BY CHRIS MCDERMOTT • MAY 5, 2017 • 6:00 A.M.
On Nov. 9, over 500 demonstrators marched through the University of Connecticut’s Storrs campus and gathered outside the Wilbur Cross building to protest Donald Trump’s victory. It was the local climax of a divisive election season and foreshadowed a year of political demonstrations to come.
“This is my declaration… I hope this is our declaration to the country and the university that Trump is not my president. Can you repeat that after me?” undocumented student activist and junior secondary-math-education major Eric Cruz López called out to the crowd, to a strong response. Cruz López said he had stayed up late the night before: scared, angered and spurred to plan what he called the “Rally for the People” on short notice.
Eight semesters ago, the majority of UConn’s Class of 2017 drove into Storrs and had no idea what the next four years would bring.
After four long years, the hard work has paid off for those able to don a cap and gown and walk across the stage at graduation. It is finally time to relax.Unfortunately for many, this is not the case.
There isn’t a whole lot going for the UConn men’s basketball team anymore. The graduating seniors—Amida Brimah, Kentan Facey and Rodney Purvis—are the last remnants of the revered 2013-14 NCAA championship team.