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Opinion: How to understand Mercer’s Great Books program

A Great Books student's desk is covered with the books assigned in the first semester of the program.
November 24, 2019

This is an opinion article. Any views expressed belong solely to the author and are not representative of The Cluster. As Plato says, opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance, so I hope...

Opinion: The time is now for gender inclusive housing

The Housing & Residence Life office is located on the second floor of the Connell Student Center. Archived photo by Rose Scoggins
November 22, 2019

This is an opinion article. Any views expressed belong solely to the author and are not representative of The Cluster. Last spring, one of Mercer’s finest went on to graduate and begin the next chapter...

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 21, 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...

Opinion: ADHD is more than a learning disability

Opinion: ADHD is more than a learning disability
November 7, 2019

This is an opinion article. Any views expressed belong solely to the author and are not representative of The Cluster. Most people dismiss attention deficit hyperactivity disorder as a learning disability...

Tech Review: iOS 13 is underrated, and the iPhone 11 is confusing

The mobile Bear Card has previously only been available for Apple devices.
October 26, 2019
"Slofies," upgraded cameras, Memojis and more: here's what you can expect from the latest season of Apple products.

Opinion: The Caf’s inconveniences outweigh its benefits

A student places food into a container at the Fresh Food Company.
October 11, 2019
The inconveniences of the Caf are a lot more prevalent and make it a far less desirable place for lunch on campus.

Opinion: Blackfishing is an Instagram trend that needs to go

Opinion: Blackfishing is an Instagram trend that needs to go
October 10, 2019
My issue with blackfishing is that these models are clearly mimicking my culture for clout and money, when every time I perform my culture, it’s ridiculed and sometimes even criminalized.

Opinion: A new plan to address textbook prices head-on

Opinion: A new plan to address textbook prices head-on
September 27, 2019
I have concluded that the administration of Mercer University must take steps to reduce the price of textbooks that students are required to purchase for their classes. In particular, the University must institute a price limit on the books and materials that professors make mandatory. 

Opinion: Our Access & Accommodations office is not helping students

Graphic from Wikimedia Commons
September 27, 2019
Someone I am very close with went through the entire process to get accommodations for her disability. She turned her papers in and made plans to live off-campus at a doctor’s request. However, she never heard back from the office.

Opinion: Students need a more flexible drop/add period

Daniel Wilson and Emily Cadle study in the library.
September 10, 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

There’s already a booming industry centered around college athletics, and the only people not making huge profits off of said market are the athletes themselves.
September 10, 2019
College sports are making more money than ever before. So why aren’t college athletes paid?

Letter from Dean Pearson: What every student, faculty and staff should know about Mercer traditions this fall

August 17, 2019
In a letter to the editor, Vice President and Dean of Students Douglas Pearson encourages Mercerians to attend upcoming events this fall.
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