Students at Castleton State College have their very own single-name character, named after a not-so-flattering movie character.Public safety officer Bradley Adair, The now 7-year veteran, got his nickname not for his good deeds, but rather from frustration by the Castleton student body.
He’s “McLovin,” and he’s ok with that.
You see Adair, who is amused by his nickname, has a rough job because people constantly hassle him. It is not his choice to walk around issuing parking tickets at a rate of 20 to 40 a day four days a week, but rules need to be followed.
His job, he said, is to keep the student body safe and to maintain order on campus.
“The school does not tell him to write a certain amount (of tickets) or even write any at all,” said Bob Godlewski, the head of Public Safety.
The student body’s take on the situation is rather different, though.
At $20 a ticket, students say the college must be cleaning up.
“The ticket Nazi is out to get us. He just writes tickets so more money gets brought in for the Public Safety office,” said Castleton student Dave Razcka.
This is a big misconception, Adair said.
“The money from the tickets goes straight to a general fund for the school to use in all areas. We even buy the books of tickets ourselves and receive none of the money we obtain through the violations,” Adair said.
So what happens to the general fund then?
Have the student parking tickets helped build the new football facility? Or pay for power in the dorms? Or does it pay for landscaping?
“The fund is not very large nor is it a source of revenue. The money gathered from parking tickets is used for the costs of running the college. It pays for things like the damage from parking on the grass,” said Bill Allen, dean of administration.
So what’s wrong with that, right?
“What’s wrong with that is things are still not organized and parking sucks. There are too many tickets given out and not enough room to put my whip. Half the time people park like idiots and take two spots,” said bitter Castleton student Tyler Ericson.
But school officials say there is plenty of parking, just not where the students always want it to be.
“We are not going to charge you guys for parking like most other schools do. We are just going to bill you if you park the wrong way,” Allen said.
So Adair and other Public Safety officers will continue to write tickets for offenders who choose to illegally park closer.
Asked how he feels about dishing tickets out daily and dealing with complaints, Adair said it has gotten easier.
“It was tougher when I was a student officer because I would know people in class who I gave tickets to and sometimes I felt uncomfortable,” he said.
Now used to his officer duties and being more mature, “McClovin” has no problem dealing with students and their name-calling. Some days are harder than others for the man with black glasses in the tucked in gray, double-shoulder patched officer button-down.
“All in all it is worth the stresses the job provides. I enjoy helping people every day,” said our Superbad friend.