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Pepperdine to Celebrate Constitution Day
On September 17, 1787, the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention held their final meeting. Only one item of business occupied the agenda that day: to sign the Constitution of the United States of America. In celebration of that historic signing, Constitution Day is remembered every year with special programs and events at schools and libraries throughout the nation. The law establishing Constitution Day as a federal holiday was created in 2004.
Pepperdine University has organized several Constitution Day-related events for 2006. The first took place on Sept. 11, at the School of Law and the final event will be presented by the School of Public Policy on Monday, September 18.
The School of Law presented a special guest program, who addressed faculty and students on Sept. 11 at the Odell McConnell Law Center.
On Monday, September 18, the School of Public Policy will present a program called "Why Celebrate Constitution Day?" in the Drescher Auditorium from 1 to 2 p.m. School of Public Policy Professor Gordon Lloyd will present an interactive session to explore and discover the Constitutional Convention of 1787 in a lecture featuring a tour of his Web site. The Web site is the most visited sites searching for "Constitutional Convention" on Google.
Also around Pepperdine, students will mark the important day by distributing of copies of the Constitution, bookmarks featuring the Bill of Rights, and other handouts.
On September 12, students won prizes answering Constitution-related trivia questions at a station in the cafeteria.
On September 13, featured elections for positions in the Student Government Association (SGA).
On September 14, the recent motion picture, United 93, the gripping account of the airline passengers who fought back against the terrorists on September 11, 2001, and prevented a fourth plane from hitting its intended target on that fateful day was shown.
On September 15 students participated in a "draft a new Constitution exercise." An oversized Constitution will be prominently displayed outside the Tyler Campus Center (TCC); students are invited to submit Amendments to SGA or Student Programming Board (SPB) representatives for addition to the "new" Constitution.
Also, Payson Library will host an exhibit on the Constitution, and distribute pocket-sized copies of the Constitution at the Payson, Drescher, and Law School Libraries through Sept. 18.