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Opinion: Being sick in college sucks

Opinion: Being sick in college sucks

Kate Eckrote, Contributing Writer

February 12, 2018

I would consider myself a fairly healthy person.   I often stay up until 3 a.m. watching health documentaries on Netflix. I always skip the whipped cream on my tall, double shot, extra drizzle, caramel Frappuccino. And I exercise regularly in the sense that I sometimes take the stairs. Theref...

Opinion: Safety for Tattnall Square Center for the Arts

Opinion: Safety for Tattnall Square Center for the Arts

Julianna Tollett, Contributing Writer

February 12, 2018

Everybody on Mercer’s campus, and even off campus, seems to have heard about the armed robbery that took place in Tattnall Square Park a few weeks ago. The incident occurred only a few days after shots were fired in Mercer Village at a group of students and an alumni. The students on campus were in ...

Opinion: Jay Sekulow should be allowed to speak at Founder’s Day

Opinion: Jay Sekulow should be allowed to speak at Founder’s Day

David Stokes III, Contributing Writer

February 6, 2018

Let me begin by stating that I find the political philosophy of Jay Sekulow repugnant, and his disdain for the LGBT community, Muslims and undocumented immigrants is directly contrary to my values as a liberal. I strongly believe that all people, regardless of their race, religion, sexual orientation, g...

Opinion: SGA senator speaks out against Sekulow

Opinion: SGA senator speaks out against Sekulow

Joseph Muldrew, Contributing Writer

February 6, 2018

What does it mean to be a Mercerian? President William Underwood and Student Government Association (SGA) President Olivia Buckner have clearly answered my question when they chose to lionize Jay Sekulow, a Mercer alumni and lawyer for President Trump, as our Founder’s Day speaker. In Buckner’s ey...

Opinion: The college football system is a broken system

Opinion: The college football system is a broken system

Connor Cable, Staff Writer

January 31, 2018

Another year, another college football championship with an SEC team on top of the podium. I am not here to discuss the merits of SEC football because we all know they are good. The problem lies in the fact that this year, there were two SEC teams in the four-team college football playoff, and they...

Opinion: YouTube star showcases suicide

Opinion: YouTube star showcases suicide

Lisa Meskimen, Contributing Writer

January 27, 2018

At the beginning of 2018, the popular YouTuber Logan Paul posted a video blog (vlog) of himself encountering a dead body in Japan’s Aokigahara forest, also known as the Suicide Forest. Paul, with over 15 million subscribers to his name, is a 22-year-old man whose YouTube channel description reads...

A Goodbye Letter to Target

A Goodbye Letter to Target

Kate Eckrote, Contributing Writer

January 20, 2018

Goodbye forever,, Target. It’s over. Done. You’ve given up on us, and I’m fine. Really, I’m not going to cry. Because you see, Target, I’m remembering things now. Without the diverting allure of your one-dollar section  or hypnotic glare of your fluorescent lights, I can  finally see cl...

Opinion: Is Greek life worth a life?

Opinion: Is Greek life worth a life?

Lindsey Farni   , Contributing Writer

December 22, 2017

Recently, a dark shadow has been cast over Greek communities since the death of Maxwell Gruver at Louisiana State University. Gruver died in a fraternity house on Sept.14 following a night of hazing. According to Louisiana-based newspaper “The Advocate, ” Gruver had been part of a fraternity ha...

Opinion: What should we do about gun violence?

Opinion: What should we do about gun violence?

Jabril Edmondson, Staff Writer

December 15, 2017

According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been over 300 mass shootings in America in 2017 alone. A mass shooting is classified as a shooting where four or more people are killed or injured. These aren’t instances of happenstance, they are intentional and damaging. There is obviously an issue ...

Opinion: “It’s Okay to be White” posters displayed throughout the country

Opinion: “It’s Okay to be White” posters displayed throughout the country

Kianna Lanier, Contributing Writer

December 3, 2017

When has it been unacceptable to be white? The white population in America benefits from better education, higher income, lower unemployment rates, lighter criminal sentencing and many other privileges compared to those of blacks and Hispanics in America. In light of recent attempts to highlight these ine...

Opinion: I studied race and gender in Mercer athletics for my research class, here’s what I found

Opinion: I studied race and gender in Mercer athletics for my research class, here’s what I found

Sophie Peel, Contributing Writer

December 1, 2017

As with all communities, the athletic world is a jumbled pool of personalities, ethnic identities, competing morals, races, ideologies and voices. This column does not aim to expose and scold the athletic community for its wrongdoings; the athletic community merely works as a vehicle to observe and pos...

Opinion: Why gender-neutral housing should be available

Opinion: Why gender-neutral housing should be available

Aliyah Dorsey, Contributing Writer

November 8, 2017

A dorm is a student’s work space, most visited hangout and home away from home. However, for students who are trans and nonbinary, the dorm can also be a difficult place to live. Personally, I know several people who identify as genders other than male or female and some who don’t identify as ...

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