Last week, the Queens and Staten Island campuses observed Constitution
Day, which commemorates both the adoption of the
United States Constitution and all those who have become citizens
of the United States.
On the Queens campus, the Office of
the Provost set up a table in the D’Angelo
Center on September 19. During common hour, over 250
students visited the table, picking up leaflets about the
Constitution and filling out New York State voter registration
forms. Many students took part in an online challenge which tested
their knowledge of the Constitution.
Associate Provost for Technology and Communications Sister
Ellen Smith observed that students who visited the table
throughout the day were upbeat, curious and grateful for the
opportunity to learn more about the Constitution. Sister Ellen
coordinated the Queens event with Assistant Vice President of
Government Relations Brian Browne.
She added that, in preparation for the day, students and faculty
responded to a question about what they felt were the most crucial
elements of the Constitution. In overwhelming numbers, respondents
answered that the most important elements found in the Constitution
were freedom of religion and freedom of speech. Throughout the day,
responses were posted on E-boards found in common areas throughout
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