Protest Trump instead of taking final: Arizona college professor makes odd deal with students

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
By Paul Martin
18 Apr, 2017

Anti-Trump rallies aren’t uncommon on college campuses, but a recent demonstration at Arizona State University wasn’t just about protesting the president’s decisions. Instead, a professor allowed her students to hold the rally as a way to dodge an exam.

Although final exams are generally considered part of college culture, students enrolled in Professor Angeles Maldonado’s Global Politics of Human Rights at ASU’s Tempe campus were able to avoid the pesky formality.

Instead of taking the test, the students were given the option to create a class project, The Arizona Republic reported on Friday.

The group of about 20 students opted for the less difficult option, choosing to organize a protest in front of Hayden Lawn by ASU’s library. The demonstration centered on US President Donald Trump’s policies, including deportations and a call for a wall on the US-Mexico border.

“The class decided that as a group project they wanted to make their voices heard about the issues that are affecting them today, so instead of just reading about the human-rights violations, they’d speak out about the current violations that are happening,” Maldonado told the Republic, adding that she felt it was her duty to support their decision.

So the students ditched their traditional classroom, making signs and standing shoulder-to-shoulder in a human wall on the university campus.

Video footage from the event shows students holding letters which spell out “Wall against hate,” while shouting “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA!”

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