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OPINION: Mercer students, please stop partying

OPINION: Mercer students, please stop partying

Sarah Moore, Contributing Writer August 28, 2020
Like many Mercer students, I was nervous about coming back this semester. On our campus, around 4,000 people eat, sleep, go to class and spend their remaining time within a quarter square mile of each other. How could anyone hope to social distance in an environment like that?
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.
OPINION: Mercer has good reasons to reopen this fall

OPINION: Mercer has good reasons to reopen this fall

Savannah Smith, Contributing Writer July 31, 2020
As Mercer students, we are united by a similar experience. After spending our junior and senior years of high school combing through college websites and going on campus tours, we all committed to Mercer University. Our decisions to matriculate here primarily represent a transaction: 120 hours of classes in exchange for a degree. However, we are not solely bound together by the pursuit of a degree. We chose Mercer because we believed in the experience it provides. 
OPINION: Mercer is making a big mistake re-opening in the fall

OPINION: Mercer is making a big mistake re-opening in the fall

Caitlyn Patton, Layout Editor July 22, 2020
What happens when a university opens in a pandemic? Apparently, Mercer University plans to find out.
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.
Opinion: Young female dance teams are unnecessarily sexualized

Opinion: Young female dance teams are unnecessarily sexualized

Mandi DeLong, Staff Writer February 12, 2020

This is an opinion article. Any views expressed belong solely to the author and are not representative of The Cluster. I was at a basketball game a while back when a dance team of a bunch of adorable...

Opinion: The Women's and Gender Studies major encompasses more than you think

Opinion: The Women’s and Gender Studies major encompasses more than you think

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor February 11, 2020
While it’s easy to write off WGS courses as “fluff,” that hasn’t been my experience. WGS is an interdisciplinary field of study that helps students understand how gender underlies all that we see and do.
A student works on a painting.

Opinion: Creative careers are slept on

Chance Allen, Staff Writer January 30, 2020
Personally, I feel as though many families across generations take a wrong view in regard to creative careers. There’s a strong relation between risk-taking and any field that’s not directly “academic” per se. 
A Great Books student's desk is covered with the books assigned in the first semester of the program.

Opinion: How to understand Mercer’s Great Books program

Morgan Prillaman, Contributing Writer 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...

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

Opinion: The time is now for gender inclusive housing

Drew Bryant, Contributing Writer 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...

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

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

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...

Opinion: ADHD is more than a learning disability

Opinion: ADHD is more than a learning disability

Mandi DeLong, Staff Writer 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...

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