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Constitution Day at CSUB
 
September 16, 2005
CONTACT: CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138,
jloveless@csub.edu

California State University, Bakersfield will host its first Constitution Day celebration on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Multi-Purpose Room.

CSUB will observe the day in two ways:

- The film “All the President’s Men,” which tells the story of the The Washington Post’s unraveling of the Watergate scandal, will be shown followed by a panel discussion on the importance of the First Amendment, the Supreme Court, and the media. “It’s very dangerous when you try to impede the media from reporting the truth,” said Judith Pratt, CSUB communications professor. “We’ll discuss why we have a fourth estate (the media) as a watchdog over the other three.”

The panel will consist of CSUB communications professors Pratt and John Emig, and CSUB political science professors Michael Ault and Dominique Apollon. The event is free and popcorn and refreshments will be served.

- CSUB will also offer General Studies 277: Constitution Day for the fall quarter. The course will require students to participate in activities and discussions regarding the Constitution. This will be a one unit WebCT course taught for credit/no credit. Ten hours of work is required to gain credit. Students may attend the showing/discussion of “All the President’s Men” as part of this requirement. Additional online work is needed and should be completed by the end of this month. Students may register online for this course by Thursday (Sept. 22).

For more information on Constitution Day, please contact Pratt at (661) 654-2255. For information regarding General Studies 277, please contact Beth Rienzi at (661) 654-6672.

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