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Volume CXIII, Number 17
University of Southern California
Wednesday, September 26,1990
Embassy residents petition tram return
Officials stand by DASH decision, despite demands
Map courtMy of RTD; photo by Daniel De La Roaa / Dally Trojan
The DASH service currently in use has come under fire from Embassy residents concerned about safety while waiting for or riding on the buses.
By Gloria Lau
About half of the Embassy Residential College residents, angry at plans to eliminate the tram service in favor of the downtown DASH busline, have signed a petition to university transportation officials demanding either a return to tram service or an overhaul of the DASH service.
The main complaints from residents are that DASH does not operate on schedule and is unsafe at night.
When asked about the DASH agreement, however, Carl Leveredge, the director of transportation and parking, said the university will not reverse the DASH agreement with the city, even after listening to student grievances.
The Embassy tram will remain in operation until all DASH problems are ironed out, Leveredge said.
Students should work with the university and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation in improving the DASH program, he said.
"I think parking and transportation had gotten the message from (previous Embassy residents) that they
wanted more frequency of runs — that every half hour was not sufficient," said Kristine Dillon, associate vice-president of student affairs.
The DASH arrangement is eventually meant to solve the inconvenience of waiting for trams, Dillon said.
But DASH will actually take up more of a resident's time, students said.
A one-way ride to or from the business district on DASH takes from five to 10 minutes longer than on the tram because of the multiple stops between Embassy and campus, said Angela Berry, a graduate student in environmental engineering and one of many co-authors of the petition.
On campus, DASH picks up students at the comer of 35th Street and Exposition Boulevard, but few students board it there because they worry about safety. They are unwilling to stand on an off-campus comer, especially in the evening, Berry said.
Embassy residents are also upset because they were not consulted until the program already had been implemented, Berry said.
"However this current controversy turns out, no USC administrator in the future should make unilateral decisions affecting Embassy without prior consultation of the Embassy community," said Kevin Starr, a faculty mem-
(See DASH, page 8)
Senate votes on open meetings
Resolution seeks diversity on board
By Annette Chadney
The Student Senate will vote today on a resolution that demands a univer-sitywide policy to open all administrative meetings and establish a more culturally diverse board of trustees, though the resolution already has been written off by one university official.
George Abdo, executive assistant to President Zumberge, quickly dismissed the likelihood of the Student Senate changing the makeup of the board.
"(The resolution) is not on the board's agenda and will not be," Abdo said.
The resolution demands that the board include student, faculty and staff representation at all meetings and demands "that the board of trustees make immediate steps to dramatically increase
the racial, sexual and occupational diversity of the board."
The senate has been pushing for a wider representation on the board for a number of years and will continue to challenge the trustees' decision, said Steve Webber, senate president.
"It is important to have a representative on the board of trustees because as it is now, we have no contacts and have no way of understanding the reasons for the decisions that are made," Webber said.
Neither Webber nor David Wells, chairman of the senate's Human Justice Affairs Committee and the author of the resolution, were confident the board would consider the demands spelled out in the resolution.
"The board is not addressing the issue and is not going to, unless they are pressured (See Senate, page 7)
Next year’s parking costs to rise after lot purchase
By Elizabeth Arucan
The purchase of the May Company building for university parking last spring will result in continued hikes in the price of parking permits, said transportation officials Tuesday.
At a cost of $15.5 million, the university's Transportation Planning and Parking Management Services acquired the May Co. warehouse, located on the comer of Jefferson and Hope streets, with plans to convert it into a five-story parking structure.
The purchase was in reaction to the number of campus parking spaces being swallowed up by the construction of new buildings, said Carl Levredge, executive director of the department.
As a result, Levredge said commuters, students and staff can expect another "healthy rate of increase" in parking prices for next fall. He said that specific price increases will not be available until February.
The two main factors contrib-
uting to an expected increase were acquisition and maintenance costs of the May Co. building and the increasing numbers of people participating in ridesharing.
To comply with South Coast Air Quality Management District requirements, the universi-
ty has been encouraging commuters to rideshare. But the result of this environmentally conscious act has been a decrease in parking revenue that has forced the university to make up for the losses in other ways.
(See Parking, page 7)
John Urata / Dally Trojan
The May Co. warehouse will be converted into the University Parking Center, becoming the university’s largest parking facility. The center will be used by commuter and residential students.