CSU–Pueblo Political Science Club leads Constitution Day events

Constitution trivia and exercising the right to free speech will be a part of activities to commemorate Constitution Day at Colorado State University –Pueblo on Thursday, Sept. 17. 

Members of the Political Science club will hang a 3 by 7 foot replica of the Constitution on the South Patio of the Occhiato University Center from 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Students will have the opportunity to write on the banner those changes they would make to the Constitution if they could.

Dr. David Malet, assistant professor of political science and political science club advisor, said there’s no better way to honor the Constitution than to exercise one of the liberties included within -- the right of free speech.

“As a living document, the Constitution represents its citizens. It is the will of the people to make sure that this document serves the people’s needs and changes with the times,” Malet said.

Refreshments and prizes also will be available to students who test their knowledge of Constitution trivia. Club members also will distribute free copies of the Constitution to interested individuals. 

Educational institutions in the United States that receive federal funding must observe Constitution Day, September 17 (or the week before or the week after when the 17th falls on a weekend). Many campuses have transformed this little-known federal mandate into an opportunity to reflect on our government, our liberties, and our obligations as citizens in this democracy.

CSU-Pueblo is one of hundreds of colleges and universities involved in The American Democracy Program (ADP) led by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the New York Times. ADP encourages activities on nearly 200 campuses that increase civic engagement (from volunteerism to voting) among young people, particularly college students.

This year will be the 222th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.

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