A letter to Washington Post Editor from Jack Cassell
To Washington Post Editor,
Although I live in Madison, Wisconsin, I was able to read a lot of stories
with great interests and concerns about Gallaudet's protest against Jane
Fernandes as the ninth president of Gallaudet University. With an open
mind, I gathered fair and balance information for the last couple of
months. I now reached my conclusion from what I have read, seen and spoke
with various sources that Jane is CLEARLY NOT the President that she
appears to be.
I would want to respond to your editorials appearing in the Washington
Post related to the protest at Gallaudet - specifically Standoff at
Gallaudet (October 10) and Giving Gallaudet a Bad Name (October 13).
Your editorials beg more questions about your journalisms best practice
particularly the accuracy of your perception of what is really going on in
There are always two sides to the story. What they said and how they acted
are two completely different things. In order to get more information
from the other side, I would suggest you to read several great articles
under [http://www.gufssa.org/]www.gufssa.org which will give you better
insights to the root of Gallaudet's leadership crisis. I also suggest to
meet with them in person.
I am surprised that you fell into same trap like everyone else leads to
believe that Jane was not deaf enough to be president. The truth is there
is much more to Jane's "not deaf enough" to lead Gallaudet University.
That is a classic example of how Gallaudet faculty, staff, students and
alumnus have been dealing with Jane's manipulations and intimidations for
years while she was working at Gallaudet University.
Let me put you in perspective of what is really going on in Gallaudet
campus. If Jane Fernandes does not have hearing loss and was selected to
be president of hearing university, you will see the exactly same result
protest will occur without any doubt.
Again, I challenge you to dig deeper and wider carefully to learn more
about the source of Gallaudet's peaceful protest and leadership crisis.
Unfortunately, not being deaf enough is Jane's infamous tactic to take
an advantage of your ignorance. No offended intended. She had her chance
and ample opportunity to lead Gallaudet University since she was selected
as the ninth President last May and she blew it away big time. All I am
asking of you is to explore further to get fair and balance report about
Gallaudet's serious leadership crisis. Thanks!
Jack R. Cassell, '75, Madison, Wisconsin
Bobbie Beth Scoggins, NAD President
Andy Lange, GUAA President
Gallaudet University FSSA
Jane K. Fernandes (President Designate)
Dr. I. King Jordan, President
Michael Moore (Interim Provost)
Dr. Brenda Jo Brueggemann, Acting Chair
Dr. Cynthia Ashby, Trustee
Susan J. Elliott, Trustee
Dr. Tom Humphries, Trustee
Frank H. Wu, Trustee
Benjamin K. Soukup, Jr., Trustee
Dr. Harvey Goodstein, Trustee
Cheryl Heppner, Trustee
Pamela Holmes, Trustee
Nancy Kelly-Jones, Trustee
Richard Kinney, Trustee
Pamela Lloyd-Ogoke, Trustee