By Michael Vitron, ’12, ’13 ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — Answer: An event hosted by St. Bonaventure University’s Center for Law and Society that tests students’ knowledge of the American Constitution, with the winner receiving free textbooks for a semester. Question: What is Constitution Jeopardy? To coincide with National Constitution Day, SBU's Center for Law & Society is looking for nine undergraduate students to participate in the inaugural Constitution Jeopardy competition. The SBU student who is ultimately crowned Constitution Jeopardy champion will receive a semester’s worth of textbooks (up to $350), with second place winning $100 Bona Bucks and third place winning $50 Bona Bucks.
Interested students can take a qualifying exam on either Monday, Sept. 10, or Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 6 p.m. in Plassmann 205A (Center for Law and Society room). Pizza will be served on both occasions.
The top nine qualifiers will compete in three Jeopardy-like competitions at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 in the Quick Center for the Arts’ Rigas Theater. The top three contestants from Monday night will compete the following night at the same time and same place for the grand prize.
Constitution Day was established in 2004. Championed by the late U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), the law mandates that any educational institution that is publicly funded must provide educational programming about the American Constitution on Sept. 17.
The competition is open for students from all majors.
Danette Brickman, associate professor for political science, said Constitution Jeopardy is a fun way for playful interdepartmental competition.
“With the Center for Law and Society coming into existence last year, we thought this was a great opportunity to fulfill our required mandate in a fun way that gets the entire university involved,” she said.
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