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Chancellor Joan Davis is a LIAR!

Editorial by Leonard “Lenny” Vasbinder

Yes, I said it — Delgado Community College’s Chancellor Joan Davis is a LIAR!

Just two days ago at the impromptu meeting held at the DCC Admin Bldg 37, Chancellor Davis met with a group of students protesting the cancellation of their programs. “TV Production and Mass Communication Programs are NOT canceled,” said Davis, several times. Further, Davis said that the boards of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS www.lctcs.edu) have not voted yet so the programs are not canceled until the LCTCS says they are.

This was reported on Wednesday.

Chancellor Davis says “TV Production and Mass Comm programs are NOT canceled”

During the meeting, Davis repeated that the entire issue involving the report of cancellation of the programs was due to a “miscommunication” and it seems that she was lying about that as well. It was not a “miscommunication” but rather an entire debacle by an ineffective administration that clearly does not know what they are doing. The only problem with Chancellor Davis and the current administration seems to be that she and they need to take the Mass Communication program at Delgado so she and they can learn how to properly and effectively communicate to the masses.

Oh wait, she can’t take the Mass Comm program since it has been canceled.

At the Student Advisory meeting starting at 9 a.m. today, Friday May 5, 2017, almost every student interviewed said the same thing, “they don’t know what is going on or what is going to happen except the TEVP and MSCM classes are no longer available for the Summer or Fall 2017 semesters,” said several students.

Since I had already scheduled more MSCM classes for the Fall, including continuing to write for The Delgado Dolphin Newspaper, I also had to have a meeting with an advisor but I waited to be last so I could talk to students exiting from their advisory session. I also met with Prof. Michael Santos, who was advising many of the students this morning, and I was told the same thing, that the programs are definitely canceled.

As written on this Post-it note on one of the documents that were given to one student, “Will look at classes to sub for remaining 12 hours in TEVP.” The student said this Post-it note was written by Professor Michael Santos.

“They still don’t know what is going to happen,” said Mia Ekola. “If you are over 50 percent completed with your program, you can get a teach-out solution,” said Ekola. Ekola also said that she was asked, “If you have to change your major, which one would you consider?” Ekola felt like she was put on the spot to choose another major other than TV Production.

“They don’t know what is going on. It sucks. I can’t register for the Fall semester,” said Chardonnay Jones. “My advisor, Mr. Jackson, said he can’t answer what is going to happen,” said Jones. When I asked him about financial aid and getting a refund for the money that I spent so far, I was told, “you have to speak to Financial Aid,” said Jones.

“The magic number is 50 percent for getting a teach-out solution,” said Jacob Bensimon, a TV Production major. “My advisor, Prof. Michael Santos, told me that Editing, Corporate, and Documentary classes will no longer exist,” said Bensimon. Bensimon says that Santos gave him information about UNO’s film program. When Bensimon asked Santos what was happening to his job, Santos told Bensimon, “I’m not going anywhere.”

“F#%K DELGADO!,” said one of the more vocal and clearly upset students, Rachelle Davis, who took classes in both, TV Production and Mass Communications. “If they were going to lie, they could have given us more than just cookies,” said Davis, as she was eating a couple of chocolate chip cookies that were being offered as a snack to the affected students.

“A lot of talented people — Professor’s Bob Dunn, Lynn Robertson, Susan Hague, and Corinne Clements-Russo — spend a lot of money out of their own pockets to further their classes because Delgado doesn’t give them the money that is needed,” continued Rachelle Davis. “All the reports of DCC missing millions of dollars and the disappearance of equipment and they are canceling our education?” said Davis. The only classes I had left to graduate were Documentary and Corporate and both have been eliminated.

“If you are looking for disappointment, move to New Orleans and go to Delgado Community College!” said Davis.

“F#%K DELGADO!” repeated Davis.

“I am mostly done with the TV Program and only have a couple of general studies classes left but there are foreign students who are affected and could be deported since they might not be able to continue with their studies at Delgado,” said Alex Chacon. “I would not recommend Delgado to anyone. Things could have been done so much better,” said Chacon. “I feel sad for the students who had no warning that this was going to happen. I also feel sad for Bob, Lynn, and Susan,” said Chacon, referring to Professor’s Bob Dunn, Lynn Robertson, and Susan Hague. “This is a wake-up call for me about what can happen in life,” said Chacon who also said, “You need to know who is the man behind the man!”

As previously reported, how will they handle the proposed teach-out solutions if all the professors and instructors involved in the programs are being fired?

What could have been done to make this a better situation for everyone?

First, Chancellor Davis and her administration should have put this news out back in March 2017 when they first learned that some programs were going to be cut. This would have given students time to absorb what was happening and to start thinking about what they were going to do.

Further, Chancellor Davis and her administration should have published the short list of possible programs that might be cut to give the affected students, faculty, and staff a chance to write letters and send emails to the administration and the LCTCS boards to try and save their education and careers.

With the way Davis and her administration handled this, with the news coming out at the beginning of final exams week, the news created undo chaos, controversy, and confusion for students. When they should have been studying and preparing for their exams, they ended up having meetings, protests, and countless hours on Facebook and social media trying to make sense of this untimely end of their education careers.

Now, going a little old school, The Keystone Kops or The Three Stooges would have done a better job with the entire situation than Chancellor Davis and her administration.

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I finished writing this article earlier Friday night but I wanted to step back from it, then revisit it to make sure it accurately reflected what I and my fellow students wanted to say. Since I could not ask or expect any of my fellow newspaper classmates, editors, or Professor Hague to be part of this editorial, I had to act as my own writer, reviewer, and editor.

The finished product clearly reflects what is happening right now at Delgado Community College.

S/Leonard “Lenny” Vasbinder

EDITED – Sunday May 7, 2017, at 7 p.m. to add image of email from a student’s phone.

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One Response to "Chancellor Joan Davis is a LIAR!"

  1. Delgado Dolphin says:

    I finished writing this article earlier Friday night but I wanted to step back from it, then revisit it to make sure it accurately reflected what I and my fellow students wanted to say. Since I could not ask or expect any of my fellow newspaper classmates, editors, or Professor Hague to be part of this editorial, I had to act as my own writer, reviewer, and editor.

    The finished product clearly reflects what is happening right now at Delgado Community College.

    s/Leonard “Lenny” Vasbinder

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