WEB EXTRA: Gallaudet Presidential nominee ousted

In a special session Sunday, Gallaudet University’s governing board voted to “terminate” embattled incoming President Jane Fernandes, the Washington Post reported.

Fernandes, who was appointed in May to replace current President I. King Jordon, has faced opposition from alumni, faculty and students because she has been able to speak since childbirth and did not learn American Sign Language until she was 26.

Gallaudet has been at a virtual standstill since protesters took over a school building Oct. 6. After 134 protesters were arrested the evening of Oct. 13, classes resumed, but many students and faculty blockaded rear entrances instead of attending.

SA President Lamar Thorpe spearheaded a student organization effort to raise funds for the protesting students last week. They had purchased food, charcoal, water and blankets for the Gallaudet students.

Fernandes refused to concur with a heavily divided faculty resolution Oct. 9 calling for her resignation and a new presidential search.

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