Constitutional Shark Tank coming to WCU’s University Center Sept. 13

shark-tank-for-webEver thought you had an idea that would make a good amendment to the U.S. Constitution? Or how about a tweak to make a current amendment better?

On Tuesday, Sept. 13, Western Carolina University students will have an opportunity to see how good those ideas are. As an early start to celebrating Constitution Day, which is Saturday, Sept. 17, the Public Policy Institute and the Center for Service Learning are sponsoring a Constitutional Shark Tank, based on the popular television show, Shark Tank. The event, which is open to all students, will be at 5 p.m. in the University Center theater.

Participants will have five minutes to pitch their Constitutional amendment ideas before a panel of judges. Political science and public affairs associate professor Todd Collins said the ideas could be “on any issue, anything that they think is important, or something that we need to change.”

The judges may ask questions and Collins said there also will be an opportunity for audience members to ask questions. The top three ideas will be awarded $50 gift cards.

Students can enter as teams or as individuals. Although students may enter on the day of the event, Collins said it would be best to do so in advance by emailing him at to guarantee there is space.

On Friday, Sept. 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. representatives from the Public Policy Institute and the Center for Service Learning will hand out pocket Constitutions and conduct a voter registration drive on the UC lawn.

“This is all to celebrate the signing and ratification of the Constitution and to note its importance in our nation’s history,” Collins said.