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Students, Guests Celebrate First Amendment
First Amendment

A student writes a message during the “Free Speech, Free Press, Free Cookies” portion of the university’s First Amendment celebration.

The First Amendment was discussed, demonstrated and debated in late February as Florida Tech held its annual celebration of the cherished and influential Constitutional addendum.

Organized and hosted by The Crimson, the university’s student-run newspaper, and Ted Petersen, Crimson adviser and assistant professor in the School of Arts and Communication, the celebration featured a keynote speech before a packed house by David L. Hudson Jr., a professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Law and scholar at the First Amendment Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Other events were “Live Free or Eat Free,” where students opted to give up their First Amendment rights in exchange for a free meal. And “Free Speech, Free Press, Free Cookies,” which featured a wall outside the Denius Student Center on which students, faculty, staff and visitors expressed themselves by writing whatever they wanted on the wall. In return, they received a cookie.

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