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Constitution Day Comes to UAM

Todd Kelley
Managing Editor

Photo by Janelle Martin
SGA President - Landon Grimes read from the Constitution during Constitution Day. In addition to educating the campus about the constitution, SGA also held a voter registration drive.

   Constitution Day, celebrated Monday, Sept. 17, came to the University of Arkansas at Monticello through an all day series of events.

    The events held on the campus follow:    

  • Voter Registration Drive in the John F. Gibson University Center Green Room - proof of registration or registering earned a chance at a $50 Wal-Mart Gift Card
  • Debate Round in the Green Room - the topic of which, "(should) the U.S. Constitution be overhauled?"
  • Reading of the U.S. Constitution in the Green Room by SGA President Landon Grimes
  • Showing of “National Treasure” starring Nicholas Cage in the Green Room for Movie Night

   One of the workers helping to set up the Green Room, Colt Roan, a political science and history double major from Crossett, said Constitution Day was important to him.

    “(Constitution Day) gives a respect for our government and Constitution’s stability in a world where countries change, seemingly, every day.” Roan said.

    Of the events held, 47 students registered to vote in the Green Room. In the debate the debaters decided that America is the greatest place in the world to live and the U.S. Constitution is wonderful, all of this to a “fair showing” of students in attendance.

    Of the other events taking place, minimal student participation ruled the day. Despite apathy, Lindsey Kight said the effort given by volunteers was tremendous.

    In May of 2005 Congress enacted a law requiring all institutions receiving federal funds to hold an educational program on the U.S. Constitution. The events in the Green Room were in compliance with Congress’ law.

 
 

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