Mercer Cluster

2020-2021 Staff

Emily Rose Thorne

Editor-in-Chief

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...

Mary Helene Hall

Managing Editor

Mary Helene Hall is a sophomore majoring in journalism. She is a Presidential Media Change Maker Scholar who has worked consistently for The Cluster throughout her time at Mercer. Mary Helene has received accolades for her work from National Public Radio, Discord, the Georgia College Press Association, and more. When she’s not working on a story, you can catch her listening to podcasts, writing l...

Ian Henshaw

Digital Editor

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....

Lars Lonnroth

News Editor

Lars Lonnroth, The Cluster's News Editor, is a sophomore journalism and political science student, originally coming from the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. During his time doing high school journalism, Lars won around 30 national and state journalism awards, including winning first in the nation for his podcast "The Happenings at the Halls" at the National Scholastic Press Association conference. Sta...

Ivy Marie Clarke

Arts & Culture Editor

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...

Nadia Pressley

Lifestyle & Opinion Editor

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.

Micah Johnston

Sports Editor

Micah Johnston is a junior journalism and media studies major here at Mercer. Micah recently completed an internship with Georgia Public Broadcasting, where his work was both aired on GPB Radio and published digitally. This year, Micah hopes to oversee fun, informative and sometimes emotional sports stories as Sports Editor for The Cluster. When he's not editing articles for The Cluster, you can find...

Serena Golden

Photography Editor

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....

Jen Jones

Layout Editor

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.

Caitlyn Patton

Layout Editor

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 ...

Mira Patel

Social Media Manager

Mira Patel is a third-year marketing student in the Stetson-Hatcher School of Business and Economics with a minor in global health studies. She has a passion for service and wants to work to better her community. As a student at Mercer University, Mira has worked with and served as a leader in MU Miracle and Operation Lighthouse (a project with Crisis Line & Safe House) and Mercer Mentors. Sh...

Chance Allen

Lead Arts & Culture Writer

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...

Natalie Yaeger

Lead Lifestyle & Opinion Writer

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...

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