March 14, 1988 |
Gallaudet University's board of trustees Sunday chose I. King Jordan to be the first deaf president in the 124-year history of the school for the hearing impaired, and announced that board Chairwoman Jane Bassett Spilman has resigned. Jordan, dean of the school's college of arts and sciences, was chosen to replace Elisabeth Ann Zinser, a hearing woman, who resigned early Friday after protests from students seeking a deaf leader had virtually paralyzed Gallaudet's campus.
May 4, 1988 |
Weeks after the protests have died down, a dormitory window still proudly bears a message scrawled in large painted letters: "Dear God, I want a deaf prez!" Although the biggest crowds on the Gallaudet University campus this day surround a fraternity mud-wrestling contest, the prayer on the window remains as a sign of the ongoing exhilaration befitting an event that has altered the course of deaf life across the country.
April 22, 2001 |
As Phyllis Frelich grew up in the small town of Devils Lake, N.D., going to Gallaudet College in Washington was one of life's greatest aspirations-just as it was for many other young, deaf Americans. "The dream was to get out of wherever you were and to meet and mingle with the cream of the deaf world, all together in one place," Frelich recalled-and that place was Gallaudet, the most important school for deaf students in America, known as "the castle on the hill."
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.
March 15, 1988
After a week of turmoil, Gallaudet University's campus in Washington opened with the first deaf president in its 124-year history proclaiming jubilantly, "deaf people can do anything . . . except hear." I. King Jordan was greeted with a standing ovation by students at a campus news conference introducing him and new board of trustees chairman, Philip Bravin. Jordan, 44, lost his hearing at age 20 in a motorcycle accident. He speaks clearly, but also uses sign language when he talks.
March 11, 1988 |
Gallaudet University students said Thursday that Elisabeth Ann Zinser, the new president of the school for the deaf, is unwelcome on the campus, and they vowed to keep her out. Students have been protesting the selection of Zinser, who is not deaf and does not know sign language, and their demonstrations have halted virtually all instruction for four days. They have promised to continue their protests until she resigns.