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A Fallen Halo: A Mortal Reminder

We idolize them when we are younger, and place them on a pedestal as we age. We view them as some sort of demi-god, as if they were born from some celestial body. We wear their jerseys, desire their autographs, and teach our children about them through folklore. In more ways than one, we live vicariously through their play on[Read More…]

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Manifesto of Higher Education

A spectre is haunting higher education – the spectre of social stratification. Education remains the primary means of social mobility and decreasing economic inequality in our nation. In order to effectively deal with the issue of economic inequality, institutions of higher learning will need to leverage their resources and influence to make real and positive change. Expanding access is one[Read More…]

by Mar 1 0 comments Atlanta, Opinions
Taking Steps Toward A New You This New Year

Taking Steps Toward A New You This New Year

“I want to lose some weight.” “I want to volunteer more.” “I want to get fit.” “I want to find love.” “I want to procrastinate less. “I want to be better with my money.” Sound familiar? They should, considering that you have most likely heard them or even said some of them yourself. These are just a few examples of[Read More…]

by Jan 28 0 comments Opinions
There’s A City Beyond These Walls

There’s A City Beyond These Walls

I’ve only been here for two years, and although I sometimes pull out my GPS to navigate my way around these confusing downtown streets, I feel like Macon is my second home… and that’s how I believe it should be. Oftentimes, I find that other Mercer students don’t feel the same. I remember writing an article a few issues ago[Read More…]

Building leaders: America’s global role

By: Jason Knowles, Mercer University law student It is a big and busy world out there beyond the shores of the red, white, and blue.  When you do catch a bit of news, it can be upsetting—and I’m not talking about Apple making your iPhone 6 with a bigger screen. Journalists have been beheaded on the Internet by members of[Read More…]

by Oct 29 0 comments Opinions
Pilgrimage to Penfield: A senior’s perspective

Pilgrimage to Penfield: A senior’s perspective

I never went to Pilgrimage to Penfield as a freshman. I’m not sure why I skipped it, but it probably had to do with me thinking I was too cool to go, and that the trip wouldn’t be fun. It’s a silly attitude to have, but a lot of freshman start college thinking that having school spirit isn’t cool. I’m[Read More…]