WCU celebrates Constitution Day

Constitution Day booth in the UC by Jamie North

Western Carolina University went political for Constitution Day on Monday, Sept. 17.

Constitution Day, as taken from the official Constitution Day website, is:

Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who, are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens.

Sam Riddle, a graduate assistant for the Public Policy Institute, was involved with the team helping the events going on campus.

“Giving people constitutions and raising awareness,” said Riddle when asked what their goal was from the booth set up in the UC.

Students who stopped by the booth were able to take a short citizenship test and see how well they knew their countries history. If they scored high enough they where eligible for some prizes.

“It was a mix of easy and hard questions,” said Zulekya Hamilton, a student who took the quiz.

“All the questions are off the Naturalization Exam,” said Laura Dintsch who was also working the booth. “We took 20 of the 96 questions and made them multiple choice.”

The test was also taken to some classes and it allowed the students in class to see how much they knew.

“It’s to see who can pass,” said Riddle.

The day ended with a panel discussion regarding free speech protections in the Blue Ridge Multipurpose room.