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Opinion: Why gender-neutral housing should be available

Jonathan Morey and Logan Reiss hanging out in Porter lounge.

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 ...

Opinion: Are movie theater prices getting too high?

Opinion: Are movie theater prices getting too high?

Connor Cable, Staff Writer

November 6, 2017

The month of October has seen the worst box office returns in 10 years. The Hollywood Reporter states that ticket sales will just miss reaching $560 million. The last time ticket sales in October have not reached $600 million, or even $700 million in sales, was 2007. How could this be? Have ticket sales finally...

Opinion: Girl Scouts is the best for girls

In Elementary School, Rylee's troop learned how to make pizzas at a local restaurant.

Rylee Kirk, Advertising Manager

November 2, 2017

When people think of Girl Scouts, they think of cookies. Their stomach grumbles, thinking of the delicious mint-chocolate flavor of a Thin Mint on their tongue. A Samoas’ caramel coconut scent fills their nose, but they do not think of the girls and women empowered by those cookies. My mother for...

Opinion: Is the banning of books in public schools the right thing to do?

Banned books in Vroman's Bookstore.

Connor Cable, Contributing Writer

October 26, 2017

Last week, the news broke that the Biloxi Public School System in Mississippi had decided to remove the classic American Novel, “To Kill A Mockingbird,” from its eighth grade curriculum. This is only the most recent case of a classic novel being banned from a school system; last year, Maya Angelou’s ...

Opinion: Crisis in Catalonia

Opinion: Crisis in Catalonia

Trevor Odom, Contributing Writer

October 19, 2017

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy summarized the crisis in Catalonia with, “There is no possible mediation between democratic law and disobedience or illegality.” For the past forty years, Catalonians have been engineering a break with Spain.  First they advocated for and were granted more a...

Opinion: President Trump Vs. Peaceful Protests in the NFL

Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C.

Connor Cable, Contributing Writer

October 9, 2017

It has been a recent trend in the National Football League for players to kneel during the National Anthem as a form of silent protest against racial inequality, police brutality, and many other things. It was all kicked off by Colin Kaepernick when he was still a member of the San Francisco 49ers. ...

Opinion: It is time for Religion courses to Go?

Opinion: It is time for Religion courses to Go?

Rylee Kirk, Advertising Manager

October 2, 2017

  Like most universities, Mercer University requires students to take a religion course. However, the selection of courses at Mercer are miniscule and seem to be less diverse than most other course catalogs. Mercer offers six classes to fulfill the required religion section; English 225, Phi...

Opinion: Sanctions on North Korea, Will it Work?

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson chairs a UN Security Council Meeting on Denuclearization of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) at the United Nations in New York City on April 28, 2017.

Trevor Odom, Contributing Writer

September 28, 2017

Over the past year North Korea has rocketed through the headlines with reports of its growing missile and nuclear program. This situation has brought us closer to armed conflict in the Koreas since the end of the Korean war in 1953. In response to North Korea’s actions, nations of the world hav...

Opinion: While delayed recruitment frustrates upperclassmen, this first-year finds many benefits

Greek Village houses the different sororities and fraternities at Mercer.

Emily Rose Thorne, Contributing Writer

September 26, 2017

When I was applying to schools, my college counselor asked me how much Greek Life mattered to me in a potential university. I laughed and said it didn't matter to me at all. She smiled and replied, "Yeah, I can tell you aren't a sorority girl." Fast forward to Aug. 14, Opportunity Scholars move-in day. I onl...

Opinion: Why delayed recruitment isn’t a good thing

Alexa Levine, Mimi McKenzie, and Brooke Vote representing the recruitment team for Mercer sororities at Bear Fair.

Grace Korta, Greek Woman

August 31, 2017

In case you haven’t already heard, the Greek recruitment process is working a little differently this year than in year’s past. Instead of being the first week of classes, it has been pushed back to the fourth week of the academic year, September 10 -15 for the sororities in the National Panhellenic Con...

Mercer Traditions: What every student, faculty, and staff should know for Fall 2017

Mercer Traditions: What every student, faculty, and staff should know for Fall 2017

Douglas Pearson, Vice President and Dean of Students

August 20, 2017

For those of you who are new to Mercer, I think you will find that you have selected an exceptional institution of higher education, one that is rich in heritage and tradition. Surprisingly, though, many folks—including some who have been associated with Mercer for a long time—are not fully aware of the great commemorative events that take place here each year.

A reflection of my awful ‘Taste the World’ experience

Miranda Stephen, Contributing Writer

May 1, 2017

We can no longer sit back and simply discuss cultural sensitivity, write research papers, partake in protests and marches, or show solidarity on social media for such topics. We need to actually demonstrate, apply and adopt the values of Mercer’s mission and standards.

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