Just My Perspective

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Thursday, October 19, 2006

As a frustrated alumna, I wanted to send this out as an Open Letter but was talked out of it *sighs* Instead, I am posting it here. Keep in mind, I am only sharing my opinion as to why IKJ wouldn't let JKF go.

October 18, 2006

To Dr. Irving King Jordan

I want to express how amazed and baffled I am with your aloofness and stubbornness toward the faculty, staff, students, and alumni (FSSA) of the Gallaudet University throughout the protest that began last May 2006. You repeatedly ignored their two demands which are (1) to reopen the presidential search process, and (2) no reprisals for FSSA. Your constant denials, lies, and repeated insistence that Dr. Jane K. Fernandes is the best choice as the 9th President of Gallaudet University continue to anger not only FSSA, but the deaf and hard of hearing communities across the country and the world, as well. What you are doing to us all is feeding gas to the fire. The FSSA, and the deaf and hard of hearing communities are now even more determined in this matter than they were prior to the wrongful arrests last Friday, October 13, 2006, and your cancellation of the homecoming activities.

Since the protest began, I have been watching you closely. Yes, you. No, not the protestors. You. I have been observing your facial expressions, body language, the way you carry yourself, how you look and act in the media, and how you present yourself through your Open Letters.

Do you know what I see?


Yes, fear. I see that in you.

You know why? Your adamant refusal to acquiesce to the protestors’ requests tells me you are hiding something. I often wonder what it is. You know, there is a rumor running amok about the $2 million dollars clause in Dr. Fernandes’ contract which will allow her to collect should she be ousted or forced to resign. Could this be the reason?

Or does it have something to do with the mysterious disappearance of $4 million dollars in federal appropriations (http://www.xanga.com/elisa_abenchuchan/481356731/item.html and http://www.ridorlive.com/?p=1679) in 2004? I wonder what happened to it.

How about this? Maybe you or Dr. Fernandes may have done some illegal activities whether it involves finances, terminations/layoffs, or something else we don’t know about. Since you and Dr. Fernandes worked closely in the past, the only way to cover up your mess is to, of course, have her selected as the President. She can easily sweep whatever illegal activities you may have done under the rug and pretend they didn’t exist. You probably don’t want an outsider, who will assume your responsibilities after you retire on December 31, 2006, to come across your mess and reveal the ugly truth, and force you to face the consequences.

The possible scenarios above are the only reasons I can come up with to explain why you won’t release your death grip off of Dr. Fernandes’ appointment as the President. If the above is not true, then I ask you…

Why can’t you humanely listen to the cries, pleas, and anguishes of the protestors across the country and the world? Why can’t you simply let go of Dr. Fernandes, ask her to resign for the best of the University, and allow the presidential search process to reopen? Why are you desperately holding onto her appointment? What selfish motives do you have? Do you realize that you have no right to make the protestors suffer for your selfish reasons or whatever intentions you may have?

I am asking…no, make that begging…that you please let go of your white-knuckled-fingers hold for the sake of the protestors and ask Dr. Fernandes to abandon her appointment. Take a deep breath, relax your grip, and let go. It is that easy, isn’t it? For the health of the University, I am asking once again, please…let…go…and kindly ask Dr. Fernandes to resign.

Thank you
Peggy Virnig Mnich
Gallaudet Alumna ‘84