I agree with Mr. Malzkuhn’s letter shown below. Gallaudet paid a $578,000 salary to I.K. Jordan in 2005. Along with this cash, he also lived rent-free, maintenance-free on campus in the Edward Miner Gallaudet Residence. [House One] It’s time to change the status quo.
by Matt Malzkuhn
I want to propose a new idea that will be a part of the steps that we
are taking to make Gallaudet a completely healthy environment and
without the typical institutionalized characteristics that usually
follows a Deaf place whether its educational or social.
The president of Gallaudet will no longer reside in House 1 (Edward
Miner Gallaudet Residence). With the president of the University living
on site, its like having a live-in warden, a person of power being
present on campus at all times. It is like Deaf schools or state
institutions of old in which the presidents or directors usually live on
the grounds of the institution. To become progressive, we need to
abandon this ideology. The House 1 or EMG residence is rich in history
and can be better used as an University museum or for whatever purposes
we find suitable.
The university president makes enough money, more than enough, to find
residences in DC or the DC Metro area that are within their
affordability range. The president of an University is a job, a job
within our democracy society, not a position that has monarchical or
As we pass the driveway to the EMG residence, there is a sign that
indicates what building it is and right below that is a sign that
states: “Private Property” and “University Authorized Vehicles Only”.
With that, in that instant, there is a 10 by 20 invisible wall that
circles the building and approaching it, we feel this feeling of being
intruding onto a property. This property should be made to be ours, made
into something that belongs to everybody associated with Gallaudet.
A president is not a king but a leader!