CWRU YAL asks students to think (and actually gets an answer)


Our goal for Constitution Week at Case Western Reserve Universty was to get people to pay attention to an issue. It began on Friday. I went to go buy wood, but the only person who was available to transport me to a hardware store had a sedan.


Challenge accepted.

Then, early on Saturday morning, we got started building the wall. I wasn’t able to procure a drill in time, so we got the hammer and channeled our inner Thor in my living room. After that, we constructed the wall. Our university had asked to check the structure for stability, so we constructed everything then and there and got to decorating.




We kicked off our week with a BBQ, co-sponsored by the College Republicans. Then, in the dark of Monday night, we made our first Constitution Week strike. Our members covered the walkway to the main quad with the Bill of Rights, and then spread out to hit major foot-traffic regions with the statement “Google Syria,” as well a few other provocative phrases.


Tuesday morning we handed out over 500 pocket Constitutions on Tuesday, including one to a police officer who shook it and commented “it’s the little things like this you forget.”

Tuesday night we hosted a speaker from the law school to speak about the constitutionality of the health care law.

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On Wednesday morning we revealed the star of our show, our free speech wall, to the community, with the question “HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT A WAR WITH SYRIA” spread across the top. We built it in front of the library at 8:30 in the morning. The first time that I was able to return, at 5, it was already full.




 We got a delightful diversity of responses to our wall, including numerous responses from people from Syria. I even got the opportunity to speak with one of them. 

Overall, I would say that our Constitution Week was a success. I was contacted to give an opinion about the situation in Syria by our school paper, who ran a feature on the conflict the next week. We handed out every one of our constitutions, and we got Case students to poke their heads out of the Case bubble and into the real world to form an opinion about the situation with Syria.

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