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New chancellor Dr. Joe May

By Mai Bader
On May 13, 2014

    The same argument can be made for police officers on campus. However, students do tend to [blindly] trust the campus police with guns more than other students or faculty [despite numerous people pointing out the errors of their faulty logic such as police having higher crime rates and less stringent legal requirements in order to carry firearms and maintain their licensure than CHL holders, and the fact that CHL holders are constantly moving around them with concealed handguns without their knowledge]. This may be because [the Chronicle staff errantly believes] officers are trained to protect others as well as themselves, [and are unaware that the courts have ruled numerous times that the police have absolutely no obligation to provide protection to others even if they know a crime is taking place, that police as an entity did not exist before the 1800s and only then were created to investigate crimes after they took place and provide a macro-level deterrent system for crime, and that the courts have ruled numerous times that individuals have the right and responsibility to protect themselves, their family, and their property from attack.]

    It may be because an officer is required to know how to handle a gun properly as part of his job [and the Chronicle staff is unaware that CHL holders have almost the exact same testing requirements as police officers, being required to pass a written and a shooting test after taking an extensive state-mandated class]. Whatever it is, [Chronicle staff continue to believe that] police officers are here to protect us [and would do well to read more history and case law references before writing such blatantly false information]. [At the time of publishing, they refused to do any research and insisted on asserting that] Bringing more guns on a campus will cause more conflict than it will solve [despite no references which would support this claim. Numerous references, such as Lott's *More Guns, Less Crime,* which pulls from extensive data, would show that their fuzzy logic doesn't stand up to scientific scrutiny.]

    [The Chronicle staff believes] There should always be regulations to keep guns and other weapons [like ropes, scalpels, chemicals, hands, cars, etc] off of school campuses [in order for them to be able to stay in their fantasy world where they have a false sense of security from believing that regulations will do anything but disarm the law-abiding and sane people while being disobeyed by the criminals], but [they begrudgingly recognize that] this won't stop some people from bringing a firearm to class and opening fire. Female Student #comment 2

A group of 20 students and faculty members were greeted with a handshake and a warm smile from new Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) chancellor, Dr. Joe May.

May took over as chancellor on Feb. 26. He replaced Dr. Wright L. Lassiter Jr., who retired in December.

The conference room in the DCCCD District Building was filled with students and faculty representing the district colleges for a luncheon with the chancellor. The chancellor was there to answer questions from students of the different campuses.

Some of the topics include, offering additional technology for our campuses, such as high-end projectors, keeping tuition affordable as much as possible and continuing to meet the needs of community colleges.

"I want to see students succeed; to leave with a degree that is a value to you." May.  He encouraged students to finish at one of the many campuses DCCCD offers with an associate degree and then pursue a four-year degree. May stated that, "Those who graduate with an associate degree earn about 12-15 percent more than those who transfer without.

He is a long-time educator and leader in post-secondary colleges and technical school fields in a number of states including Colorado and Virginia.

May was once an adjunct professor at Cedar Valley College. The chancellor is excited to be back in his native state of Texas.

His focus and goal as a chancellor is for students and faculty to succeed as a community, a symbolic nee to be successful. "What we have at DCCCD is really a special place for you."

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