Mercer Cluster

Get acquainted with The Ready Set

Brittani Howell

April 25, 2013

Jordan Witzigreuter, known on the music scene as The Ready Set, gave this year’s BearStock an energetic opening with his dance-able, alternative-pop music. Before the show, The Ready Set sat down with representatives from Mercer’s media outlets, including Mercer 99 and the Cluster. This is the exchange...

Warner Bros. “42” is less than legendary

Brittani Howell

April 25, 2013

I really wanted to like “42”. The story of Jackie Robinson is a truly inspiring one about the fight against racism, a pivotal moment in sports history. Also, because parts of the movie were filmed in Macon, I felt obligated to like it out of loyalty. On a surface level, I did enjoy the movie—but...

Latest Players’ performance leaves great ‘Legacy’

Brittani Howell

April 25, 2013

Karen Zacarias’ play “Legacy of Light” is the last show I will ever see as a Mercer student, and I am not exaggerating: the Mercer Players could not have ended this season on a better note. Visually stunning and brilliantly acted, “Legacy” shows how well the Players can take a wonderful (albeit...

Interview with Switchfoot’s Tim Foreman

Interview with Switchfoot’s Tim Foreman

Brittani Howell

April 25, 2013

Alternative rock band Switchfoot delivered a fantastic performance at BearStock this year, engaging the audience both with music from their newer albums in addition to their hit “Dare You to Move”. Switchfoot could not linger long after their performance April 13, but the Cluster managed to catch...

GDOT relocates graves

Brittani Howell

April 10, 2013

Avondale graves found in road constructionThe Georgia Department of Transportation is receiving national recognition from the Federal Highway Administration for the department’s work relocating a forgotten slave burial ground near Sardis Church in South Macon. The Federal Highway Association has presented...

Author Interview: Kat Zhang

Brittani Howell

April 10, 2013

Senior at Vanderbilt talks about her speculative fiction novel Kat Zhang’s novel “What’s Left of Me”—the first book of the Hybrid Chronicles—takes place in an America like our own except in one respect: every person is born with two souls in their body. For most of childhood, the two souls...

‘Seventy-Six Trombones’ march through Theatre Macon’s ‘Music Man’

Brittani Howell

April 10, 2013

Jim Crisp, Jr. has done it again at Theatre Macon on Cherry Street. His cast and crew bring Meredith Wilson’s classic, “The Music Man”, to life with energy and enthusiasm. I had never seen a production of “The Music Man” before the Sunday matinee on April 7, but I can say that Theatre Macon...

‘Sherlock’ vs. ‘Elementary’: The many sides of Holmes

Brittani Howell

March 27, 2013

Though Arthur Conan Doyle published the last Sherlock Holmes story in 1927, the legacy of Sherlock Holmes was far from over. The detective has been reincarnated more than almost any other literary character in the Western canon. As a culture, we can’t get enough of Sherlock Holmes. His name is a household...

Fairy tale remakes need to stop, guys

Brittani Howell

March 27, 2013

Seriously. After six consecutive critical flops, you’d think they would learn Starting with the failure that was Warner Bros.’ “Red Riding Hood” (2011), five different studios have tried their hands at remaking old fairy tales with thematically modern twists. Since then, Hollywood has produced...

Stray animal overpopulation in Macon

Brittani Howell

March 6, 2013

A spay-and-neuter initiative continues to be the most promising means of mitigating Macon’s stray animal population, but efforts to begin such an initiative have been held up for various reasons, according to Macon officials involved in animal control. Mercer students might not be aware of it, but...

Zombie flick a heartwarming hit

Brittani Howell

March 6, 2013

Isaac Marion’s zombie romance novel comes alive thanks to Summit Entertainment’s adaptation, “Warm Bodies”. Jonathan Levine does a brilliant job of adapting a novel told mostly through internal dialogue into a film that is visually engaging , humorous and heartwarming, balancing the macabre of...

National Players stage Grand performance of Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’

Brittani Howell

March 6, 2013

The National Players brought an intriguing performance of George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” to the Grand Opera House as part of the GrandKids Arts Education series. The National Players is a unique group for the Grand to bring in; though it is a professional theatre company that tours internationally,...

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