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ParkTXST submits petitions to fix campus parking

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ParkTXST president Catching Valentinis-Dee (center) and political science junior Tennyson Moreno (right) walk side by side leading the rally through the Quad on Wednesday, March 8, 2023.

On March 8, the student led organization ParkTXST, held a rally at the Undergraduate Admissions Center (UAC) Arch followed by a marched to President Kelly Damphousse’s office to deliver a number of petitions. 
During the rally, Catching Valentinis-Dee, president of ParkTXST and a geography urban & regional planning senior, delivered a speech in which he listed issues with the current parking system and potential solutions for those flaws.
One of the main focuses of ParkTXST is the cost students, some of which are financially insecure, have to pay for either parking passes or for parking tickets.
“Because those of you who don’t know, [in] San Marcos, you get a parking ticket over there you’ll be charged $20, get a parking ticket here, you’ll be charged at least $40,” Valentinis-Dee said.
After Valentinis-Dee’s speech, the rally began a march from the UAC Arch toward the J.C Kellam Administration Building to deliver the petitions, which were signed by 4561 students, to the office of President Kelly Damphousse. 
When the ParkTXST rally arrived to deliver the petitions, Damphousse was not in his office, but he mentioned parking in a tweet hours before the ParkTXST rally.
“I’m always impressed by how much parking is available here,” Damphousse said on Twitter.
After delivering the petitions, and a note for Damphousse to executive assistant Mary Ann Mendoza, Valentinis-Dee indicated that submitting the petitions was just a step for his organization, and ParkTXST would continue advocating for improvements in on campus parking going forward.
To keep up with future ParkTXST events, follow them on Instagram at ParkTXST, or TikTok at ParkTXST.

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  • ParkTXST organizers deliver over 4,000 petitions to President Damphousses’ office on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, at the JCK building.

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