Constitution Day 2013

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Today marks the 226th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution.

Stock Photo of the Consitution of the United States and Feather Quill

Tri-County Community College’s Student Government Association hosted this year’s Constitution Day, and it was the biggest and most exciting one to date.

After a light lunch and a brief history of the origin and the signing of the Constitution, students were given the opportunity to experience parliamentarian procedure in action. Working alongside faculty and staff, students took part in an engaging activity that allowed them to create and pass their own bill.

Each of the 13 tables of students were asked to elect one representative to send to Congress. While there, the representatives were presented with an issue and asked to work with their table to come up with a solution. After some collaborating with their constituents, each of the 13 representatives proposed their plan to congress.

The students quickly found that passing their bill was not an easy matter. Bills were added to, subtracted from, combined, voted on, and for the most part, failed. Several of the students found that their representatives did not always represent their constituents.  Some representatives were bribed (with candy) by outside sources.

For more information about the Student Government Association, contact Samantha Major.