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For most students at the Claremont Colleges, the 2016 election was the first time they voted for president. Beyond the ballot, however, students always had a voice — and, besides on November 8, this voice was their only civic tool. So they talked. And wrote. And demonstrated, marched, and protested, from quiet campus streets to Los Angeles thoroughfares. On assignment for The Student Life, I documented the aftershocks.
If the night of Nov. 8 was marked by anger and disbelief, Nov. 9 was unsettling and confusing. As the reality of a Trump presidency began to set in, administrators like David Oxtoby, the president of Pomona College, delivered speeches and talked of sanctuary.
A student benefitting from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals works in his room at Pomona College. He says the potential elimination of the executive order, which Obama signed in 2012, is "an issue that's always in my mind."