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Reality television entertaining for adults, detrimental to children; parents watch out

Brittany Dant

November 2, 2011


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Reality television shows do exactly what they were made to do: entertain viewers. But there seems to be some controversy over the issue of reality TV shows that question the affect they can and do have on American youth. So the question is, are reality television shows detrimental to American children...

Occupy Wall Street prompts student to promote compromise

Salim Ali

October 19, 2011


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For over 20 days, a movement that started in New York has spread to other parts of the country such as Washington, D.C. It is not really clear what goal the movement seeks to see happen. They’ve been called the Tea Party of the left. They are being supported by democrats such as Nancy Pelosi, while...

Internet has created new reality, alters forms of social interaction

Ross Tripi

October 19, 2011


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We are currently living in a state of hyperreality, or we are very close to it. Things that are representative of reality are just as, if not more, important than that which they represent. It will eventually come to pass that our symbol of what we once thought reality looked like will become more appealing...

Academic advisors' main goal should be students' well-being, not popularity

Academic advisors' main goal should be students' well-being, not popularity

Cecilia Villagomez

October 19, 2011


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Have you ever wondered where you would be without your professors and advisors? I sure have. As the second semester of my junior year approaches, I have found myself in the midst of the age-old dilemma: What am I doing with my life? I entered Mercer with the goal of becoming a pharmacist. I was right on ...

The United States' high rates of unemployment lead to uncertain futures

Brittany Dant

October 19, 2011


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  A dentist appointment over fall break served as an eye opening experience for me this year. As if my hatred of the dentist was not enough, when I climbed into the dentist’s chair the dental hygienist asked if I was in school and what year. When I told her I was a senior she asked what my major...

Take away Fall Break, give a full week at Thanksgiving, Mercer!

Take away Fall Break, give a full week at Thanksgiving, Mercer!

Garret McDowell

October 19, 2011


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Let me start by saying that Fall Break has been a glorious phenomenon, so I would never trade that away. I have loved these few days off, because I was able to take a trip to see my sister, who is pregnant with her and her husband’s first child. I’m going to be an uncle to a little nephew, so I ...

Citizenship: an archaic practice that should be made obsolete

Ross Tripi

October 4, 2011


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The issue of immigration reform is moot because citizenship is an archaic practice. It is the last vestige of medieval governance where the individual is property of the state. It promotes unnecessary rivalries and discrimination between people groups and forces employers to make irrational decisions...

Procrastination not the way to go, tips for success necessary

Garret McDowell

October 4, 2011


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I submitted my first grad school application this past Friday, September 30. It was one of the most thrilling-yet- terrifying moments in my life to bring it to the post office. Holding the thick stack of essays and application materials made me realize just how close May 2012 is. I know I’m preaching...

Come on, ladies, it is time to embrace your beauty

Olivia Brayan

October 4, 2011


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All women know that feeling, a sickening feeling that takes hold as you mistakenly glance at the rack in the grocery queue.  It starts in your gut and slowly rises as your eyes are captured by the stick-thin, perfectly-proportioned models staring up at you with their laughing eyes, like they know exactly...

Obama's pre-condition of Israeli-Palestinian peace for statehood should be noted

Salim Ali

October 4, 2011


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Last week, a symbolic event for a certain group of people and for the history books happened. President Mahmoud Abbas made a formal declaration for recognition as a state to the United Nations. Palestine has overwhelming support from other Arab nations and some Europeans, but conflict with Israel stands...

Society has allowed human nature to take a turn for the worse; what would God say?

Vernon Scott

October 4, 2011


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Due to a reading assignment, I had a chance to revisit a song that I enjoy. Though it is kind of weird for a person to be reminded of a song while reading, it is more common than you may think. When I was reading “Servant, Birthright,” a poem by Pattiann Rogers, the song “One of Us” by Joan Osborne...

Alabama's recent immigration laws racist to South American immigrants

Brittany Dant

October 4, 2011


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It is time to take stock of our lives as Americans and face the question that has plagued our country for centuries: what should we do about immigration? Let us take it a bit further. What should we do about illegal immigration? Well, it seems that Alabama has a new plan to take on the question of immigration....

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