Student-formed rules regarding parking in the 9th Street business lot are informally enforced by the upperclassmen of Prep. As students pass their driver’s tests and get behind the wheel, a large majority of the juniors and seniors choose to drive themselves to school, but they may forget to learn the Do’s and Don’ts of parking conveniently across from their high school entrance.
Justin Corsale, a business lot veteran, describes most of the basic rules to follow while parking on 9th Street as ones of courtesy and respect.
“Do: Make sure that you pull all the way up so that other cars can fit through,” said Justin. “Don’t: Block off the passageways through the parking lot and make it so that cars can’t fit.”
Aside from how to park once in the lot, Justin goes on to discuss how to behave once you have correctly parked in the unofficial student lot.
“You have to be respectful to the neighbors and the parking lot,” said Justin. “Definitely don’t litter, play loud music, or be rowdy when it’s early.”
When justice is not served by the student body in some creative way, more official consequences may come as a result of disobeying the rules of the lot.
“Well, people will get angry,” said Justin. “You get a ticket. You don’t get a spot. You end up hitting someone’s car. They’re pretty standard repercussions.”
Adding onto Justin’s general rules for parking in the lot, senior Johnny Kretzing emphasizes the importance of keeping the flow going and cooperating with classmates.
“The lot is a delicate system that requires a vast network of teamwork between its inhabitants,” said Johnny. “Park next to or behind the car that is already parked to ensure that the system doesn’t crumble into anarchy with a post-apocalyptic mindset of ‘every man for himself.'”
Johnny continues by highlighting the importance of leaving space for other students to park and never blocking another classmate in their spot.
“Many people, or should I say barbarians, park too tight to get out a certain way,” said Johnny. “They betray the beautiful order and character of the lot. Move… or face the consequences of everlasting shame and dozens of angry Prep kids putting all types of things on your car.”