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Christmas focus should be family

Brittany Dant

December 7, 2011


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The holiday season is now upon us. Meaning, as if life was not stressful enough already, you have presents to buy, food to consume, traffic to contend with and potential News Year’s resolutions to make. While winter is not exactly my favorite time of year, I like being warm rather than freezing certain...

Letters to the Editor: "Disney Princess Culture Harmful to Young Girls"

Sarah Stitt

November 16, 2011


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Dear Editor, As a self-proclaimed “Princess Obsessed Princess” and the director of a Princess/girl power themed summer show, I was immediately drawn to the article entitled “Disney Princess Culture Harmful to Young Girls.” This is not an idea I am unfamiliar with, but one I will always disagree...

Republican presidential contender needs a lesson in metaphysics; man's sexual orientation can't be chosen, only acted on

Ross Tripi

November 16, 2011


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A recent contender for the Republican Party’s nomination as a presidential candidate made a remark about how he believes that people choose their sexual orientation. Why someone’s view on where sexual orientation comes from is relevant to running for president, I don’t know. Regardless, his ignorance...

Student behavior in lectures unacceptable

Student behavior in lectures unacceptable

Garret McDowell

November 16, 2011


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After three years and counting at Mercer University, I have noticed a disturbing trend. Sadly, I have even been a part of this. When the average Mercer student walks up to an activity, they are just there to get points or extra credit for a class they’re taking. This ruins otherwise great present...

Joe Paterno's dismissal from Penn State is right decision; good job Penn

Brittany Dant

November 16, 2011


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The football scandal that rocked Penn State last week warrants discussion. Not only was longtime football coach Joe Paterno sacked due to a “cover-up,” but so was the university’s President Graham Spanier. The question here is what should have been done, and was the action taken the right choice? Of...

Some hurtful truth is better than a well intended lie any day

Olivia Brayan

November 16, 2011


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“Liar, liar pants on fire!” I remember screaming those words as a child on the playground, feeling so very betrayed when some boy decided to no longer be my “husband” as we played house. Everyone tells lies and nobody likes them. Still it is an everyday occurrence to lie to the ones we love and...

Facing the loss of a parent

Vernon Scott

November 12, 2011


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What should you do when you lose a parent? Do you cry your eyes out? Do you act as if you are not affected and constantly lie to yourself? Should you live your life asking why they had to go and was it too soon? I honestly believe that you should cry but don’t let it be all that you do. I believe...

Prosperity and wealth lead to harsh reality and bleak future for Americans

Ben Blackwelder

November 2, 2011


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Society is accustomed to the phrase “money runs the world,” and we have accepted the fate that has been bestowed upon us from our fathers, who lived under its harsh realities, yet maintained an outlook of prosperity and good will. But the phrase itself, so cold and shrewd, gives little hope for the...

SHAPE lecture hurtful, not helpful to Mercer's Greeks and athletes

SHAPE lecture hurtful, not helpful to Mercer's Greeks and athletes

Garret McDowell

November 2, 2011


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With all due respect to the people involved with SHAPE, I feel compelled to use my position as a columnist to address something I feel was something of a travesty. The ideas and thoughts here are not representative of the rest of The Cluster or my fraternity. What I say is attributable to me and me al...

First date question answered, no one should pay

Vernon Scott

November 2, 2011


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Can starting a new relationship be stressful? An easier question would be what can make a new relationship stressful? The stress can easily be caused by many factors, such as: who should initiate the first conversation, or when will it be too soon, or is it too late. Another factor could be the first...

Graduate fair school selections leave CLA students few options

Alaisha Key

November 2, 2011


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For the past week I, like many of you, have had my inbox bombarded with emails from career services urging me to make time and go check out the graduate school fair. Well, last Friday I happened to stop by the U.C. at the ten o’clock hour with a few friends and found myself highly disappointed not...

Disney princess culture harmful to young girls

Disney princess culture harmful to young girls

Olivia Brayan

November 2, 2011


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Disney, one word that has everyone thinking of the magical land that just so happens to be “The Happiest Place on Earth.” Yet let’s be real folks, it’s just another amusement park and business franchise that fills our head with false hopes and dreams. I am all for the imagination and creative ...

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