Remember the time all your friends were cramming for final week in college – pulling all-nighters, memorizing names, dates, definitions, events, facts and you just laughed because your Poli-Sci professor had told you to blow off final week?

No?

The lucky students who registered for Angeles Maldonado’s Global Politics of Human Rights course at Arizona State University didn’t have to go through the hell of final week – she gave them a choice: final exam or group project.

Their grade would be dependent on… protesting President Donald Trump.

So… as other students were holed up at the university library, Maldonado’s class was blocking the sidewalk in front of it, enjoying the fresh air of a warm Tempe, Arizona day while holding signs.

The signs read, “Wall Against Hate,” referencing the president’s plans to build a physical barrier at the southern border between the U.S. and Mexico.

“This is better than a final!” said one of Maldonado’s students, Alex Corella.

One student told the school newspaper that the project was intended to express, “some of the things we don’t like… immigration, immigration ban, women’s rights, things like that.”

Somehow LGBT rights, Black Lives Matter and the prison system were all added into the “things we don’t like” criteria for the outdoor final.

The professor, whose research focuses on the immigrant rights movement and community organizing, disingenuously claimed she was merely fulfilling her “duty as a professor” to support the class’s decision.

“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.”

But Maldonado may have been trying to shift the responsibility for the protest to the students whose “human wall” blocked the sidewalk and entrance to the library on the campus making it difficult for other students, faculty and staff to pass by.

After complaints, the class protesters dropped the signs, linked arms and continued to block the pathway, which led to campus police warning the professor that her students needed to allow others to pass.

Then again, the fact that the police were called probably means that every student received an “A” in the class.

No word about how tuition-paying parents reacted to the rigorous coursework they no doubt expected their child to be receiving at Arizona State University.

 

 

 
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