Speaker and Voter Registration Drive Mark Constitution Day

September 18, 2014

Voting rights were given prominent attention Wednesday, September 17, at University Campus in observance of Constitution Day. That is the day in 1787 when thirty-nine founding fathers signed the U.S. Constitution to establish the framework for America’s government.

Student Services and the Department of Social Sciences made copies of the Constitution available for free to University Campus students during lunch hours outside the Student Community Center (Sophomore Guadalupe Arredondo is pictured reading her copy.) Additionally, the Department of Social Sciences, with the help of local community and student volunteers, held the first day of a voter registration kick-off at University Campus. This makes it more convenient for students such as Rechia Jackson (pictured), a junior from Tampa, to register to vote or to ask questions about the process. The voter drive will continue for the next several weeks on Wednesdays at lunch time.

In the evening, Tampa trial attorney Mark Pena delivered the annual guest lecture, and explained to students the influences on the original Constitution and the evolution of constitutional law. “The piece of paper is flexible, it’s powerful, and it changes with the times.”