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Assumptions of absolute truth degrade collegiate discourse while stunting personal growth

Gene Mitchell
March 16, 2011
Filed under Columns, Opinions

College, unlike any other arena, creates a great environment for different ideas to develop beyond superficial grounding.   Not just by reaffirmation but by active engagement with differing views. A better understanding of opposing perspectives will inevitably strengthen a view, or do the believer an ev...

Want James Franco and Natalie Portman to come to Mercer? VOTE!

Want James Franco and Natalie Portman to come to Mercer? VOTE!

Kathleen Quinlan
March 5, 2011
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Listen Up, Nerds

James Franco, Natalie Portman and Danny McBride all star in the new film Your Highness. Eventful is hosting a contest that college students can vote in to have the film's premiere held at their campus. Franco, Portman and McBride will visit the winning school and attend the afterparty. Second to sixth-place schools win an advanced screening. SO VOTE! WE ALL LOVE JAME...

Of Bible-bashers and frat-daddies

Of Bible-bashers and frat-daddies

opinions
February 23, 2011
Filed under Cluster Editorial, Opinions

Plenty of the top students at this school are Greek. Not all of the Baptists believe in restricting gay rights. There are athletes who are better at organic chemistry than most. I suppose my point is cliché, but it remains valid. Don’t judge a book by its cover; otherwise you might be shocked when reading ...

State budget priorities unbalanced and unfair

State budget priorities unbalanced and unfair

Kyle Shook
February 23, 2011
Filed under Columns, Opinions

In the shadow of the massive protests in Egypt that unseated a president, the shot seems to have been heard around the world. In Madison, Wisconsin, thousands of public employees (many of them teachers) came out in protest of plans by the Governor to limit collective bargaining, basically unplugging la...

Sam Oni’s speech inspires a future without discrimination

Mary Kathryn Wiley
February 23, 2011
Filed under Columns, Opinions

Says Oni, “I do not want to dwell too much on the negatives or the past.” This is a pretty incredible statement, given Mr. Oni’s experiences. Mr. Oni’s college roommate, Dr. Don Baxter, tells humorous stories of their time living together, but he also has some more sobering words to share. For ex...

Bottle deposit programs practical

Garret McDowell
February 23, 2011
Filed under Columns, Opinions

Recently, I have been granted the opportunity to work on creating legislation for the state of Georgia to adopt its own bottle deposit program. A so-called “Bottle Bill” sets up programs where, after purchase and consumption of the contents, consumers can drop bottles and aluminum drink cans off f...

Loving your body and yourself

Elizabeth Bibb
February 23, 2011
Filed under Columns, Opinions

In the past few years, a movement has gained traction to promote a healthy body image for women. Dove, for example, started an advertising campaign celebrating natural beauty that featured “average” women in their underwear, presumably not Photoshopped or retouched. The basic idea is to encourage w...

Egypt’s future seems uncertain

Beau Smith
February 23, 2011
Filed under Columns, Opinions

In Egypt, Mr. Mubarak finally stepped down, leaving control to the Military, which promises a speedy transition to democracy. After 30 years of silence, 18 days of noise leaves Egypt in 6 months of transition. Transition to what, however, we are unsure. All we know is that the people of Egypt want democracy...

Miley Cyrus: no Disney princess

Miley Cyrus: no Disney princess

Kathleen Quinlan
February 23, 2011
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns, Listen Up, Nerds

  Miley Cyrus, who are you? No, seriously. Who are you?! Are you Miley Cyrus, Miley Stewart, Destiny Ray Cyrus, Miley Ray Cyrus or Hannah Montana? Or someone else? I think you’re about due for an identity crisis. I am just thinking about your baker’s dozen of personas.  Look, Miley Montana, I get...

Few truly major in changing the world

opinions
February 9, 2011
Filed under Cluster Editorial, Opinions

Mercer’s website suggests that this university churns out students with a mission to better the world (or something else along the lines of that cliché phrase). The marketing campaign is certainly catchy. After all, who doesn’t want to be a bear with humanitarian instincts? Unfortunately, Mercer has a long...

Get your Guido on with Kathleen

Get your Guido on with Kathleen

Kathleen Quinlan
February 9, 2011
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns, Listen Up, Nerds

All I can say about “The Jersey Shore” is “Why?” I wish that could be the entire article because I feel it encompasses my entire article perfectly. I just do not understand the mass appeal of this show. I have been fortunate enough to have only been tricked into seeing about 15 minutes of it. The rest I learn about from “The...

Abortion myths cloud debate, ignore pertinent pregnancy issues

Mary Kathryn Wiley
February 9, 2011
Filed under Columns, Opinions

I called fifteen pharmacies in Macon and asked for Plan B. Only three had Plan B in stock. Four had Next Choice in stock. Only one of the seven carried both and had both in stock. Clarissa Price wrote a recent opinions article about resources for pregnant Mercer students. She particularly targets the...

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