Apparently fed up with the brothers’ antics, Otto the dog left the Fiji barbecue to get some learnin’. He followed two girls (one drunk?) down Locust and straight into Beginner American Sign Language. Though it took a minute for the beginner students to explain to their deaf teacher whose dog it was, she was generally amused. The class, filled equal parts with undergraduates and adults, enjoyed taking pics and playing with Otto before someone in class got a hold of a brother to come pick him up.
Over 130 students recently participated in a video petition (in conjunction with an online petition) demanding the creation of an American Sign Language minor at Penn. The video has SAD and DRAMATIC music playing throughout but the people in it are smiling, so we’re not sure how to feel.
As the DP pressed in an editorial last Friday, the creation of the ASL minor would be crucial in opening up the deaf community to Penn students. Dean DeTurck notes a “lack of standing faculty,” which is a valid roadblock as any, but the proposed minor seems to be a step in the right direction and a practical option for those interested in learning a new language. Sign us up! </end ASL jokes>