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September 19, 2017

 

Media Club conducts Constitution Day event

 

Media Club conducts Constitution Day eventSunday, September 17 was Constitution Day, also known as Citizenship Day, a day to commemorate the signing of the Constitution in 1787.

 

This year marks the 230th anniversary of the signing. Within four years, our founding fathers realized they had missed something and rectified it by adopting the First Amendment in 1791. The First Amendment covers five rights or liberties: freedoms of religion, speech (to include expression), press, petition and assembly. The Cowley College Media Club recognized Constitution Day by holding a Free Food Festival on Monday, September 18 wherein students were offered free pizza and drinks in exchange for his and her five rights. Act One Drama Club assisted the Media Club with the event.


Students were asked to read this statement, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances


Once attendees read the statement, they then signed a commitment to abide by the rules of the ‘country’ they were entering. This is where the fun began as the Media Club students served pizza and drinks while simultaneously stripping the visitors of the five rights covered in the First Amendment.


After about 30 minutes, the visitors were let off the hook. Media Club sponsor Meg Smith explained this was an exercise in understanding just a few of the rights granted to us by a truly unique document called the Constitution.


“It’s not a perfect exercise and it is not a perfect document and this is not a perfect country, but maybe if we take a look at the freedoms we enjoy today, we can hold fast to those, extend those rights to others and increase the freedoms for citizens,” Smith said.  


Smith said sometimes things have to get awkward so that we can get motivated to create change. 


“We are at a time in our country where things are uneasy and people are disillusioned, disconnected and divided, our forefathers designed this document to guide us through these trying times, these guidelines were intended to remind us where we came from and why we do not want to go back to a time when people could be persecuted based on religion, reined in by their own words, quieted by the lack of a free press, disallowed to form demonstrations and ignored by the very government elected to represent them,” Smith said.