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Sam Oni’s speech inspires a future without discrimination

Mary Kathryn Wiley

February 23, 2011

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

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

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

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...

Few truly major in changing the world

opinions

February 9, 2011

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...

Abortion myths cloud debate, ignore pertinent pregnancy issues

Mary Kathryn Wiley

February 9, 2011

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...

Gun laws in dire need of common sense reforms

Kyle Shook

February 9, 2011

In the wake of the Arizona shooting that left six dead and a United States congresswoman seriously injured, the question of gun control resurfaces again in these lovely, well-armed United States. In recent years, with tragedies like the Columbine shootings and the Virginia Tech massacre, the issue has c...

In response to Alex Moreschi’s “In protest of the prodigal statue”

opinions

February 8, 2011

We pay a tuition fee and in turn we get a service. I’m afraid the argument against the bear statue ends at the fact that it did not come from tuition funds, but I’ll supplement my statement anyway. First: How can you possibly argue that someone—or a university, in this case—must use extra fun...

In defense of the bear statue and its generous donor

Garret McDowell

February 8, 2011

There are all sorts of traditions at those schools that have been around for centuries. Mercer has been around for almost 200 years, and the most time-honored tradition we have is every freshman climbing the tower. We’ve seen the addition of several great things as of late. With the move of Greek Row to...

Americans too passive and apathetic towards politics

Beau Smith

February 8, 2011

It’s pretty often that we Americans are unsatisfied with our government, especially our president. It seems we’re always finding fault in our appointed leader’s actions and offering our advice as part of the solution. This is the loyal opposition: let’s be unsatisfied enough to become angry, but too...

CAPS’ pregnancy services offer unbiased and ethical counseling

opinions

February 8, 2011

As director of  Mercer University’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), I feel it is imperative to the Mercer community that I respond to Clarissa Price’s  editorial “Pregnancy Resources on Mercer’s Campus in Need of Expansion” in the Jan. 27 edition of the Cluster. The informatio...

The Village needs a nightlife

The Village needs a nightlife

Garret McDowell

January 31, 2011

Out of those of you who venture downtown for Macon’s nightlife, how many times have you seen incidents happen downtown, feel upset that you have to go so far from campus just to dance, or experience any other detriment? Well, other than those places downtown like Envy, Asylum, Power Station, the Rookery...

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