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BEAR Day shines, but could use improvement

BEAR Day shines, but could use improvement

Gene Mitchell

April 27, 2011


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Mercer University’s College of Liberal Arts has implemented a unique experience for undergraduates to display their research for colleagues and professors to recognize.  The students who presented at the new Breakthroughs in Engagement, Arts, and Research (BEAR) Day, which took place two weeks ago, really...

Students need more graduation tickets

editor2

April 27, 2011


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I would like to begin this article by thanking Mercer for ruining my excitement about the graduation ceremony. Yes, thank you. To avoid singling out certain individuals I will direct my article, simply, to  Mercer. Judging from the multiple conversations and Facebook statuses, I’m sure seniors can agre...

J. Crew controversy brings out the bigots

Elizabeth Bibb

April 27, 2011


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Last week, the nation erupted in outrage over an incident that had liberals and conservatives engaged in vicious mudslinging. Was it the United States’ involvement with the war in Libya? No. Was it the disturbingly partisan nature of the recent budget crisis? No. It was something much worse. Popular clot...

ROTC students deserve early registration

CJ Akins

April 27, 2011


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There are 300 million people in the United States, and 1.5 million of them are active duty members of the United States Armed Forces. These are members of the Marine Corps, Navy, Army and Air Force. They are the defenders of our country, our values, our way of life and our democracy. They preserve freedom ...

Keeping a level head in the abortion debate

Keeping a level head in the abortion debate

opinions

April 13, 2011


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Recently, there’s been a whirlwind of abortion-related opinions on these pages (and our sidewalks). Honestly, it’s refreshing to see Mercer students actually care about controversial issues once in awhile. I figured I should jump into the fray and make a few compelling points. 1) When one says many...

Those against LGBT rights similar to racists from Civil Rights-era

Those against LGBT rights similar to racists from Civil Rights-era

Kyle Shook

April 13, 2011


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The name Hazel Bryan Massery is probably unfamiliar to a lot of Americans. Similarly, Elizabeth Eckford, while probably more prominent, is still not an everyday name heard in 2011. These two women’s paths crossed in a single moment that would be photographed and evolve into one of America’s most notabl...

Using birth control to tackle the root cause of the abortion debate

Sarah Stitt

April 13, 2011


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Look, this pro-life/pro-choice thing is obviously becoming such an issue that it has reached me all the way over here in Ljubljana, Slovenia (ah, the wonders of Facebook). There have been a couple of times throughout my Mercer career that I’ve wanted to throw my two cents in on this issue, but I’ve...

Regarding freedom of speech on campuses

April 13, 2011


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Dear editors, I was disturbed by the report in the March 31, 2011 issue of The Cluster that a university official poured water on two chalkings by Mercer students about abortion: one that pictured a crossed-out coat hanger with the words “Mercerians against wire hangers” and another that said “College...

Students should appreciate on-campus events

Kathleen Quinlan

April 13, 2011


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Mercer students are extremely ambivalent. Our campus has roughly the same amount of campus events as UGA and less students, yet almost every event is barely attended. The people who do go are the ones who want the free shirt. But there are ways to get the shirt and not attend the event. Show up, get...

Macon Money offers chances to branch out

Garret McDowell

April 13, 2011


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Let me preface this by saying that I straight-up love making money with Macon Money (yes, I used that pun). It has allowed me to purchase a hammock and eat rather well. I know of dozens of individuals who have been able to eat some good food as of late. However, most of these people are just Mercer...

Mercer’s regulations regarding student activities hypocritical

Mercer’s regulations regarding student activities hypocritical

Nick James

March 30, 2011


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Mercer is a funny place. We pride ourselves on our Baptist heritage in the same breath as our outstanding liberal education. But I’m not trying to argue between those two points — I'm just taking some time to exercise my First Amendment right to free speech. But let me backtrack a little bit. Last...

Campus smoking rules must be respected for the sake of nonsmoking students’ health

Campus smoking rules must be respected for the sake of nonsmoking students’ health

Rebecca Strally

March 30, 2011


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Every person reading this editorial has probably seen me around campus. I have short dark hair, am usually sitting outside on the Quad (rain or shine) with a book, and almost always have a cigarette in my hand. If I am not in class or the cafeteria, I am somewhere on the Quad smoking. Over my four years...

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