Here it is – the official ‘Merry Christmas, Happy New Years, and Up-Yours’ from the Board of Trustees to ALL the protesters, alumni, staff, faculty, parents, and protest supporters. The Board is callously ignoring THEIR own role in causing this protest in the first place, and fixing the blame entirely on the protesters. If accountability is to be ensured, then the Board MUST be held accountable as well.
As I stated in a post on December 9th, “When all is said and done, and all the steam, anger and hostilities boils out of the kettle that has burned steadily since May, one simple fact will remain stuck at the bottom of that kettle: the whole mess of this past 7 months COULD have been avoided if the search process had not been flawed from the start! The Board of Trustees and the original Presidential Search Committee OWN ultimate responsibility for what resulted from that flawed process and they should step up and have the grace to absolve the students, staff and others who have been punished because they recognized something seriously wrong had happened and stood up and demanded a renewed search process.”
Unfortunately, the Board caved-in to I.K. Jordan, Carl Pramuk, and Hillil Goldberg and their own stubborn pride.
So, what can be done now? Again, like the protest that was born of the Board’s original failed search process, the answer lies within the hearts, minds, strength, bravery and intelligence of ALL of Gallaudet’s students – In order to effect the desired and meaningful change from the top-down, Gallaudet’s primary customers, it’s STUDENTS, must react from the bottom-up.
You saw for yourselves what solidarity action from the bottom-up could accomplish. Fernandes is gone, and Dr. Davila, a much more qualified and effective administrator has replaced her. But the job is not complete. The Board has officially announced that severe, harsh retaliatory reprisals shall be enforced against the protesters.
As long as the two demands of the protest are not met, the protest is NOT over.
Now is the time for all brave students to vote with their dollars and REFUSE to return to Gallaudet in January. Your brothers and sisters are being punished by I.K. Jordan, Pramuk and Goldberg and most importantly, the Board of Trustees. Show solidarity with your brothers and sisters and force the necessary change from the top-down by causing Gallaudet’s funds to drop dramatically. The Board is deaf to Amnesty for protesters because by granting Amnesty, they themselves would have to accept accountability. Their stubborn pride is making them deaf. However, Gallaudet losing MILLIONS of dollars from the lack of students WILL be heard around the world, and your refusal to come to Gallaudet in January will force the Board to eventually accept accountability.
Until the Board of Trustees is held ACCOUNTABLE, there can be no true “Unity for Gallaudet.” Do you have the strength, the bravery, and the intelligence to hold the Board accountable for their ultimate ownership of the failed search process? If you do, then the answer is to NOT return to Gallaudet in January. Now is the time to show the Board and the World that you will be heard, and that you stand arm-in-arm in solidarity with your brothers and sisters. / -Ken @ Bibliomarket
Statement by the Gallaudet Board of Trustees
December 14, 2006
“At its November 11, 2006 meeting, the Gallaudet University Board of Trustees placed a freeze on any further steps to enforce the University’s Student Code of Conduct for actions during the protest. The decision to freeze was made to give the administration time to bring back more information to the Board to ensure a more informed decision. At its December 9, 2006 meeting, the Board received a report from President I. King Jordan and Mr. Carl Pramuk, Dean of Student Affairs, on actions that were taken and in process prior to the freeze. The Board concluded that the judicial process has been conducted according to University policies, that these matters are appropriately under the jurisdiction of the student judicial system, and that the judicial process should move forward.”
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