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6 Stooges Project 3 Ideas

Page history last edited by Austin Hunt 9 years, 3 months ago

At least two Wayne State exigencies:

    1. Wayne State Lights are always on!
      • Conjecture
        • Problem is that the lights are on when they don’t need to be, energy is being wasted as well as money. We know that when they are on at night there’s no one in the building. Budget issues has caused the issue
      • Definition
        • The problem is part of a larger problem that we have outdated light fixtures. We could update them and get more energy efficient lighting or automatic lighting.
      •  Quality
        • The problem may be serious enough to get a good financial gain (saving) in order to invest it in other areas, to save the environment. The problem will affect students and administrators and employees of Wayne State University.
      •  Policy
        • Yes problem should be submitted in a formal procedure, we need research to establish what other universities are doing and how we can do it better. The school board should be involved in solving the problem, probably environmental groups should be involved in order to make sure that the solution is also a good solution for the environment. The cost and expenses needs to justify the adjustments.  
    2. Wayne State Tunnels
    3.  Wayne state app emergency button in an app that gives them access to phone and GPS. Could be integrated into the Wayne State.
    4. Defective parking meters around Wayne State 

at least one Detroit Community exigency:

    1. M-1 Rail, why we need more public transportation.

at least one broader economic, social or technological exigency:

    1. Use of Bitcoin in a broad economy to solve the problem of feasible international transfer of value.
      1. Conjecture - Credit cards are an expensive and unfeasible way to transfer value between individuals and companies because they add an extra layer of fees. One solution to this problem is to use a crytocurrency which is a de-centralized way to transfer value over the internet. The Bitcoin project is a good solution to this problem for a few reasons. First, it is truly de-centralized. Second, it has credibility and is gaining credibility as a payment method in many online stores the most notable being IBM. 
      2. Definition -  The problem is that we can not easily transfer value between individuals using the internet in today's economy. This problem is further complicated when one attempts to transfer value overseas.
      3. Quality - In our day, being able to quickly transfer value over the internet is quite important. This problem effects the economy of the internet which is the fastest growing economy.  
    2. Solar panels on East face of buildings




1. Conjecture (stasis stochasmos)—Is there an act or problem to be considered?  Can or should something be done about problem X?  What facts do we know?  What caused a problem?


A problem to be considered is the increasing number defective parking meters throughout the Wayne State University campus. A solution to the problem is to identify which of the parking meters are defective, and replace them. It may also be a logical solution to replace all of the meters, considering the rate that they are continuing to fail. Facts currently known are the great amount of defective parking meters, as well as the fact that many students and visitors are receiving tickets, without being given the opportunity to pay for parking space.


2. Definition (stasis horos)—How can the act or problem be defined?  Is the problem part of a larger set/class of problems?  Are there multiple parts to the problem? Can our act be defined by a Genre (of Technical Communication)? 


Many of the Wayne State Parking meters are not functional, and although they are not functional, parking enforcement continues to ticket vehicles parked at the dysfunctional meters, regardless of the amount of time the vehicle has been parked at such defective meter.


3. Quality (stasis poiotes)—How serious is the act or problem?  Who might the problem affect (stakeholders)?  What is the specific exigence for writing something? 


Many students are receiving tickets for parking at defective meters. The problem is relatively serious. I do not believe that this problem will cause any physical harm to people parking at Wayne State University, however, on several accounts I have heard from students that this is an ongoing issue, which is causing some distress.


This is causing issues to any person unaware of the laws of defective parking meters throughout the Wayne State University campus. People may park, and then find that they are unable to pay. If the person parks and gets out of their vehicle to pay and finds that they can not pay, they have lost time in their day if they decide to move, and risk a ticket if deciding to stay. Wayne State University and/or the city of Detroit could also be missing out on money that they could ethically received from legally parked vehicles.


I am currently unaware of the exact laws regarding a defective meter, but it seems that the regulations of the enforcement on the meter have not been made clear. On several accounts, students have told me that if a parking meter is defective, parking enforcement is not authorized to ticket the vehicle parked in such space, which leads me to believe that many people are misinformed, as they are. On several instances, students have received tickets while parked at defective meters.  This is unethical in my opinion, for any person receiving a ticket for parking in a spot where they were not given the opportunity to pay should not be subject to penalty, especially being unaware of the potential fine. Furthermore, if parking enforcement continues to ticket the vehicles parked at defective meters, this is ultimately causing an unnecessary deficiency of legal parking spaces on the Wayne State University campus. 


4. Policy (stasis metalepsis)—Should this problem/act be submitted to some formal procedure? Or what forms of research, writing and subsequent action might be required? What else needs to be done to solve the problem?   Who should be involved in solving the problem? 


This problem could be submitted as formal procedure. The defective parking meters on the Wayne State University campus could be identified, either by my team and myself. An additional option could be to encourage any person experiencing issues related to this parking meter dysfunction to submit the location of any broken meter, whether it be online, or a drop box placed in an easily accessible location on the campus, which would give an even more accurate recognition of this problem.


Comments (5)

Austin Hunt said

at 7:58 am on Mar 3, 2015

Another note for the Detroit rail. There is a highway congestion issue that could be solved for those who commute because people could park in midtown and catch the train into work. Additionally, this action could encourage more people to live in the city because they would have better access to the city from farther out without needing to own or use personal transportation.

Brian Atiyeh said

at 9:42 am on Mar 3, 2015

except for the lack of parking in midtown because of Wayne State

Ashley Nivison said

at 10:09 am on Mar 3, 2015


Humayoun Ahmed said

at 10:09 am on Mar 3, 2015


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