- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 25, 2006

11:06 a.m.

Protesters who occupied Gallaudet University’s College Hall overnight have left the facility.

More than 50 demonstrators occupied the first floor of the main administration building around 3 a.m.

Protest leaders said that they acted in support of hunger strikers who have fasted for several days near the school’s main gate.

Both actions are part of a demonstration that intensified more than two weeks ago with the blockade of most of the school’s gated entrances.

Gallaudet spokeswoman Mercy Coogan said campus security officers are in the process of reopening College Hall so administrators can pursue their duties.

Protesters are calling for the resignation of Jane Fernandes, who is expected to become president in January. They also want the presidential search process reopened.

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