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Thursday, May 4, 2006

GALLAUDET DEMONSTRATION

Students, Faculty Widen Protest of President

About 1,000 people rallied at Gallaudet University yesterday afternoon, with faculty and staff members joining students in a widening protest against the presidential search process, a reaction that started Monday when Jane K. Fernandes was named president.

They urged people to bring tents and sleeping bags to join a candlelight vigil and overnight protest. They handed over a letter with demands to Fernandes and to the current president, I. King Jordan, who said he will forward it to the board of trustees. An online petition had been signed by more than 1,200 alumni by early last night.

Afterward, several students said not everyone shared the complaints. "What you saw today, it's only how part of this university feels," said graduate student Geoff Whitebread. "We feel the process was fair. There's no reason to rescind the board's decision."

At 10 p.m., the hill in front of the Northeast Washington campus was packed with students in tents and on blankets, banners plastered on the gates.

-- Susan Kinzie

TRANSPORTATION FORUM

Douglass Bridge, South Capitol Street Designs

Designs for a new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge will be the focus of a community meeting at 6 p.m. today at Van Ness Elementary School, 1150 Fifth St. SE. City transportation officials will present four possible versions of a new bridge and discuss a planned redesign of South Capitol Street.

More information is on the Web at http://www.southcapitoleis.com , and the four bridge designs can be viewed at http://www.ddot.dc.gov .


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