into Self-Service Banner and click on “Rowan Alert.” There, you can set up email, text and even instant messaging alerts. Any time there is inclement weather, school closings or delays, Rowan will send out a message to everybody enrolled. There have been a few times where Rowan Alert has saved me a 40-minute ride through the snow.
I hope these basic reminders help you start your year off right and that you enjoy your years as a Rowan Prof.
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