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Deaf Studies Minor Available University of Minnesota Duluth Students

Thanks to the dedication and persistence of the UMD student group Access for All, a deaf studies minor has been approved by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents last spring.

Access for All wanted to increase the amount of American Sign Language classes available to students on campus so they decided to hold an open meeting to voice their concerns. Among those invited were school officials, citizens, students, and lawmakers.

According to the news report by the Duluth News Tribune, members of Access for All said that the long waiting lists for ASL classes were keeping students from signing up.

In the Pioneer Press’ coverage of the story, Paul Deputy, the dean of the College of Education and Human Service Professions was quoted as saying, “The chancellor heard the message and said, 'We're going to fund this.? He also added, "I hold these students up as a model for how the political system can work with dialogue."

The popularity of this minor has already made its impression as the number of students enrolled in ASL classes has increased by 85 students from 2007 to 2008.

Both newspapers devoted an equal amount of the same information to their respective articles, however, the first thing I noticed about the Duluth News Tribune was their lead for the story, For those who think college students sometimes lack initiative, ponder this: “A new deaf studies minor is offered at UMD this fall, and a student group was the driving force behind it.?

I found it to be slightly subjective, but their partiality might be due to the fact that the newspaper is from Duluth.