SATIRE — A student who rode on the new parasailing feature via one of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette buses crashed into the fifth floor of H.L. Griffin Hall on Monday, March 29.
Recently, the Department of Transportation at UL Lafayette installed a parasailing device on the back of the buses for emergency usage for when buses are full.
Due to the university’s “No Parking Anywhere Except Cajun Field” policy along with COVID-19 restrictions, the number of student riders on on-campus buses increased drastically. Therefore, the university had to implement something to resolve this issue.
According to Jackelyn Borderer, a sophomore commuter at UL Lafayette, she had never seen this many students needing to ride the bus from Cajun Field to campus. She believed something needed to be done to control the crowdedness.
“We wanted to solve this problem as well as provide amusement for our students during this chaotic time,” Gus Station of the Department of Transportation at UL Lafayette said.
Dryden Awall, a UL Lafayette junior, rode the parasailing feature the morning of March 18, and, according to his friend Landry Patwell who rode inside the bus at the time, “didn’t expect this at all.”
According to Patwell, the bus driver was running behind, and it was very windy as well. However, Awall insisted on riding it because he had to get home to teach his online pilates class.
The bus traveled Rex Street with Awall in the air when a gust of wind blew him around uncontrollably. The speed of the bus plus the wind led Awall to crash straight into the building.
“I thought he was a giant bug or bird that was just flying all over the place,” Frida Lay Joney from H.L. Griffin Hall said. “Then I saw him coming closer to the building.”
All the students and faculty in H.L. Griffin Hall evacuated due to the crash.
Awall crashed through the window and landed in the classroom of an ongoing Spanish class.
He sustained a broken leg along with cuts and bruises and plans to sue UL Lafayette for his injuries. He also demands the removal of the parasailing feature on the buses.
Awall also blames H.L. Griffin for being too tall of a building. He believes he was set up for failure after seeing how unavoidable the building was.
The university has thus decided to make H.L. Griffin a one-story building.
However, due to high demand from students, the university decided to keep the parasailing feature and turned it into a ride for the public for the weekends.
The buses will now be located at Girard Park Saturdays and Sundays for people to ride the parasail.
“I don’t know why they would want to keep this dangerous thing,” Awall said. “I won’t be surprised if someone crashed into Legacy Apartments or something.”