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Record enrollment surpasses 10,000
—By Lynn Werner
For the first time since the University was founded in 1916, more than 10,000 students enrolled for the 1977 fall semester, making UW-Eau Claire the third largest university in the UW-system. Total enrollment was 10,326; 4,549 men and 5.777 women. UW-Madison had the largest enrollment and UW-Milwaukce ranked second.
Because of a larger budget, additional facilities were made available. 30 more professors were hired and a record number of freshmen were enrolled. Harvey Retzack. registrar management technician, said. Freshmen numbered 2.633. an increase of about 360 from 1976. he said. Of these. 1.053 were men und 1.580 were women.
The remaining figures are: 752 other freshmen. 2.006 sophomores. 1.736 juniors. 2.192 seniors. 517 graduate students and 490 special students. Retzack said.
Commenting on the increased enrollment. sophomore Kathy Stengl said. "Last year I could come to the library and find a place right away. This year I come at seven and it takes me 10 minutes to find a seat.”
One consequence of the increased enrollment was a greater demand for on-campus housing. Douglas Hallatt. director of housing, said. More students applied for dormitories than there was available space. Although rooms were saved for new freshmen, Hallatt said, it was anticipated more upper classmen would live off-campus.
Prior to the start of the semester, the dorm waiting list consisted of 600 to 700 students. Hallatt said the list dwindled as some students decided to attend other schools, or found off-campus housing.
Because the dorms were limited to 3.560 students. Professional Food Management served the same number of on-campus students as in previous years. Due to the Blugold Room addition. however, there was an increase in receipts, said Lanny Okonek. food service director.
"Generally, I haven't noticed more people.” Laurie Lcspcrancc, senior psychology major said, "although 1 have noticed that even with the new part added on. there is no place to sit in the Blugold. The only way to get a seat in there is to come during class-lime instead of between classes."
Transportation problems also increased with enrollment. Almost 3.000 parking decals hud been issued by the end of September. Barbara Pond, safety security stenographer, said. Of these, 850 were issued to faculty members and about 150 to car pools. Commuting students bought 1.400 parking decals and dorm students bought 580. Pond said.
Buying a decal did not guarantee a parking place. Students and faculty members were often forced to park far from campus or risk getting a parking ticket for illegal parking. On an average day. about 150 tickets were issued. Pond said, but many were later dismissed.
Many students rode their bicycles, rather than facing car problems. But lack of bike parking spaces caused many students to park in undesig-nated areas. As a result. Safety Security Officers considered a confiscation policy for improperly parked bicycles. Opposition from the Student Senate temporarily set aside this idea. New bike racks and cold weather postponed the need for a workable plan until spring. O
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