In honor of the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution’s ratification yesterday, the Center for Academic Innovation at Saint Mary’s College hosted “Constitution Day 2012: Reflections on the Letter and the Spirit of the U.S. Constitution.” Associate professor of communication studies Michael Kramer coordinated the day, including a panel in the Haggar College Center that featured veteran reporter and communication studies professor Susan Baxter, history professor Edith Miguda and political science professor Sean Savage. Baxter reflected on the importance of the Constitution in terms of her experiences as a reporter. Baxter said it was the right of the public to be present at city council meetings unless certain requirements and processes are followed to close the session. Baxter said at one meeting she refused to leave, and the mayor told her the next time she refused she would be arrested. “I told [the mayor] to prepare the sheriff because I’m not leaving,” Baxter said. “I thought ‘Wow, I’m going to jail for the Constitution.’” Baxter said the right to be present at public meetings is important to the freedom of speech. “Many times these public meetings are not important, but when they are, people need to know,” said Baxter. Miguda also emphasized the importance of protecting the Constitution. “The spirit of the Constitution is the spirit that lets us defend it,” Miguda stated. “The U.S. Constitution is exemplary in how we [Americans] defend it.” Savage spoke about how Americans have different ways of interpreting the document. “No matter how Americans differ [the constitution] is supposed to be the one thing that we have in common,” Savagedsaid. “It unites the U.S. in a basic document but it sustains an ongoing debate.” Savage said the Constitution is strong and that unlike the United States, other countries will often go through and review the wording of their respective constitutions. “We, [the United States], don’t do that,” Savage said. “We only added about 17 amendments since [the Bill of Rights]. …Maybe [the Constitution] unites us because we are always disagreeing about what it means.” Contact Sarah Swiderski at [email protected]
Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Perry Curtis Okudzeto and of Inner City and Zongo Development Minister, Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, say they are impressed with work done so far on the Madina mini-stadium.The first phase of the facility which is being constructed by the Inner-City & Zongo Development Ministry with technical assistance from the Sports Ministry project has been completed with full work expected to be done by mid-October this year. The first phase of the facility has an AstroTurf pitch capable of hosting 11-aside football games and a stand. Mr Okudzeto and Dr Abdul-Hamid on Wednesday inspected the facility to familiarize themselves with the work done.Addressing the media after inspection, Mr Okudzeto said, “This facility here is a standard community park and should be seen as such and which qualifies to host any kind of tournament.” “I support the vision of both the Inner City and Zongo Development Ministry initiators of the project and the Sports Ministry in making sure that the facilities both outfits are putting in place the country at the end of the day would improve the skills of the budding young talents we have.”L-R: CEO of Wembley Sports Construction Robert Tetteh Coleman, Perry Okudzeto and Dr Abdul-HamidOn his part, Dr Abdul-Hamid said the facility will enhance the capability and local league, juvenile league as well as the various division and then for export in terms of the number of players the country is able to polish up for the foreign markets.The facility when completed will have a multipurpose court, 5- aside pitch, basketball court, changing room, public washroom, CCTV camera installation with control rooms and floodlights. The project is instructed by Ghana’s Markert Leaders in Artificial football turf Construction and management, Wembley Sports Construction Co. Ltd and is the single biggest Artificial Sports Complex with astroturf. It’s among three of such projects in some selected Zongo Communities.