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Mercer education, worth the cost

Mercer education, worth the cost

Justin Baxley, Sports Editor
November 12
Filed under Cluster Editorial, Opinions

I pondered the question, “What do we actually pay for?” a lot after reading the article in The Cluster a few weeks ago. After searching, I believe I now have that answer. Though it is just an opinion, and I could be wrong, I will throw out a few facts to back up my argument. I realize that as ...

Thanksgiving: Exiled from the holiday season

Thanksgiving: Exiled from the holiday season

Gabriel Garcia, Contributing Writer
November 12
Filed under Cluster Editorial, Opinions

When I was about four years old, I learned that Christmas was actually a two month holiday which started on the first day of November — or at least that is what all of the stores and malls that I visited made me believe. It seems as if the jack-o-lanterns and ghosts on candy bags turn into Chr...

Thanksgiving: A day for mourning, not celebration

Thanksgiving: A day for mourning, not celebration

Meghan Duffey, Staff Writer
November 12
Filed under Cluster Editorial, Opinions

With Thanksgiving Day looming, we once again come to the same debate over whether or not it is morally correct to celebrate Thanksgiving.  Is it okay to celebrate the unfair treatment of Native Americans by our ancestors? Shouldn’t Thanksgiving, instead, be a day of remembrance and mourning? Ma...

The Dish on New Dining Options

The Dish on New Dining Options

Katie Atkinson, Contributing Writer
September 24
Filed under Cluster Editorial, Opinions, Showcase

After dealing with limited food choices for years, many returning students were happy to welcome the new on-campus dining options. While I may be among the population of those singing the restaurants’ praises, I believe there are still some issues that need to be addressed.  Let me give you the dish.   ...

A time of teasing: preseason football

A time of teasing: preseason football

Justin Baxley, Sports Editor
September 24
Filed under Cluster Editorial, Opinions

Preseason football is a time of teasing for the NFL fan. After, months of waiting, we the football fans, finally get to watch football again. These games do not count but serve as a chance for coaches to evaluate their teams. Now this may seem like a solid concept in a perfect world where football i...

The not-so-smart smartwatch trend, a disappointment

The not-so-smart smartwatch trend, a disappointment

Faiz Aly, Contributing Writer
September 24
Filed under Cluster Editorial, Opinions, Tech, Uncategorized

When the iPhone was announced back in 2007, it was a revolutionary breakthrough in the mobile market. That momentum accelerated when the iPad was announced in 2010. It became the next big thing. Today, we have smartwatches, which are being considered the most personable device. Yet, after testing va...

Spotify vs Apple Music

Spotify vs Apple Music

Justin Baxley, Sports Editor
September 24
Filed under Cluster Editorial, Opinions

My freshman year of college I learned that a subscription to a music streaming service was almost as essential as buying books. It is what kept me going during the all-nighters and my long walks across the campus at 8 a.m. were much better with the newest music from Drake or Ryan Adams. I love music, an...

A Letter from the Editor: The Cluster is alive

A Letter from the Editor: The Cluster is alive

Conner Wood, Editor in Chief
August 14
Filed under Cluster Editorial, Opinions

If The Cluster were an independently-owned hotel, letters on the marquee would spell out an apology about the weeks our website was offline this summer and a banner would hang over the front entrance with the words ‘Under New Management.’ Thank goodness The Cluster is not an independently-owned...

What America can learn from India

What America can learn from India

Mary Lathem, Arts and Lifestyle Editor
August 14
Filed under Cluster Editorial, Opinions

There are two things America can learn from India. Just over two weeks ago, I returned from a trip that truly changed my perception of the world around me. My fellow Service Scholars and I spent three weeks in Kerala, India, where we had the unique opportunity to completely immerse ourselves...

The Price Checker: The Curious Case of Donald Trump

The Price Checker: The Curious Case of Donald Trump

Jordan Price, Contributing writer
August 14
Filed under Cluster Editorial, Opinions

Five months before the 2016 presidential primaries officially begin with the first votes in the Iowa caucus, the Republican Party has an unorthodox and unexpected front-runner. New York businessman Donald Trump, a billionaire real-estate mogul who has stamped his name on everything fr...

The price of being a woman

Amanda Barrentine, Business Manager
August 14
Filed under Cluster Editorial, Opinions

Editor’s Warning: The following may cause Bras. Tampons. Pads. Daintily scented deodorants and shampoos. All geared towards and priced for the female gender — all grossly overpriced. Zoey Freedman, a college student writ- ing for a paper much like the one you are holding now was r...

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