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MLK day should be a day of remembrance, not shopping or deals

Olivia Brayan

January 25, 2012


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Martin Luther King, Jr. was the face of the Civil Rights Movement and has a day commemorated to his and other activists’ memories every third Monday of January. This day was set aside to remember all those, including Dr. King, who gave up a part of themselves to fuel the Dream of Civil Rights. Yet...

SOPA and PIPA endanger internet freedoms

Garret McDowell

January 25, 2012


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As of 10:34 p.m., on Thursday, January 19, World War Web was trending on Twitter. This might sound like I’m beating the drum of anti-SOPA individuals, but I have hated this piece of legislation since I heard about it in October and November. No, I do not care about online piracy and getting free music....

Democracy is a farce, rule by the majority completely untrue

Ross Tripi

January 25, 2012


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One of the biggest fallacies of the American political system is the idea of rule by majority.   Both the ideas that the majority does in fact rule and that it is right for the majority to rule are untrue. Democracy is one of the most dangerous and irrational methods by which to govern.  One of the...

Examining presidential nominee Ron Paul's foreign and economic policies

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January 25, 2012


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Ron Paul holds much sway with young conservatives and libertarians. However, once put into context, some of his stances become unrealistic. In this two-part series, I will examine his foreign and economic policies. I will begin with the most lambasted: foreign policy. Paul believes the military is overstretched,...

Colbert Report hilarious, satirical but informative for American youth

Salim Ali

January 25, 2012


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Stephen Colbert’s television show, the Colbert Report, has had the unintended consequence of educating myself and other young viewers about the intricacies of politics. Stephen Colbert’s form of satire shines a spotlight on issues like the Citizen’s United case, showing the difference between a...

Letter to the Editor

January 25, 2012


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Dear Editor, I received a copy of The Cluster, and I wanted to thank you. I was very impressed with the quality of your paper and the articles therein. It appears that you guys have a fine educational institution. I was pleased to see how involved  your student body is in the community. Obviously...

Modern Christmas practices go against Christian teachings

Ross Tripi

December 7, 2011


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As a Christian, I find the celebration of Christmas abhorrent.  When considering the holiday’s pagan roots and practices it can hardly be considered Christian. The modern celebration of the holiday encourages greed and a sense of entitlement to material goods, both of which are antithetical to Christian...

American media coverage needs to change

American media coverage needs to change

Garret McDowell

December 7, 2011


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I really had a struggle with what to write about this week. It took a while to see what I felt was something that I felt called to write about. In fact, it took some struggling to find something that I felt deserved attention. Crap like Kim Kardashian’s ridiculously short marriage is a disgrace ...

Children's television content too vulgar, bring back the old standards

Vernon Scott

December 7, 2011


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Have you seen any of your old favorite cartoon channels lately? For example, have you by chance taken a look at Cartoon Network or Nickelodeon? In my opinion, these channels have seriously gone off the deep end. Compared to the shows back in my younger days, the shows now are somewhat vulgar. I remember...

Holiday travelers beware, traffic jams a given this holiday season

Cecilia Villagomez

December 7, 2011


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I don’t have very many extended family members that live nearby. If I want to visit with my relatives, I have to travel to the other side of the country. My grandparents were in California visiting from the Philippines this Thanksgiving, and my mom wanted to take a trip out to see them. The stay in...

Lady Gaga-inspired fashion trends should not overpower music

Olivia Brayan

December 7, 2011


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“Just dance. Gonna be okay. Da-doo-doo-doo. Just dance.” These lyrics were stuck in my head for weeks after a dance at my high school. Some mysterious new artist kept spinning around in my head with her odd electronic beats and warm poppy voice. Lady Gaga hit the stage running with her first singles...

Letter to the Editor

December 7, 2011


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Dear Editor, To the community of Macon and Mercer University, I would be amiss if I did not take the time to write to commend your women’s basketball team. I was doing volunteer service at the men’s homeless shelter in High Point, NC. Lo and behold your women showed up to serve these men and the...

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