Simpson Student Media Host College’s First Free Speech Wall

Words before bullets.

Carpe Diem.
With God anything’s possible.
Aquaman > Batman. 

Expressing thoughts large and small, serious and silly, Simpson College students, faculty and staff celebrated Constitution Day by exercising their right to freedom of speech.

They did so by penning their thoughts on giant boards referred to as a “Free Speech Wall” in the middle of campus.

Some of the writings were profound, some profane, but all were designed to encourage the Simpson community to reflect on the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution.

“It’s a celebration of freedom that most Americans take for granted – the freedom to express yourself as part of a community of responsible and engaged citizens,” said Brian Steffen, professor of communication and media studies.

Simpson Student Media sponsored the wall, which will was reassembled and placed in the Great Hall for Tuesday’s Constitution Day lecture.

Jeffrey Rosen of George Washington University, a noted constitutional scholar, spoke at 7 p.m. in Great Hall. Get more information on the Constitution Day Lecture