As the student quotes suggest, parking at Luther can be a bit of a pain. While it may be that Luther actually has enough parking spaces for all the cars that need them, these lots are often so inconveniently located or reserved for faculty/alumni that a lot of student cars will spend a lot of time parked on the streets. This is notoriously bad for students in Larsen, which has a pathetically inadequate parking lot for the students it houses, and around Christmas at Luther, when the College basically banishes student cars to the most remote corner it can find to make room for the crowds. Other dorms have better facilities, but parking can still be a bother.
However, this isn’t a huge problem since campus—and Decorah as a whole—is small enough that almost anything can be reached without a car, and most students will only use theirs to travel on weekends. But what seems like a minor annoyance can be compounded in no time by the SPO cops. A lot of students, especially during the day, don’t want to take the time to find a legitimate spot, and if you do this, it’s a near guarantee that you’ll get a fine, and appealing it isn’t always successful. Similar problems occur in winter, when cars won’t start or get plowed in due to snowfalls. The SPO cops have no sympathy for your car stuck in a professor’s spot due to ice and cold temperatures, and you’ll probably get a ticket for having your car in a snow removal zone, as well. The biggest way to avoid a headache from parking is to be smart and realistic. If you bring a car, be aware that you may be signing up for a hassle and plan accordingly.