11 October 2006

The FSSA Protest: Dis-Unity and Mayhem for All

The Deaf Community is wise. The Deaf Community is Strong ... and the Deaf Community needs the whole truth.

It isn't enough that the FSSA protest has pit student against student, staff against staff and faculty against faculty. Now faculty protesters are trying to create more enmity on campus by saying protesters cannot get interpreters. They want special treatment. They spread lies. Read on.

Members of the Faculty:

It has come to my attention that there was misinformation shared at the Faculty Forum yesterday about the way that GIS provides interpreters for the campus community. To clarify, GIS will provide interpreting services to any unit on this campus, including the FSSA, if they use their department account code or provide us with a credit card. GIS will process requests for service at the internal campus rate.

Requests can be made by telephone, email or fax. I personally informed a faculty member of the FSSA that we would provide interpreters to them as we do any other unit on this campus. In fact, onFriday, October 6th, the FSSA received several calls from GIS saying that we had interpreters available as we wanted to make sure they understood that, as a neutral entity, GIS would provide them with service.

At this time, GIS has received no requests for service from the FSSA. Interpreting serviceshave not been denied – the requests simply have not been made. GIS will not compromise its neutral stance by providing free service to the FSSA or the administration of this university. By following standard procedure, we can provide impartial service to all requestors.


At 10:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since when does Gallaudet not have Terps available

At 12:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think they want the university to pay for the interpreters for their cause. They refused to pay them and from what I understand, they want interpreters to be paid.

At 6:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, they want Gallaudet to pay for their attacks against Gallaudet and Gallaudet simply says "pay as everyone else does". They have been seeking donations. What are they using that money for? Lobster bisque or band aids for those 'injured' when the campus police had to go in to check a bomb threat?

At 11:25 AM, Anonymous Dave R said...

I highly doubt the protestors, FSSA, or Alumni have the money to afford GIS terps. Most of the money they've collected have gone to food and supplies related to keeping the protest going.

At 6:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a alumni of 1972 and am proud of my relationship with the college. I am sick of the display i see unfolding on campus over the mass media. The students are acting like spoled children and deserve to be treated like children .
Gallaudet is a public funded college and has to go to congress to ask for money to continue operation. When the college moves into the community and aprocahed corporatsions and individuals for contribution what do you think their response might be due to unlawful behaviour such as that which has been going on on campus.
My advice to students is back off and to adminstration send the leaders of the protest home .I am as deaf as you may want to be and i dont support this shut up and get back into class and the process of learning.
Gary Roberts

At 1:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it hard to believe that the faculty and alumni can't muster some funds to pay interpreters. Even if they can't, it is rediculous to expect the univ to supply free interpreting services. Perhaps some of those who support the protest including parents, faculty, alums, etc should step up and provide terp service.


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