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Uptown Art: Week of May 27 – June 2

June 5, 2012


Our June First Friday featured an exhibition from Gina Cox of Pitt Community College, and a demonstration by Charity Valentine, also of PCC. There was also a reading from local author Kathy Sprau. The food was donated by the Quarry, a new restaurant and bar on 5th st. We hope everyone that joined up had a great time!


High school to get TB tests: Students and staff at Ayden-Grifton High School will undergo mandatory testing for tuberculosis after a probable case was discovered in a student this week, according to Pitt County school and health department officials. The health department first was notified of the potential case on Wednesday, according to Pitt County Health Director John Morrow. The department began testing to confirm the case and is working with the school system. A basic skin test will be administered free of charge at the school on Monday, and the results will be read on Wednesday to see if students and staff have been exposed, according to school district spokeswoman Heather Mayo.


ECUnify: “Students represent a powerful voting bloc in local elections, the proverbial elephant in the room if you will. There were around 27,367 students attending East Carolina based on numbers from Fall of 2011. And local elections are typically so close in Pitt County and Greenville that if even a tenth of those students were to vote, it could drastically swing the results in an election. Unfortunately, our age group, the 18-25 age group, is one of the most notoriously unreliable voting blocs in the country. We often show up for big, important, and historic votes, but shirk our responsibility when it comes down to elections that supposedly “don’t matter.” The truth is, that every election matters. Voting represents an important affirming or disapproving voice that all adults have. And I feel as though we students could use our voices to positively affect changes to the city of Greenville and surrounding areas.”


Memorial Day history: “Nearly two centuries ago, the American people came together to remember those who had fallen during the deadliest war that American soil had ever seen. What originally started as women decorating the graves of soldiers who died during the Civil War turned into a national holiday known and celebrated today as Memorial Day. As years have passed, the significance of Memorial Day seems to have been forgotten by a vast majority of Americans. Many people view this special holiday as just a day off from work or school, neither of which has anything to do with the true meaning of the day.”


Organize to overcome Amendment 1: “On May 8th, North Carolina held its primary elections, determining which politicians would go on to represent the political parties in the upcoming November elections. However, this was not all there was on the ballot. There was also a referendum known as Amendment One. Its purpose is to change the North Carolina Constitution “to provide that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized.” It passed with the support of 61.06 percent of the votes, out of about 2 million voters. Over 4 million registered voters did not vote.”

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