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Bitch of the Year!

Posted in Gallaudet by Robs on October 30, 2006

Jane K. Fernandes was terminated by the Board of Trustees.

Now the Gallaudet folks are erupting in heavy celebrations and they can start the healing process.


Send a note to Tom Humphries …

Posted in Gallaudet by Robs on October 28, 2006

Send a note to Tom Humphries

Since Tom Humphries himself was recently quoted saying,

“Just today – just just today I got 50, (re-emphasizing) 50 emails who support JK!!!!”

We have to prove him and his mailbox wrong with 500+ emails!

Send him an email by 5 p.m. today saying, “I do not support JK as the 9th president and she must resign.” No threats or insults please- we need his vote when he becomes undelusional.

Website of his brief interview:

Send a letter

Posted in Gallaudet by Robs on October 26, 2006

Source: The Gallaudet University FSSA Coalition

Send a Letter to the Board of Trustees!

Calling on Community Members:

Please let the Gallaudet University Board of Trustees know your deep wish that they end the crisis at Gallaudet University.

Please send a letter via email to Board Liaison Patti Kunkle at and to Brenda Jo Brueggemann, Acting Chair of the BoT, at

Please send your letter today!

Please send a copy to FSSA at  We will make sure all Board Members receive these letters.

You may compose your own letter or use the following form letter:

October 25, 2006

Dear Board of Trustees Members:

It should be clear to you by now that Gallaudet University is in crisis and fighting for its life.  It should also be clear to you that Dr. Jane Fernandes is unable to build bridges and bring us to resolution.

I am a (student, staff member, faculty member, alumnus, family member, friend of Gallaudet).  I support the demands of the Faculty Student Staff and Alumni Coalition (FSSA) that Jane K. Fernandes resign or be removed from office and the search process be reopened, and that there be no reprisals for protesters.

Yours for a united Gallaudet,
Your name

New Political Cartoon by Tony McGregor

Posted in art, cartoon, Gallaudet by Robs on October 21, 2006

If Francisco de Goya (1746–1828) was alive, this is how he would view the Gallaudet situation: Unity for Gallaudet.

This is an imitation of Goya’s work. Tony L. McGregor did a similar drawing in reaction to French occupation of Spain in the early 19th century. Goya himself is deaf as well.

The Shooting of May Third 1808

My friend’s poem entitled: The Protest at Gallaudet University

Posted in Gallaudet, poetry by Robs on October 19, 2006

I post a poem written by my friend Shannon Kapp. Hope you enjoy reading!

The Protest at Gallaudet University

The Protest at Gallaudet University,

Flame has been flamed,

You can feel the beat of the people,

Demanded to be heard and seen,

Yelling two demands!

That must be fulfilled.

So many of us,

We want the best of Gallaudet University!!!

Yes, we may be arrested,

Ignored, oppressed or even been lied to.

But our spirit cannot be shattered.

There are so many people

Around the world.

Supporting our protest,

From California to New York,

Even different countries,

As well as Faculty, Staff, Student and Alumni

The protesters may be arrested,

But Administrators forget,

Still, because there are so many people out there supporting,

Our mascot, the Bison!

Bison is meaning of strength and unity.

We are united and expand our strength!

Unity for Gallaudet!

The Spirit lives within us,

That cannot be replaced

Or even removed.

The story lives with us in time without end.

That must be passed to generations to generations.

Representing the true colors inside of Gallaudet.

Our voices will not be erased,

Listen to one voice out there.

Unity for Gallaudet!

By Shannon Kapp
October 13, 2006

Hunger Strike!

Posted in Gallaudet by Robs on October 19, 2006

Several students have gone on hunger strikes to oppose the choice of Jane Fernandes as Gallaudet’s next president. Jon Kessell was the first to go on strike, starting at 4:32 a.m. Last Friday, and Debbie Potts was the most recent to join in, on Sunday at 5 p.m.

Jon Kessell – 13 October at 4:32 AM

Nixo Lanning – 13 October at 2:00 PM

David Simmons – 13 October at 2:37 PM

Rena Dunn – 13 October at 4:17 PM

John McMahon – 13 October at 5:33 PM

Kenny Berrigan – 13 October at 5:52 PM

Yassine (Ellen) Mauta – 13 October at 11:30 PM

Cody Simmons – 14 October at 5:30 PM

Carey Ballard – 14 October at 9:30 PM

Christine Roscharert – 15 October at 3:00 AM

Debbie Potts – 15 October at 5:00 PM

Credit: Dottie L. Guy

Deaf Black Friday

Posted in Gallaudet by Robs on October 18, 2006

A Tribute to Our Heroes of Deaf’s Black Friday

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ASL Video Clip by Dr. Patrick Boudreault


Photos from ‘Black Friday’

Tim Kettering Photography


Gallaudet Black Friday + Roy’s Powerful Art

Posted in art, Gallaudet by Robs on October 18, 2006

Roy Ricci painted about Jane K. Fernandes based on his expressions of his own personal experience of the event that occurred on Friday the 13th.

Credit: blueflashman

Gallaudet in Wikipedia

Posted in Gallaudet by Robs on October 17, 2006

NAD President + Gallaudet Protest

Posted in Gallaudet, NAD by Robs on October 17, 2006

National Association of the Deaf President Dr. Bobbie Beth Scoggins of Kentucky cut her vacation short and flew in to declare NAD’s support of the students’ demands.

Credit: Tamara Suiter

Last Sunday, Dr. Scoggins came to Gallaudet University and spoke at the 6 pm rally.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Credit: Tamara Suiter

Dr. Scoggins gave a very powerful and inspirational speech.