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

Sarah Stitt

April 13, 2011

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

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

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

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

opinions

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...

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