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Peanut butter in a parking lot

Southern Illinois University Carbondale has forgiven $7,000 in parking tickets in exchange for donations of peanut butter.

CARBONDALE — Southern Illinois University Carbondale has forgiven $7,000 in parking tickets in exchange for donations of peanut butter.

A one-day food drive, which took place Nov. 9, gave delinquent parkers the chance to cancel a citation, up to $35 per person, with the donation of at least two 16-ounce jars of peanut butter.

In total, SIU’s Department of Public Safety collected 519 jars of peanut butter, resulting in a reduction of $7,000 in parking fines, according to Lori Stettler, SIUC’s vice chancellor for student affairs.

Staff will provide the donated jars to the Saluki Food Pantry on Thursday, Stettler said.

The Saluki Food Pantry, located on the lower level of the Student Center, “provides food assistance to students in times of need, helping them to stay in school and meet their educational goals,” according to its website.

Parking on campus without a valid SIU decal or parking in an unauthorized lot will get you a $35 citation, per Parking Division policies. Any car that accrues three unpaid citations is subject to immobilization, better known as “the boot.”

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Gabriel Neely-Streit is a reporter for The Southern covering higher education.

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