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Macon Money offers chances to branch out

Garret McDowell

April 13, 2011

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

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

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...

Some female politicians hamper women’s rights

Kyle Shook

March 30, 2011

The floodwaters of the 2012 presidential election have begun to seep through the cracks of the dam holding them back. Mainstream candidates such as Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gengrich and Michele Bachmann have announced the formation of exploratory committees. This is truly an interesting time in the world of...

Liberal politicians use the rich as scapegoats

Liberal politicians use the rich as scapegoats

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March 30, 2011

A common theme seen in the more liberal media outlets is populist anger against “the rich.” Those two words encompass a diverse group of people. Dr. Thomas Stanley, a premier expert on America’s affluent, ran statistical analyses showing that “the rich” are composed of three groups: the richest,...

Celebrity influence must be balanced with critical thinking and personal evaluation

Catherine ROe

March 30, 2011

Influence can be a frighteningly powerful force. There are no rules to how it is assigned, who wields it or even how it is wielded. Having been named one of the 100 Most Influential People every year since 2004, Oprah Winfrey practically epitomizes what it means to possess influence. Her expertise permeates...

Dance program should be offered at Mercer

Clarissa Price

March 30, 2011

Mercer University, founded in 1833, was declared a liberal arts college after Jesse Mercer and other prominent Baptist leaders of his time recognized that promising individuals needed an institution that furthered their knowledge and love for the humanities, the arts and the sciences. Initially the...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR – My personal story regarding abortion

March 30, 2011

Dear editors, I have a story to tell. It’s the story of a 16-year-old girl in 1990. Imagine a 16- year-old girl in a small, mostly redneck community with a crazy, jealous mother, a younger sister and an indifferent stepdad. Her stepfather is home every day when she gets home from school but she is...

House Bill 461: Meaningful legislation or a re-election tactic for 2012?

House Bill 461: Meaningful legislation or a re-election tactic for 2012?

Matt Hickman

March 17, 2011

Yesterday I watched more than 10 hours of debate on the Georgia House floor. Most of the bills were well drafted and encouraged economic development, increased public safety or reduced environmental degradation. But one bill, House Bill 461, did none of these, and will surely die as it travels to the...

A-Sun tournament, students can share UC gym

A-Sun tournament, students can share UC gym

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March 16, 2011

Yes, it happened again: the gym was closed the week before Spring Break. While I am glad that our school has had the opportunity to host the A-Sun tournament because I know it brings in a lot of revenue, I think it is unfair that the University Center workout area is closed the week of the tournament that...

The sad state of American education

The sad state of American education

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March 16, 2011

The United States’ mediocre education system needs help, badly. Contrary to popular thought, increasing funding doesn’t help—it doubled over the past 40 years while students’ test scores stagnated. Instead, we must enact substantial structural reforms before the educated labor force shrinks furthe...

Politicians, citizens ostracize American Muslims under guise of national security

Politicians, citizens ostracize American Muslims under guise of national security

Kyle Shook

March 16, 2011

Dr. Benjamin Franklin once stated, “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” This sentiment, spoken over 200 years ago, proved eerily accurate in the course of American history. Living in proverbial isolation and sharing borders w...

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