Deaf student: School symbol is ASL for female anatomy
Utah State University student takes matter into his own hands
Click On – Detroit
Oct 28 2015
School spirit is thick at Utah State University in Logan. Basketball fans love to cheer and have adapted a hand symbol that combines an “A” for Aggies with pinkies extended to represent horns.
Matt Cerar, a graduate student at USU’s deaf education program, was astounded when he saw the symbol last year during his first basketball game, TV station KSL reported.
Cerar uses American Sign Language, and the Aggies with horns symbol sported by his fellow students is ASL for female anatomy.
As a person who uses ASL, I thought that it wasn’t appropriate, and I thought that we needed to change that,” Cerar told KSL.
So he took matters into his own hands.
Via social media, he proposed a new hand gesture of fists together with pinkies extended.
“If you read though the comments, you can see there’s overwhelming support from people who want the new sign,” Cerar said. “I feel like we can make a big change and start now.”