Wednesday, October 11, 2006


Building Stays Closed as Counter-Protest Grows

The standoff at Gallaudet University continued yesterday, with student protesters occupying a large classroom building on campus for a fifth day and refusing to leave. A counter-protest grew in size, with some students, faculty and staff urging the protesters to reopen Hall Memorial Building so that classes could resume there.

In May, two weeks of protests at the school for the deaf followed the selection of Jane K. Fernandes to be the next president, beginning in January. Demonstrations started again last week, and on Friday, students locked down the classroom building, continuing to insist that a new presidential search be opened and that protesters be assured they won't be punished.

Prof. Barry Bergen, who taught a lecture yesterday with a chalkboard and old notes in another building rather than with the technology available in Hall Memorial Building, said, "When they took over the main academic building and prevented other students from having access to that education, it went beyond the kind of protest I can support."

-- Susan Kinzie


Man Fights and Kills Attacker in SE, Police Say

A man who was being assaulted Saturday night fought back and killed his attacker, D.C. police said. Authorities have not identified the man, saying they consider him a witness. Police said he was approached about 9:30 p.m. in the 4400 block of Alabama Avenue SE by Wade Wallace, 23, who allegedly was carrying a gun.

A struggle ensued, and the gun went off. Wallace, of the 2200 block of Adams Place NE, was struck and killed, police said. No charges have been filed.

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