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December 2, 2011
Mayor-elect shares vision for Qreensboro and citizens
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positively about your community and working together to
show them that the city and county government can work
together for the common good. Then, I think the next thing that
you have to do is go out and promote your community to tlie
region, and those outside the region, to attract companies to
relocate in our community. One of the things that I have done
over the years is work hard on establishing relationships with
other regional leaders that 1 think will pay dividends when I
take office as mayor.
G: Now that you’re elected, what are your thoughts
on the White Street Landfill?
RP: The White Street Landfill is not going to reopen. In terms
of our solid waste management strategy, I tHnk we have to look
at all the options. I believe there will be some options available
that will involve regional disposal facilities that are emerging
now that should have been looked at before and for one reason
or another were not. Randolph County being one, Rockingham
County being two and a shared facility for the triad being a
third option that may be a longer term solution but something
that we all want to work on.
G: With a number of Greensboro businesses closing
in the past year, how do you plan to reverse this trend?
RP: This is a tough recession; this is not something that any
of us have ever been through. It's an unprecedented situation
in terms of unemployment and people losing jobs (and) ...
something that we're not going to come out of quickly or easily.
The regulatory environment is something that we need to try to
pare down. We don't need to have any unnecessary regulations
on the books that are going to impair businesses, but at the same
time you have to protect the city that you're living in — in terms
of over development — when things come back, so we need to
have responsible planning and we need to make sure what does
get built in our city is built in an attractive manner. We don't
want to build a bunch of junk; we want to build responsibly.
G: What is your opinion on the Occupy movement,
specifically in Greensboro?
RP: I think that the Occupy movement in Greensboro
went pretty peacefully. They set up camp in downtown and
I think the city worked with them to grant them at a reduced
cost a location to camp. I think our police did a good job of
cooperating with them so that there wasn't any violence. I don't
think we had an arrest in Greensboro when they were here.
It was something that certainly they have the right to do and
that's why the rights that we have in our country are so special
and so valuable; people can do that without being persecuted
or thrown in jail.
G: Greensboro has five four-year universities. How
will you use your position as mayor to help keep a
larger number of those students in Greensboro and
working after they’ve graduated?
RP: The success for the universities is also the city's success.
They are a stabilizing portion of our economy because students
go to school whether the economy is good or bad, and
sometimes they stay in school longer when the economy is bad.
We need to make sure that we help the colleges and universities
with their long-term growth plans and we don't inhibit them
and we're working together as opposed to trying to stop what
they're interested in doing.
G: (Submitted by student) What is your opinion on
the current referendum in the primaries to amend
NC’s constitution to ban same-sex marriage?
RP: I'm opposed to that. I think we've got a lot more
important things to focus on than trying to make a constitutional
amendment for banning same-sex marriage.
G: (Submitted by student) What is your opinion about
the number of Hispanic people either documented or
undocumented that live here in Greensboro?
RP: There are a lot less (now, but).. .the Hispanic population
is a valued part of our community, like any other group that
comes in and lives in Greensboro. I think the strength in our
community is based on our diverse nature, and if we look at
combining all of our strengths we're going to be a lot better off
in the future. So I would welcome the Hispanic population as
an active part of Greensboro and make sure that the city services
are delivered in a way that all populations can take advantage
of what we have to offer.
"Espiral" shows different side of immigration
By Ellen Nicholas
As people waited for the movie to start, the
buzz of conversation quickly died down as three
people stepped into the center of a crowded
Bryan Jr. Auditorium. Each held an instrument: a
guitar, a trumpet, and a giiiro, a Latin-American
percussion instrument made out of a gourd.
Because attendees expected to only be shown
a movie, the live mariacfd music was a surprising
"I think the music kind of sets the mood
as Mexican," said Alfonso Abad Mancheno,
assistant professor of Spanish. "I think it flowed
right into the movie."
The movie, shown on Nov. 17, was "Espiral,"
a Mexican film set in a small, southern Mexican
village. The film focuses on the lives of the
women whose husbands and fathers leave them
behind to go to the U.S. to earn enough money to
better their lives.
"Most films about emigration deal with the
idea of crossing the border, the journey to get to
the United States and the lives of the immigrants
once they are established in the US," said Olivia
Elias, assistant professor of Spanish, in an email
interview. "We rarely stop and think what
happens to those people that remain in Mexico."
"Espiral" was one of 23 movies shown as
part of the North Carolina Latin-American Film
Festival. The films were shown at colleges and
universities in Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill and
According to the film festival's website, "Its
mission is to provide a space in North Carolina
for Latin American images, sounds, and stories
to reach a wider audience." Many agree this is
an important goal.
