Mercer Cluster

2019-2020 Staff

Ivy Marie Clarke

Ivy Marie Clarke is a third-year student at Mercer double majoring in English Literature and creative writing. Her passion lies in poetry and the arts, and she has been published in The Atlanta Review and Glass Mountain in addition to the work she produces for The Cluster and The Dulcimer. She works at the McEachern Art Center and as a writing tutor for the ARC, and she is an editorial intern with Ma...

Chance Allen

Chance Allen is a junior double-majoring in journalism and media studies. Throughout the past year, he has interned with Royalty Headwear and the Admissions Marketing and Communications department, whilst also running a photography business. Chance hopes to continue and broaden his career by creating editorial content that pushes to inform the world on the richness of arts, entertainment, music, a...

Ian Henshaw

Ian Henshaw is senior media studies major at Mercer University pursuing a career in game design. He holds a certificate of game development and spearheaded the use of virtual reality as an early stage product design visualization technique at Formation Design Group in Atlanta. He also worked as a digital media intern for The Allman Brothers Band Museum at The Big House here in Macon....

Natalie Yaeger

Natalie Yaeger is a junior double-majoring in neuroscience and English with minors in chemistry and Spanish on the pre-medical track. Natalie has written for The Cluster since her freshman year, working as Lead News Writer for two years before transitioning to Lead Lifestyle & Opinion Writer. Natalie has been published for her research in both biology and English as well as the art and poetry she cre...

Jules Tollett

Jules Tollett is a senior English and Theatre major at Mercer University. She has been writing for The Cluster since her freshman year, and has enjoyed working with so many people over the years. Jules is very grateful to be a lead writer this year, and would like to thank Nadia for this opportunity.

Jen Jones

Jen Jones is a Junior and majors in Sports Marketing and Analytics with a minor in journalism. She has worked on The Cluster staff for two years and was the Sports Editor for 2019-2020. Her favorite sport is baseball and hopes to work for a MLB team one day.

Serena Golden

Serena Golden is a journalism and international affairs major in her senior year at Mercer. In addition to her work for The Cluster, Serena has published photo, video, audio and written work with GPB Macon and Cape Community Newspapers in Cape Town, South Africa. After graduating in 2021, Serena plans to pursue a career in internationally-focused multimedia journalism....

Nadia Pressley

Nadia Pressley is a senior double-majoring in journalism and global development studies. This past summer, she was the Digital Marketing Intern for R3. This year, she will be the Lifestyle & Opinion Editor of The Cluster. She enjoys music, art and fashion. In the future, Nadia hopes to work in digital media marketing and communications.

Mahima Sultan

Mahima Sultan is a senior double-majoring in Journalism and Law & Public Policy with a minor in Criminal Justice. She has previously worked with Engage CCJ — the Center for Collaborative Journalism's hyperlocal, online publication — and has interned with The Telegraph newsroom. Last year, she served as Secretary for the Sociology & Criminal Justice Club, and will be serving as Vice President th...

Chas Pridgen

Chas Pridgen is a senior majoring in Journalism and Theatre. Outside of The Cluster, he is very involved in the Mercer Players, the theatrical group on campus, as well as in local community theatre. He has recently done work with WMUB and the Center for Collaborative Journalism Newsdesk, as well as The Cluster, and hopes to pursue a career in performing or documentary filmmaking....

Emily Rose Thorne

Emily Rose Thorne is a senior double-majoring in journalism and women’s and gender studies. Emily Rose has been involved with The Cluster since 2017 as Staff Writer, Lead News Writer, News Editor and Digital Editor. She is a two-time recipient of the Center for Collaborative Journalism John M. Couric Fellowship and has worked with Business Insider, Atlanta Magazine, Georgia Public Broadcasting, Making Cont...

Marianna Bacallao

Marianna Bacallao is a senior Journalism and English double-major. She recently completed an internship with Georgia Public Broadcasting, where her work was featured statewide on programs like On Point, Here and Now, On Second Thought and All Things Considered. This is her third year being on The Cluster editorial staff, but her first serving as Editor-in-Chief. She has won the publication four individual ...

Caitlyn Patton

Caitlyn Patton is a graduate student originally from Durham, North Carolina, currently studying Electrical Engineering. She is enrolled in the School of Engineering's 4+1 Integrated Master of Science Program where she graduated in May 2020 with her Bachelor's degree and will graduate in December 2020 with her Master's degree, both in Electrical Engineering. She has worked two internship rotations ...

Elizabeth Tammi

Elizabeth Tammi is a senior journalism major. Originally from Oviedo, Florida, Elizabeth has worked for The Cluster since her first semester at Mercer University. Before working as News Editor, she held the positions of Lead News Writer and Arts & Entertainment Editor. She has also interned with NASA and Georgia Public Broadcasting, in addition to completing practicum with The Telegraph and 13-WM...

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