Constitution Day events held throughout September

Western Carolina University will host a series of Constitution Day events, including a debate on foreign policy issues and a re-enactment of the signing of the Constitution.

Members of the College Republicans and College Democrats will debate foreign policy issues concerning their generation in the A.K. Hinds University Center Theater at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19.

Complete with theater students dressed in costumes of the American Revolution era, a student re-enactment of the signing of the Constitution will take place Thursday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the University Center lawn. All students, faculty and staff will be invited to sign the Constitution to show support for its principles. The university’s broadcast service, Power 90.5, will cover student, faculty and staff comments on the question “Would you peaceably assemble or petition the government for a redress of grievances?”

Western students will discuss the Constitution on the weekly radio show “Citizens Making a Difference,” on WFSC-AM (1050) in Franklin. The program will air on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 10:05 a.m.

WCU undergraduates also are invited to participate in an essay contest, titled “Could You Improve the U.S. Constitution,” which prompts students to write an amendment to the Constitution that makes it a stronger and more effective document for modern day, and justify the change. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three essays, and the deadline for submissions is Friday, Sept. 28.

Western’s Public Policy Institute has distributed nearly 400 pocket-size copies of the Constitution and will have more available at the re-enactment.

For essay guidelines or more information, contact Gordon Mercer, director of Western’s Public Policy Institute, at (828) 227-2086 or