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Letter from Ansley Booker: How Mercer will promote diversity and inclusion this year

Letter from Ansley Booker: How Mercer will promote diversity and inclusion this year

August 26, 2020

Mercer University strives to be a Community of Respect where everyone is held in mutual high regard. Each person deserves to be treated with respect and civility. Therefore, we value inclusion, equity, access, and justice for all Mercerians. We call on our students, faculty, and staff to identify and initiate action against bias, discrimination, hate, and injustice in any form. I join countless others in expressing my sadness over the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor in the past few months. It is heartbreaking that these incidents continue to occur. These tragedies remind us of how important it is to stand in solidarity with each other as a diverse community of leaders.

Letter to the Editor: Faculty condemn racial violence and police brutality and commit to anti-racism

Letter to the Editor: Faculty condemn racial violence and police brutality and commit to anti-racism

June 23, 2020

The statement was written and overwhelmingly supported by the faculty of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Letter to the Editor: Faculty respond to Antonio Saravia’s debate points denying systemic racism

Professor Antonio Saravia (left) restates his argument as professor Chester Fontenot (middle) and student Genesis Cooper (right) listen.

November 22, 2019

This is a letter to the editor submitted by members of the faculty at Mercer University. It does not reflect the views of The Cluster, Mercer University or faculty members not listed. Dear Mercer Community, A recent campus debate presented opposing and forceful arguments about whether ‘social justice is just.’ The debate was intended to provoke conversation and to demonstrate the benefit of the university as a “marketplace of ideas.”...

Opinion: Stores closing in Macon affects the community

The deli section of a Kroger.

Suzanna Arul, Contributing Writer

May 2, 2018

On March 26, the Kroger on Pio Nono Avenue announced its closing due to profit loss. The store opened its doors in August 1994 and officially closed on April 20.  For many Mercer students, this means now going a little farther to get the groceries a meal plan doesn’t cover, but what does this closi...

Opinion: Macon-Bibb Leaders Fail to Protect their Citizens

Opinion: Macon-Bibb Leaders Fail to Protect their Citizens

Jacob Lugenbeel, Contributing Writer

April 11, 2018

The Macon-Bibb County government is critically underserving the most vulnerable members of our community: those struggling with homelessness. An estimated 10,174 people struggle with homelessness in Georgia, according to the Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress. Nearly 500 people in Macon,...

Opinion: Is Spring Break Too Early?

Opinion: Is Spring Break Too Early?

Sachin Khurana, Contributing Writer

April 8, 2018

As several Mercer students envisioned their spring break having fun on the beach, reality made them wonder if they had started winter break. Students on group vacations at Florida beaches experienced unpleasant conditions of 60 degree temperatures in addition to constant wind gusts over 20 mph. Alt...

Opinion: Why you shouldn’t be a doctor if you want to help people

There are more ways to help people than just becoming a doctor.

Blossom Onunekwu, Staff Writer

April 4, 2018

Are you majoring in biology? Do you love helping people? Are your parents immigrants? If so, you’re probably at this school to become a doctor. Becoming a doctor seems like every parent’s dream for their child. It sure was my Nigerian mother’s dream. Why would she leave her home country to ...

Opinion: Food on campus is the worst

Caf pizza on a Sunday afternoon.

Julianna Tollett, Contributing Writer

March 26, 2018

As someone who is in their second year at Mercer, I think I have completely exhausted all of the places on our campus where they serve food. I’m the type of person who tries to eat three times a day, and I also try to make sure that I’m eating something healthy every day. I grew up eating homem...

Opinion: Mercer should add art on campus

The simple landscape of Cruz Plaza.

Solomon Simpson, Contributing Writer

March 13, 2018

When walking around Mercer University there are lots of things to look at, but there is also a noticeable lack of color and art. On the way to class, a student will primarily see common, hazel-colored buildings lacking life. The campus fails to reflect the vibrant personalities of the students and ...

Opinion: Stop sending good vibes and start taking action

Gun control rally in front of the White House.

Julianna Tollett, Contributing Writer

March 13, 2018

On Feb. 14, 17 lives were lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. At 2:19 p.m., Nikolas Cruz walked into his old high school with an AR-15 style rifle and killed 17 of his former classmates and teachers. A 19-year-old was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder, according to Sun Sentinel, a lo...

Opinion:  How Mercer can grow its medical school

Mercer University School of Medicine students participate in Mercer on Mission.

Ben Hitchcock, Contributing Writer

March 10, 2018

There are a total of five medical schools in Georgia with enrollments ranging from 200 to nearly 1,000 students. Each one has medical care facilities including hospitals, clinics, primary care, sports medicine and psychiatric care. The largest and most famous of these are all staffed by Emory Un...

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