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Provost says local park won’t be used for football parking

Mary Reyes
Provost Watson

Texas A&M Provost Karan Watson addressed the Faculty Senate meeting Monday about issues such as football parking at Veterans Park and concealed carry on campus.
After the parking lot at Veterans Park came under consideration for the “Get to the Grid” program designed to increase available football gameday parking, the Brazos Valley Youth Soccer Association released a letter last week advocating against the notion. Monday, Watson said the park won’t be used as a park-and-ride option.
“They’re working it,” Watson said. “I can tell you, that’s not what we’re going to use. They’re working with the city on alternates. They should have that before the end of the week, is all. So just hold, it’s coming.”
Addressing concealed carry on campus, Watson said there is still uncertainty and administrators are working to make sure the best solution for A&M is brought forward. 
“I know that the system approach on this has been to refer to what police force and overwhelmingly security forces recommend, and that we would urge that the legislatures listen to them, in mass, not just one individual, but what they have recommended,” Watson said.
Watson said administrators have been listening closely to police and security officers on campus.
“It is more worrisome to our security and our police force,” Watson said. “Because on the occasion that you might actually need a weapon they are deathly afraid they’re going to come on a scene and not know who the good guys and the bad guys are. And they are more afraid of the consequence and the cost in lives and in their personal health and in the university’s liability if they come on a scene and they can’t discern quickly enough where the problem is in a given situation.”
While some faculty members expressed concerns of enforcing the rules, Watson said that people who are going to become violent, will do so whether or not they have a permit. 
“The problem is crazies don’t get a permit before they go crazy,” Watson said. “The perpetrator of real violence for us is usually not the person that  follows all the rules.”

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