University of Texas Austin - Cactus Yearbook (Austin, TX)

 - Class of 1990

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' --Metro ' s udla school etro: Is the Wait? The new busses came equipped with stop indicator cords and air-conditioning, and they had an increased rider capacity compared to the older models, allowing for more passengers to be accommodated comfortably. Although most students claimed that there was less seating room than in the Laidlaw busses, there was more room to stand. " Sure the buses are larger, but they ' re still overcrowd- ed; they need to provide more busses, " Christine Gerheart, computer science sophomore, said. Regardless of the day of the week, bus aisles were usually jammed full of people. One had to be quick to grab a seat. Students often filled the bus stairwell past capacity so that the doors literally seemed to be close to bursting. Gene Souza, a West Campus bus driver, said that on one par- ticular day his bus was so overloaded with students that one girl was injured when she fell out of the rear side door. The accident was not serious, but Souza was quite con- cerned about the safety of his riders. By spring, the controversy still had not been resolved. And as the financial disputes threatened to linger well into summer and even the next fall, once again the students were left waiting on Capitol Metro. story and photos by Carrie Dawson RED LIGHT: Waiting for the light to change, bus driver Gene Souza talks with weary West Campus riders. Shuttle Buses 25

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Capitol It Wort No more yellow dogs for this university! Capitol Metro ' s high-tech buses in 1989 replaced the older Laidlaw school buses, causing mixed emotions on campus. Fall 1989 began the contract signed between the Uni- versity and Capitol Metro for shuttle bus services. The mass-transit buses were larger, air-conditioned and be- lieved to be more effective people-movers, badly needed for the growing number of students who required the shuttle services. However, the new service had disadvantages as well. The University signed a five-year contract and paid Cap- ital Metro $3.2 million a year or $32.84 per student in student services fees. Many students protested the fees since Capital Metro waived city bus fares through 1990, making UT students the only Austin residents paying for bus service. Students sought City Council support and attended meetings with Capital Metro in an effort to have the money refunded. Their efforts to get a full or partial refund from Capitol Metro continued into the spring semester. While the UT Shuttle Bus Committee claimed that Metro ' s free rid- ership program left students footing the bill for the entire transit system, Metro claimed that students were paying for all-student routes such as West Campus and 40-Acres. As for the quality of the Metro service, student reactions were mixed. RUSH HOUR: The noon crowd gathers to board the West Campus bus in front of the PCL. This was a peak time for the shuttles as some students went home to lunch and others arrived for their first classes. 24 Shuttle Buses



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Under Construction Why do people have face-lifts? Is it because they are getting uglier, or do they just want to become more attractive for their peers? Whatever the case, Dobie Center was an aging structure that needed a face-lift, although some residents ' lives were disrupted in the process. Most agreed that the construction was needed to maintain the building ' s integrity. " Dobie needed repairs because the bricks were cracking and pulling away from the building, " resident director Lance King, pharmacy junior, said. " There were things throughout the whole process that could have been done better. " Construction started in spring 1989 and persisted through the summer and well into the fall semester. " Construction was irritating because it hampered the studying atmos- phere, " Tom Stilwell, economics pre-law junior, said. " The dorm life was still normal, though. We had parties and plenty of opportunities to meet people. " Controversy arose during the construction. Students living in Dobie during the spring 1989 semester filed a lawsuit claiming that the construction unduly restricted their use of Dobie ' s facilities. Others claimed that they were exposed to the allegedly toxic chemical Sarabond. " I would really like to know more about this chemical, since I have to live here, " story by Jim Cinocca photos by George Bridge Craig Meyer, pre-med biology freshm Articles about construction problem local newspapers almost every day. things were handled poorly, Dobie undue bad publicity, " King said. Even if construction was proble result was worth it, students said, now than it was before. The modern and the exterior is said. However, there were thos struction was unbearable. Rusty Davis, pre-med biol Some students were re rooms were finished, downtown for a bus just " The hotel situation s ufifortunat sidered, it was the bes Overall, the cons others thought tl residents thought was long overi one happy fo{ ' of thj ore altr; vholfelj not life sshmanj live having] spearing in lough some lent received rhile, the end better off tilding is more Ictive, " Stilwell that the ' .re again, ' con- said .o fait dir lid. tels while their on the curb er, " Davis said, all things con- isplJased some while was Tforthlthe hassle. Most receive a face-lift that ' ou cjnnot make every- 26 Dobie Construction

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