Protests and controversy marked the year of Trump

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.