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Tic-Tac-Tot

Tic-Tac-Tot

Bekah Fulton, Contributing Writer

February 18, 2016


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I may be the only student at Mercer who does not have a picture with Toby the Bear, and this is no accident. Confession: mascots kind of freak me out. This mild fear may potentially be rooted in a repressed childhood trauma but go ahead and add it to the long list of things I cannot explain about...

#OscarsSoWhite Sparks Social Media Feuds

#OscarsSoWhite Sparks Social Media Feuds

Ireal James, Contributing Writer

February 10, 2016


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This year the Academy nominated all white actors for the Oscars. The decision — much like last year’s — has sparked a multitude of responses on social media with a plethora of hashtags, such as #OscarsSoWhite, #drama, #seriouslythough, #OscarsStillSoWhite. Some of the responders were celebrities. An...

Just do it: Retire Jibri Bryan’s No. 34

Just do it: Retire Jibri Bryan’s No. 34

Hayes Rule, Staff Writer

February 5, 2016


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Four. Seven. Thirteen. Twenty-four. Forty-two. No, those aren’t the numbers of the white balls in the billion-dollar Powerball drawing in January — they’re the five numbers retired by Mercer basketball. It’s time to make it six. Jibri Bryan cannot grace us with his presence on and off the...

We will: Jibri Bryan Tribute

We will: Jibri Bryan Tribute

Justin Baxley, Sports Editor

February 4, 2016


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As the Sports Editor, I feel it is my duty to write this piece — albeit with a heavy heart. I would like to take this opportunity and use my platform to speak to his family, friends and teammates. To the Bryan family, I can't even begin to understand the pain you must be feeling. I know that this is a trying ...

Research that reaches out: Bank on Program

Research that reaches out: Bank on Program

Ruth Francis, Contributing Writer

January 29, 2016


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During the summer of 2015, I had the opportunity to participate in a focus group as part of the Bank on Program (B.o.P) initiated by Financial Management Association (FMA). The project was funded by Mercer’s “Research that Reaches Out” program. The B.o.P is an initiative by finance faculty and SSBE stu...

The natural look

The natural look

Marin Guta, Digital Editor

January 28, 2016


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I was mindlessly scrolling through my Facebook feed when I came a across a photo juxtaposing the before and after shots of a woman with and without makeup. In the first photo, the woman had flawless skin, heavy eye makeup and perfectly coiffed hair. In the second picture, the same woman sat in the swive...

A liberal in a den of conservatives

A liberal in a den of conservatives

January 28, 2016


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Editor’s note: With Donald Trump taking the lead in the Iowa over Ted Cruz, it appears his path to the Republican presidential nomination seems more plausible than ever. With this in mind, we published this firsthand account of the Trump rally that took place in Macon on Nov. 30, 2015. When I fo...

A new hope for inclusiveness in gaming

A new hope for inclusiveness in gaming

Carson McGorry, Copy Editor

December 3, 2015


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A bias towards white male characters is a well-documented reality in the mainstream video game industry. The all-too-common perception among executives at game publishing companies, such as Activision and Ubisoft, — that games featuring characters outside of the majority don’t sell — is reminiscent...

The “red cup” debate

The “red cup” debate

Katie Atkinson, Staff Writer

December 3, 2015


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Optimists see the cup as being half full.  Pessimists insist that it’s half empty.  Give the cup to an idiot, however, and they will be sure to discuss the religious implications of its decorations or lack thereof.  Yes I’m talking about Starbucks.  And when it comes to this topic, I wish we ...

Mercer education, worth the cost

Mercer education, worth the cost

Justin Baxley, Sports Editor

November 11, 2015


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 11, 2015


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 11, 2015


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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...

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