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Mercer education, worth the cost

Mercer education, worth the cost

Justin Baxley, Sports Editor
November 12
Filed under Cluster Editorial, Opinions

I pondered the question, “What do we actually pay for?” a lot after reading the article in The Cluster a few weeks ago. After searching, I believe I now have that answer. Though it is just an opinion, and I could be wrong, I will throw out a few facts to back up my argument. I realize that as ...

Thanksgiving: Exiled from the holiday season

Thanksgiving: Exiled from the holiday season

Gabriel Garcia, Contributing Writer
November 12
Filed under Cluster Editorial, Opinions

When I was about four years old, I learned that Christmas was actually a two month holiday which started on the first day of November — or at least that is what all of the stores and malls that I visited made me believe. It seems as if the jack-o-lanterns and ghosts on candy bags turn into Chr...

Thanksgiving: A day for mourning, not celebration

Thanksgiving: A day for mourning, not celebration

Meghan Duffey, Staff Writer
November 12
Filed under Cluster Editorial, Opinions

With Thanksgiving Day looming, we once again come to the same debate over whether or not it is morally correct to celebrate Thanksgiving.  Is it okay to celebrate the unfair treatment of Native Americans by our ancestors? Shouldn’t Thanksgiving, instead, be a day of remembrance and mourning? Ma...

What is going on with the Republican campaign and the headlines?

What is going on with the Republican campaign and the headlines?

Elliot James, Staff Writer
October 29
Filed under Opinions

Much has been stirring in the media on what to make of the presidential race and the GOP candidates. This presidential election cycle seems to feel somewhat strange. In this race, so many calamities have been made over the Republican candidates that it has been increasingly harder to find out ab...

Controlling of Guns or Controlling of Human Rights

Controlling of Guns or Controlling of Human Rights

Sterling Neill, Staff Writer
October 29
Filed under Opinions

“There is a lot of talk now about metal detectors and gun control. Both are good things. But they are no more a solution than forks and spoons are a solution to world hunger,” said Anna Quindlen, influential journalist and writer. The controversial issue of gun control and gun rights has swept ...

Research that reaches out: More than white lab coats and test tubes

Research that reaches out: More than white lab coats and test tubes

October 29
Filed under Opinions

It used to be that whenever I heard the word “research,” I immediately pictured white lab coats, chemical-filled test tubes, and solitary hours spent running diagnostics. I pictured lonely, tedious research. My freshman year I decided I would under no circumstances participate in research during my time...

What are students really paying for?

What are students really paying for?

Blossom Onunekwu, Contributing Writer
October 15
Filed under Opinions

Taking my first steps into the next four years of college life, feelings of invigoration and disgust overcame me. I was finally out of my parents’ jurisdiction and into a new world of friendships and brand new experiences, like being in debt. Moving to college is like a double-edge sword where you w...

Anyone can take advantage of “Research that Reaches out”

Anyone can take advantage of “Research that Reaches out”

Darby Rich, Contributing Writer
October 15
Filed under Opinions, Showcase

Opinion Piece: My Research that Reaches Out (And why you should do it, too) The prospect for Mercer’s “Research that Reaches Out” is ideally its title – implementing a research initiative that can lead to communal, national, and global improvement. Being a part of this plan, a plan that claims ...

Miss America Pageant is meaningful

Miss America Pageant is meaningful

Sterling Neill, Staff Writer
October 15
Filed under Opinions

As many Mercerians already know, this year’s Miss America is Betty Cantrell. A native of Warner Robins, Georgia, Cantrell attended Mercer University before leaving to pursue her dreams in the pageantry system. Through the years, there have been ongoing debates of whether the pageantry system ...

Baseball: America’s Past Time

Baseball: America’s Past Time

October 15
Filed under Baseball, Opinions

Apple pie. The Star Spangled Banner. Baseball. Few other ideals define the American spirit better than those three traditions. Shoot, intermingle all three and you might as well call yourself a true American hero. But one of those American favorites has recently witnessed a dip in popularity. Can you...

The Dish on New Dining Options

The Dish on New Dining Options

Katie Atkinson, Contributing Writer
September 24
Filed under Cluster Editorial, Opinions, Showcase

After dealing with limited food choices for years, many returning students were happy to welcome the new on-campus dining options. While I may be among the population of those singing the restaurants’ praises, I believe there are still some issues that need to be addressed.  Let me give you the dish.   ...

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