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WITH POLL | Texas A&M Texarkana holds Constitution Day event

by Mallory Wyatt | September 16, 2022 at 8:49 a.m.
Dr. Daniel Mintun, left, listens as Dr. Gary Bugh speaks about the process of appointing and approving of Supreme Court justices on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, at Texas A&M University-Texarkana in Texarkana, Texas. (Staff photo by Mallory Wyatt)

TEXARKANA, Texas — Texas A&M University-Texarkana students posed questions to political science professors Dr. Gary Bugh and Dr. Daniel Mintun about the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights after a lecture on Thursday at Eagle Hall.

The event was in partnership with the law-oriented greek organization Phi Delta Phi and TAMU-T’s Program for Learning and Community Engagement. Attendees got a free pocket Constitution and pizza.

“We hold this in celebration of Constitution Day, which is a national holiday. It’s officially on Sept. 17, but that’s falling on a weekend so we did it today,” Bugh said.


Student Justin LeGrand asked questions of the lecturers, mainly pertaining to term limits on senators and other government representatives.

“I came because I wanted to learn more about the constitution. I learned that I like the way it laid out the foundation of our country. I also wanted to get a pocket Constitution,” LeGrand said.

According to TAMU-T, Bugh has written about constitutional law and the Supreme Court in peer-reviewed publications. Mintun specializes in international relations and conflict and recently gave an on-campus talk about the Russo-Ukrainian conflict.

The professors spoke of the three branches of government: legislative, judicial and executive; how the Supreme Court justices are appointed and approved to their positions; term limits for senators; and the approaches that the Constitution took in regard to pirates in the 1700s.

Texarkana transplant James Robinson contributed questions to the lecture and said that he wanted to get a better understanding of the U.S. government.

“I’ve always been infatuated with it. I thought it would be highly informative to listen to a new perspective,” Robinson said.


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