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Better President How?

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I've been following the Better President Now! demo that's been going on at Gallaudet for the past two days with interest. It's great to see Deafies standing up for their rights! It's fantastic to see so much coverage on people's blogs too - Deafies in America are doing a fab job of keeping people informed.

The best way to keep yourself informed of the various stuff going on is the United States page on deaf-blogs.com ... though my fave one is probably this. I also think my old mate Joe makes some very good points. They didn't have technology like this during Deaf President Now! in 1988!

Anyway, basically, as we can see, most of the students and staff at Gallaudet don't like Jane Fernandes, who the Board of Trustees do like, and thus gave the job to. Slight problem we have here is that Fernandes is deaf - not Deaf perhaps, but deaf - and can use ASL - not as fluently as they'd like, perhaps, but she can sign. Apparently, she also has an attitude problem; one of the students' reasons for disliking her is because she "doesn't say hi" (! yes, really!).

Perhaps her biggest sin, however, is the fact that she didn't attend Gallaudet as a student?

We all know how much Gallaudet sees itself as leading the Deaf world and representing us all, etc. Well I'm sorry to say but I don't feel either led nor represented by Gallaudet (and yes, I am Deaf, and yes I sign)... perhaps if I was American, I would, but I'm not.

And if you didn't go to Gallaudet, you are less important than everyone else, somehow. Oh dear - because it's not that big, and er, most Deaf people didn't actually go to Gallaudet. Perhaps I'm not being fair and not all Gally alumni are like that, but Ridor does beautifully sum up my point when he says:

"Adam Stone, who is not affiliated with gallaudet University, wrote on his blog.....blah blah blah..... Please, get a clue! Please stick with your RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology) issues where you graduated."

OK, well Ridor obviously didn't agree with Adam (because he seems to like Jane) but is that the best way to argue with him? We are all Deaf, are we not?

As I have said, it IS fab to see Deafies demoing again. I just wish it wasn't cos they didn't like someone..! It reminds me a lot of when we British Deafies demonstrated against James Strachan becoming Chair of the RNId. It didn't feel good then, and I don't suppose it does right now in Gallaudet?

Did we win when we demoed against Stratchan? No.
...I don't think British Deafies really give a stuff who Chairs our organisations, anyway. For the Americans, it seems to be very different. It seems to be REALLY IMPORTANT who is Gally President. Cos they see Gally as leading the Deaf world, to them, the Gally President is a Deaf world leader.

Do I think the Gallaudet Deafies will win against Fernandes? Perhaps.
...But they need a better argument than "she doesn't say hi." (But, what do I know? I didn't go to Gally!)

Good luck!

Comments (6)

I followed it too ! Weiner was a good bet I thought, as he wanted rid of the Big D and wanted more inclusion. As you say nobody in the UK gives a hoot what Gallaudet does really. A 9 day wonder perhaps.

Hmm, if people say that Adam Stone should have no part of the protest even though he's a Deaf person just because he didn't go to Gallaudet? Then why are protesters reaching out to the general population (e.g. Deaf et al) to help them with the protest of whom many of them never went to Gallaudet?

Sounds like irrational hatred going on here.

Just found this link from my good friend in Joe -- you need to understand a little about Adam Stone.

He is pretty much audistic at everything he touches or speaks. He looks down on deaf people who wanted to change the policies.

For 18 years, what did Jordan do other than bringing money in? Practically NOTHING.

Adam did not acknowledge that in the last six years as Provost, Jane Fernandes practically alienated many people from alumni to students to staff to faculty, what makes you think she'd do better in the next 5 to 10 years?

That is the whole point but with Adam's selection of words, he unwittingly pushed for Fernie's agenda to perpetuate the audism on the student body.

Personal hatred? No, not really.

R-

Just found this link from my good friend in Joe -- you need to understand a little about Adam Stone.

He is pretty much audistic at everything he touches or speaks. He looks down on deaf people who wanted to change the policies.

For 18 years, what did Jordan do other than bringing money in? Practically NOTHING.

Adam did not acknowledge that in the last six years as Provost, Jane Fernandes practically alienated many people from alumni to students to staff to faculty, what makes you think she'd do better in the next 5 to 10 years?

That is the whole point but with Adam's selection of words, he unwittingly pushed for Fernie's agenda to perpetuate the audism on the student body.

Personal hatred? No, not really.

R-

Whatever happened, to voting for the best person for the job ? It would seem, 'Deaf' credentials are more important than the skills required to be a dean in America. It all seems very political. If a deaf individual 'wins' this 'race' and it doesn't work out, who will take the can ? I thought Gallaudet was a University, not a deaf club ?

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