Annual Constitution Day Celebration presented by Stover Scholars

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b2ap3_thumbnail_StoverLogo_WU.jpgWaynesburg University’s Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership will present “Steeling and Dealing: President Truman’s Seizure of the Steel Mills,” Thursday, Sept. 15, at noon in the University’s Goodwin Performing Arts Center. The admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Written by Stover Scholars Andrew J. Stanko, Olivia Schultz-Falandes and Tyler McCoy, “Steeling and Dealing” dramatizes the landmark 1952 Supreme Court case, Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co. v. Sawyer.

The production portrays President Truman’s decision to seize the nation’s steel mills during the Korean Conflict and the political and legal drama that ensued, leading up to the U.S. Supreme Court’s six to three ruling that Truman overstepped constitutional limits on executive power.

The play re-enacts the Supreme Court justices’ reactions to Truman’s actions and demonstrates how the case has shaped legal discourse relating to executive authority in times of both war and peace ever since.

“I am excited that the Stover Scholars conceived this drama of President Truman’s seizure of the Steel Mills during the Korean Conflict and the Supreme Courts’ decision to stop him,” said Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton, director of the Stover Center and assistant professor of ethics and constitutional law. “The Steel Seizure Case is the constitutional touchstone to address the limits on presidential power.”

Dr. Stratton also noted that the production is relevant in today’s political climate.

“The Stover Scholars portray this story in a compelling manner, which will resonate with students of all ages,” added Dr. Stratton. “The play underscores the importance of the separation of powers to preserve our liberties.”

Edward L. Powers, professor of theater at Waynesburg University, will direct the production. The performance is sponsored by the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership.

The cast list includes:

  • Aide – Christine Dawson, a sophomore nursing major from Wexford, PA
  • Top Advisor – Joanna Scott, a junior nursing major from Greencastle, PA
  • President Truman – John Wicker a senior, marketing major from Waynesburg, PA
  • Philip Perlman – Daniel Kephart, a sophomore history and English literature major from Washington, PA
  • Reporter – Olivia Schultz-Falandes, a sophomore political science and history major from North Adams, MA
  • Clarence Randall – Brandon VanTine a senior political science major from New Kensington, PA
  • Mrs. Henry – Elizabeth Trump a sophomore biology (pre-med) major from Fairchance, PA
  • Mr. Henry – Timothy DeNofrio, a freshman sociology (pre-law) major from Altoona, PA
  • Judge Pine – Vincent Morrow a junior biology (pre-med) major from Waynesburg, PA
  • Mr. Bromley – Harrison Scott a freshman biochemistry major from Greencastle, PA
  • Mr. Kiendl – Ryan Schwertfeger a senior communication major from Oakland, NJ
  • Mr. Baldridge – Andrew Stanko a senior sports broadcasting/sports information major from Lewisburg, PA
  • John Davis – Tyler McCoy a sophomore history major from Jamestown, OH
  • Justice Burton – Katherine McGonigal a freshman finance major from Wheeling, WV
  • Justice Jackson – Nicholas Cordova a junior political science major from Youngstown, OH
  • Chief Justice Vinson – Brendan Keany a senior communication major from East Aurora, NY
  • Justice Black – Micah Stanko a sophomore political science major from Clarksville, PA
  • Justice Clark – Fridolin Firsching, a Stover Intern from Munich, Germany

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

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