Friday, October 13, 2006

Silent protest?

This is silly and just goes to show you that college students have too much time on their hands:

Students at the nation's only liberal arts university for the deaf and hearing-impaired promised Friday to keep the campus shut down in a protest over its incoming president.

Gallaudet University students have blocked access to campus buildings since Wednesday, and the incoming president has refused to step aside.

Why do they want the new president to go?

The protests began last spring when Jane K. Fernandes, the university's provost, was appointed president by the board of trustees. She is scheduled to take over for President I. King Jordan in January.

Fernandes has said some people do not consider her"deaf enough"to be president. She was born deaf but grew up speaking and did not learn American Sign Language, the preferred method of communicating at Gallaudet, until she was 23.

Not deaf enough? Come on. Who makes that call? Are there people who are too deaf to be Gallaudet's president?

I guess things could be worse -- the Gallaudet students could also be handing out root beer like these idiots.

Anyway, how do you say "Hell no, we won't go" in sign language?

Instead of depending on an incorrect news source... Go read ... and read their FAQ to educate you on why they are truly protesting

( Anyway, how do you say "Hell no, we won't go" in sign language? )

you would sign it through sign language. dumbass.
So eloquent, anonymous. "Dumbass" was a nice ending -- really helps prove your point and makes people want to listen to what you have to say.
I just read much of the information on and am not convinced that the "incorrect news source" I originally read was really off the mark.

First, the two "demands" -- reopen the presidential search process and "[n]o reprisals for students, staff, faculty, and alumni" -- are interesting. Its a "give us everything we want, and don't punish us for breaking school rules or the law." With civil disobedience comes the possibility of arrest and "reprisals." Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.

Second, the "Manifesto from DPN Leaders" I think proves the point. Why would the members of "Deaf President Now" be concerned that the lessons learned from the DPN movement would be lost if Dr. Fernandes were to become president? Is it because, as the "incorrect news source" reported, Dr. Fernandes isn't deaf enough? Read the section "Lessons from the 1988 Deaf President Now Movement" -- I think its pretty clear.
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