Black Hills State University students, Leonard “Jake” Jacobs, freshman physical science major from Green River, Wyo., and Tiffanie Gebhart, junior business administration major from Lemmon, communicate via sign language during a silent dinner hosted by the Fantastic Phalanges. This was one of several events during Diversity Week 2007, developed to increase tolerance of people’s differences. The silent dinner was an educational activity that engaged learning through new and different communication forms when verbal communication was taken away. Noise was not prohibited. Laughter, banging on tables, or stomping feet were the only sounds heard during the event. Deaf individuals from the community also attended, which allowed for an enhanced glimpse into the deaf culture, according to Donna Trainum, BHSU VISTA volunteer. “The Fantastic Phalanges did an excellent job putting this event together and keeping a festive atmosphere throughout the entire dinner,” commented Tranium.
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Friday, March 24, 2017