New quarter, new students, same long lines

By Thunderword Staff

Finding a decent spot to park and waiting in lines proved to be the main struggles for High- line students during the first week of classes.

In the 2016 to 2017 academic year, 17,134 students were en- rolled at Highline.

This academic year enroll- ment has fallen slightly, with 16,917 students enrolled.

The first week of the quarter was still crowded, however, as parking lots were filled to the brim.

Highline student Jenna Prather shared her experience dealing with parking.

"I can never find a spot that's not carpool, even though I get here 30 to 45 minutes, sometimes an hour before my class starts," Prath- er said.

"They're so full, takes 15 minutes to find parking," Highline student Jasmine Kaur said.

Highline student Zoe Wil- liams had to arrive hours earlier than her class just to ensure a parking spot, she said.

"Today I showed up at 7.... I had class at 10, and it was still really busy," Williams said.

While some students parked off-campus, others attempted to park in the staff and faculty parking spots.

"[This] comes with a cost," said John Theiss, a staff mem- ber from the Placement and Testing Center.

Public Safety began pa- trolling the lots and issuing $30 tickets for parking in the wrong spots last Monday.

Waiting long periods of time

was not limited to parking, however.

One student explained how lines at the bookstore in Building 8 were so long, that they looped through the book- shelves.

"The bookstore was packed,

even in Building 6," said anoth- er student.

Lines for registration and assistance in Building 6 also required a little patience and time.

"It was a 20-minute wait just to get help for a student ID," said one Highline stu- dent.

Staff reporters Jager Dzur- canin, LeiLani Hector, Faaita Upuese, Param Kumar, Mila Hector, and Izzy Anderson con- tributed to this story.

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Club Fair next Tuesday

If you want to join a club at Highline but have questions, visit the Club Fair next Tuesday. The fair will take place in the Mt. Constance room in Building 8. The fair will occur from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Jan. 23, and will have representatives from many of the clubs on campus.

Help with Transfer Portfolio

Students who are planning on transferring to a four-year school but need help with their personal statement essay can attend a seminar on Thursday, Feb. 1. The event will take place in the MESA Center in Building 25 from 12:15-1:15 p.m. Students who want their portfolios reviewed by a representative from surrounding colleges will have that opportunity on Thursday, Feb. 8. The event will take place in the Mt. Constance room from 1:30-4 p.m. Students must register by Jan. 25. You can register in Building 6 in the Transfer Center, or online at

Women's Programs giving tree brings gifts to children

The annual Women’s Program Giving Tree raised enough contributions to help 27 families, which helped give gifts to 70 children. The Women Program and WorkFirst Services Office sponsored the event in December.

Academic Success Centers open house

The Academic Success Centers is holding an open house today from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on floor 6 of the Library. Students will be able to inquire about AANAPISI, the Math Resource Center, MESA, Puente, the Tutoring Center, Umoja, and the Writing Center. The Academic Success Centers offers help on assignments, and has tutoring services.