The impasse at Gallaudet University over Dr. Jane Fernandes and the protestors is into its second week (if you don't count what happened last spring, too). It's time for serious suggestions on how to resolve this.
The protestors--a couple of hundred students strong plus some alumni and faculty--can't stand Jane Fernandes. They say she's cold, snobbish, evil, mean, power hungry. They say she ruined a lot of people's lives at the Clerc Center but also at Gallaudet. They say she doesn't listen to people, especially students. They say she laughs at them when they try to talk with her. They say she doesn't smile or say hello in the elevator. They say you need a course in Kremlinology to learn how to work with her. They say she's not black. They say she's not culturally deaf. On and on. It's all pretty much like this. THEY. DO. NOT. LIKE. HER. And they sure don't want her as Gallaudet's 9th president--which she is, almost.
Jane Fernandes's supporters, who include Dr. I. King Jordan (the current president), the Gallaudet Board of Trustees, and many of the nonprotesting students, faculty, and staff, say she's the best qualified candidate. They cite real educational gains achieved under her watch, especially at the Clerc Center, where she installed a number of programs. They say she's the best equipped to deal with the new technology that will be the future of deaf children in this country: cochlear implants and stem cells. They resent the fact that the protestors so far have pretty much destroyed two weeks of the academic calendar.
Both sides refuse to back down. Jane Fernandes refuses to resign, and the Board of Trustees refuses to fire her. The student protestors refuse to leave the gates until she quits.
How about some suggestions for a resolution?