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Gallaudet classes slated to resume Monday

October 15, 2006


— Classes were scheduled to resume Monday at the nation's only liberal arts university for the deaf and hearing-impaired after more than 100 demonstrators were arrested in a protest over its incoming president.

Gallaudet University had been virtually shut down since Wednesday, when students formed human chains at the gates into campus as they demanded the resignation of Jane K. Fernandes, who was appointed in the spring to succeed outgoing President I. King Jordan in January.

Those opposed to Fernandes' presidency say she isn't open to different points of view and that the selection process did not reflect the student body's diversity.

Fernandes, however, has said some people do not consider her "deaf enough" to be president - a characterization that some students have rejected. Fernandes 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.


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