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The price of an education at Mercer, from printing to dining options.

Mercer education, worth the cost

Justin Baxley, Sports Editor November 12, 2015

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,...

Christmas gingerbread house set on shelf directly by Halloween candy.

Thanksgiving: Exiled from the holiday season

Gabriel Garcia, Contributing Writer November 12, 2015

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...

The debate continues over whether or not it is morally correct to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving: A day for mourning, not celebration

Meghan Duffey, Staff Writer November 12, 2015

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...

Timothy Jones grabs his music textbooks before his piano lesson with professor Ian Altman

Timothy Jones inspires journalism student

Marin Guta , Digital Editor November 7, 2015
Timothy Jones, a blind musician at Mercer, leaves an impression on student reporter
Einstein Bros. Bagels, located on the first floor of the Tarver Library, is a relaxed cafe where you sit and grab a bite to eat or hang out with friends.

The Dish on New Dining Options

Katie Atkinson, Contributing Writer September 24, 2015

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’...

NFL preseason as a trying time for dedicated fans.

A time of teasing: preseason football

Justin Baxley, Sports Editor September 24, 2015

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...

The Samsung Galaxy smartwatch, one of the recent releases in mobile wearables.

The not-so-smart smartwatch trend, a disappointment

Faiz Aly, Contributing Writer September 24, 2015

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,...

Weighing the pros and cons of these two streaming services.

Spotify vs Apple Music

Justin Baxley, Sports Editor September 24, 2015

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...

Conner Wood, The Cluster’s editor in chief, enjoys a small coffee at a restaurant in Tampa, Florida.

A Letter from the Editor: The Cluster is alive

Conner Wood, Editor in Chief August 14, 2015

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...

Young girl from India plays with Mary Lathem’s hair during her Mercer on a Mission trip to India

What America can learn from India

Mary Lathem, Arts and Lifestyle Editor August 14, 2015

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...

Billionaire Donald Trump seeks to be GOP nomination

The Price Checker: The Curious Case of Donald Trump

Jordan Price, Contributing writer August 14, 2015

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...

The price of being a woman

Amanda Barrentine , Business Manager August 14, 2015

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...

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