"I think it's important for students to come
see movies like this because it allows them to see
the world from a different point of view," said
sophomore Chloe Weiner. "Because we're living
here at college, going to the cafeteria, going to
our classes, doing the same things every day,
... sometimes it's hard to realize other people's
realities of ... having to go maybe to an entirely
different country and how that can change your
life, and maybe ruin your life forever because of
"One thing that I found very interesting was
the U.S. was always present in the movie even
though we never see the U.S.," said Mancheno.
"It was like (the people in the film) are brought
up to go to the U.S. That's what's in their minds
since Aey are kids."
As more and more of the men leave the
village in search of a better life in the U.S., the
women who remain begin taking over all the
responsibilities of keeping their town afloat. Out
of necessity, they realize that they have more to
offer their community than just being wives and
"You can look at the point of view of women
in more traditional societies and how that's
changing everywhere," said Mancheno.
Initially, the women left behind are portrayed
as sad, abandoned characters. As they begin to
take over the town, however, they find clarity
and fulfillment in their new powerful roles in
"I wasn't necessarily expecting it to portray the
lives of the people who left to be the unsuccessful
ones, but they were obviously the most unhappy
characters in the whole movie," said Weiner.
The title of the film translates to "Spiral"
in English, an image that plays an important
symbolic role in the film.
"I believe the concept of 'Espiral' is making
reference to those events, patterns, situations,
that are naturally repetitive," said Elias. "Nothing
changes. I am talking about the economic
situation of the people that migrate. Even though
they work so hard they still remain in the same
The film ends with the men of the village
sitting drunk and alone while the women laugh
and share a meal together.
In the end, "Espiral" maintained the mission
of the film festival and let the audience glimpse a
different world from a unique perspective.
"It's extremely important that Guilford
students remain active in learning about
problems that exist not only in our communities
but in the world," said Early College student
Haejin Song. "These movies are voices that want
to tell the world their stories, and we need to be
the ears and listen."
Perdue lays out new
education plan at Guilford
By Jacob Rosenberg
Fenced in by two close advisors.
Governor Bev Perdue quickly walked
up the stairs to the Frank Science Center
on Nov. 10. One advisor flipped open
a folder and said to a fast-moving
Perdue, "We are going to Mrs. Melton's
Environmental Science class." Perdue
took the information in stride and began
shaking hands and asking names.
Perdue had come to the Early College
at Guilford to announce her new College
and Career Promise plan, which allows
certain high school students in North
Carolina to begin pursuing a two- or
four-year degree, certificate or diploma.
The program is tuition-free and only
requires high-school students to meet
CCP has three pathways. Two allow
high-school students with a "B" or above
average to apply during their junior
or senior years to earn credits at local
community colleges or independent
colleges or universities.
The third pathway "started here,"
Perdue said during her speech in the
Bryan Jr. Auditorium. It involves more
cooperative high schools like the Early
College at Guilford. Perdue hopes with
this plan to better facilitate the needs of
these high schools at the state level.
In a speech made in Durham earlier
that same day. Perdue said, "These were
really good programs, but they were
patchwork... they were not coordinated."
A former teacher herself. Perdue ran
on a platform of improving education
in her 2008 campaign. As the 2012
election approaches, Perdue's chances
of reelection are in danger, despite the
Democratic National Convention being
held in North Carolina.
Aaron Blake of the Washington Post
ranks Perdue as the most vulnerable
governor in 2012. Perdue hopes to
rekindle support with this education
plan and light a path to victory in
However, her reception at the Early
College was mixed.
"I thought it went well ... it was
exciting," said Margo Melton, the
environmental science and biology
teacher whose classroom Perdue visited.
Some Early College students, who
wished to remain anonymous, had
One said, "She's a publicity magnet.
(She) taps us on the shoulder just because
it is going to be on TV."
Another objected to the very idea of
the visit, saying, "Why does she need
to come here to trot out her policy? She
isn't asking our opinion. She just wants
us to grin in the background. It is a dog
Both these students and others felt
they were being used without being
asked their actual opinions. Many
wondered why a bill on an education
plan took them out of class.
Other students, however, such as
Rishab Revankar, a tenth grader at the
Early College, found the visit enjoyable
and described Perdue as "a very nice
and dignified woman."
While opinions on the visit were
varied, the early college model has been
successful at Guilford, as it is currently
ranked the seventeenth best public high
school in the country by Newsweek.
Perdue hopes to take this type of success
statewide. Whether expansion of college
credit programs will help her reelection
chances is still to be seen.