There was only about 80 students, but as they marched up the steps outside the University Memorial Center and embarked on a trek toward the Administrative Building they appeared like an enormous mob.
The students were part of a demonstration called “Take Back Our Campus” at CU-Boulder, which started at 11:30 a.m. inside the UMC before heading outside on the sunny Thursday. The students protested the lack of administrative action toward helping students from underrepresented groups on campus feel safe from prejudices and welcomed on campus. Tuition hikes were also protested.
Several chants broke out throughout the passionate procession. It ended at the steps of Chancellor Philip DiStefano’s office in the Administrative Building. He was not present; spokesman Bronson Hilliard said he was in Denver.
The students gave administrators an ultimatum, asking for a response by administrators, most likely from DiStefano, by 5 p.m. on Friday.