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5 things to start your week: Cluster staff beats out UGA and Georgia Southern, freshman residence hall and Mercer dean leaves for Hanover College

Marin Guta

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The Cluster staff trekked to Athens, Ga. for the Georgia College Press Association Awards and left with eight awards in hand. Including first place in Best Review, Best Feature Story; second place – Best Feature Photo, Best Photo Essay, Best Website and Best Campus Community Service in Sports and Features. Our small yet fierce staff beat out some journalism-school powerhouses, such as the University of Georgia and Georgia State University. It was a proud moment for us as we continue to broaden our audience reach. As we expand our online presence, our readers’ support has meant the world to us. Thank you for journeying with us this year, and we cannot wait to see what next year brings our newspaper.

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The bulldozers are coming back to campus. Mercer plans to build a brand-spanking new freshman residence hall set to open July 2016. The new hall will house 300 freshman and sit between Plunkett Hall and Mary Erin Porter. Upperclassmen have the right to be jealous because the new living space will be outfitted with group study rooms and other community spaces.

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Imagine attending Mercer without spending a dime. In fact, imagine if the government paid you to attend Mercer. Gasp! Well, this fantasy has become a reality for Denmark’s citizens. According to an article from the Washington Post, Danish students receive $900 a month to attend college. The country has one of the highest graduation rates and lowest unemployment rates in the world. The Denmark government is notoriously known for levying heavy taxes on their citizens to compensate costs. Although many doubt this could work in the U.S., the inequality of access to education has held back America’s economic growth. It appears that Denmark has not suffered any economic repercussions since instating this policy. Comment below and let us know what you think about Denmark’s set up.

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Mercer’s dean for the College of Liberal Arts, Lake Lambert III, will leave to become president of Hanover College in Indiana. “Even before I entered the presidential search process, I knew that Hanover was a special place: a strong liberal arts curriculum, unique opportunities like the Business Scholars program, broad participation in athletics, and a tightly knit residential campus form a powerful learning community that makes a holistic impact on students,” Lambert said in a release from Hanover.

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Last night was the 57th Grammy Awards and, some celebrities donned  interesting outfit choices. The biggest risk-takers were the men on the red carpet, including Nick Jonas who wore a plaid Versace Suit and Pharrell who sported short shorts. The awards ceremony was a huge success for Sam Smith who received four awards, three of them in major categories, including Best New Artist and Song of the Year for his hit song “Stay with Me.”

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Marin Guta, Digital Editor

Marin is a fourth year at Mercer's Center for Collaborative Journalism and she's served as The Cluster's Digital Editor since August 2014. She loves Facebook,...

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5 things to start your week: Cluster staff beats out UGA and Georgia Southern, freshman residence hall and Mercer dean leaves for Hanover College