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Opinion: Students need a more flexible drop/add period

Opinion: Students need a more flexible drop/add period

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor

September 11, 2019

The specified period for dropping or adding a course at the start of the school year spans just four days, or two class meetings. How are we supposed to know whether we can manage our course load or handle a particularly challenging class when all we've done is read the syllabus?

Opinion: It’s time to change the rules about paying college athletes

Opinion: It’s time to change the rules about paying college athletes

Micah Johnston, Contributing Writer

September 10, 2019

College sports are making more money than ever before. So why aren’t college athletes paid?

Opinion: An open letter to my Bear Card

Opinion: An open letter to my Bear Card

Caitlyn Patton, Layout Editor

August 15, 2019

The new digital student IDs promise convenience and greater ease of access, but why are they only available to Apple users?

Opinion: The Lofts aren’t as luxury as they’d like you to think

Opinion: The Lofts aren’t as luxury as they’d like you to think

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor

August 14, 2019

Rent is $810 per month, not including utility fees or the security deposit. Despite the luxury price, Bear Card systems break and stay broken, the hallways are home to more than their fair share of bugs and — worst of all — the privacy you think you’re getting doesn’t materialize.

Opinion: How Victoria’s Secret shows why fashion needs to be more inclusive

Opinion: How Victoria’s Secret shows why fashion needs to be more inclusive

Aliyah Dorsey, Lead Lifestyle & Opinion Writer

April 11, 2019

In 2018, Vogue Magazine published an article that featured an interview with the chief architects of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. In the article, chief marketing officer of L Brands, Ed Razek, said, “We market to who we sell to, and we don’t market to the whole world.” This comment, a...

Opinion: the rise and grind culture leads to a toxic mindset

Opinion: the rise and grind culture leads to a toxic mindset

Mandi DeLong

March 27, 2019

It’s no surprise to anyone that our society fixates on toxic and bizarre habits, nor is there a lack of justified criticism of those habits. However, one new culture has been popular for a while and surprisingly seems to have gone largely criticized, but has also been praised and accepted: the rise ...

Opinion: Is there a problem with Manchester Pride?

Opinion: Is there a problem with Manchester Pride?

Chas Pridgen

March 27, 2019

The 2019 Manchester Pride Festival has been the topic of online discussion after facing scrutiny for having Ariana Grande headline the event. Grande has recently been in the public eye following her alleged queerbaiting and cultural appropriation. In the music video for her song “Break up with you...

Opinion: 21 Savage – Deport or Support?

Opinion: 21 Savage – Deport or Support?

Sterling Neill

March 21, 2019

On Feb. 12, rapper 21 Savage was released from an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainment center where he had been held for nine days. 21 Savage, whose real name is Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was initially held for an expired visa, according to CNN. 21 Savage left the UK and arrived in the United States legally at the age of seven, and remained here until 2006 when hi...

Opinion: Life is Good, so is Greek

Opinion: Life is Good, so is Greek

Julia Partain

March 11, 2019

The views expressed in this article solely reflect the author’s opinion and not an opinion held by The Cluster. There was recently an opinion piece published on various reasons why a person should not participate in Greek life. According to the writer, being a member of the Greek community is a waste of money, strips a person of their ...

Opinion: Dating Apps Are Destructive

Opinion: Dating Apps Are Destructive

Christian Watson

February 28, 2019

The way we find love is changing, especially for my generation. Once upon a time, courting a prospective lover by eye-contact, love letters or (gasp) conversation was preferable. Now we swipe left or right concerning one thing above all else: image. According to Lendedu, 72 percent of millennials use Tinder with ...

Opinion: It is time for better food at Mercer

Opinion: It is time for better food at Mercer

Connor Cable

February 12, 2019

I have had some very bad luck with the food on campus lately. Within the last six months, I have had mixed up orders, extremely long waits, not great tasting and undercooked food and in one case, I found bugs in my food. I understand that Mercer might not want to invest too heavily in food for its stu...

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