The Biological Sciences Greenhouse at OSU has been fortunate to have multiple bloomings of the Titan Arum, aka, the corpse flower. They have its smaller but also smelly cousin, the Voodoo Lily. From its bruise-colored bloom that resembles a corpse, to its stench of rotting flesh, this tropical flower masks its beauty to attract its pollinators.
Fees For Ohio State Parking Permits And Hourly Parking Increasing
The private operator of Ohio State University parking operations has increased hourly rates at the 18 campus parking garages. The higher parking garage rates are the first of more planned changes.
CampusParc took over day-to-day parking operations at OSU last fall after its parent company QIC Corporation of Australia paid the university nearly a half-billion dollars. CampusParc President Sarah Blouch says hourly rates at all 18 campus garages were increased last month.
“QIC paid for the system; there are some expectations on revenue,” Blouch says.
For short term parking, rates were boosted by 50 percent or more, depending on length of stay. The charge is capped at $10 when a car is parked five hours or longer. Blouch says for those drivers CampusParc offers other options.
“The majority of the customers that come are short term parkers. Those who stay all day, there’s a lot of other options available to them. If they’re student, faculty, or staff or frequent guests, they can get a parking pass, prepaid, so that they don’t have to pay that daily rate.”
CampusParc says it anticipates a 5 and half percent increase in 2014 for student, faculty and staff parking permits.
Currently OSU has 50-thousand active parking permits.