Mercer Cluster

2020-2021 Staff

Emily Rose Thorne
Editor-in-Chief

Emily Rose Thorne

Emily Rose Thorne is a senior double-majoring in journalism and women’s and gender studies. Rose has been involved with The Cluster since 2017, working as its Digital Editor, News Editor, Lead News Writer and Staff Writer. As a freelance journalist, she has produced written and multimedia content for Business Insider, The Washington Post's The Lily, and PULP Magazine. She has also interned for Atl...

Mary Helene Hall
Managing Editor

Mary Helene Hall

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

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....

Nadia Pressley
News Editor

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. She served as the Lifestyle & Opinion Editor of The Cluster this fall and will be its News Editor throughout the spring. She enjoys music, art and fashion. In the future, Nadia hopes to work in digital media marketing and communications.

Ivy Marie Clarke
Arts & Culture Editor

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
Lifestyle & Opinion Editor

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 an...

Micah Johnston
Sports Editor

Micah Johnston

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

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....

Zaira Khan
Advertising Manager

Zaira Khan

Zaira Khan is a senior majoring in public health. She is currently involved in undergraduate research and the Mercer University COVID Taskforce. In her free time, she enjoys reading and drinking green tea. After graduating, she hopes to work towards more equity in the healthcare industry. ...

Samantha Homcy
Social Media Co-Manager

Samantha Homcy

Samantha Homcy is a sophomore at Mercer and is majoring in journalism and criminal justice. She started writing for The Cluster as soon as she got to Mercer and she is looking forward to another year. In addition to journalism, Sam enjoys photography, music, community service and watching TV. ...

Jen Jones
Layout Editor and Social Media Co-Manager

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.

Savannah Duringer
Layout Designer

Savannah Duringer

Savannah Duringer is a third-year undergraduate student at Mercer majoring in graphic design and minoring in marketing communications and fine arts. Her passion lies in anything and everything creative. She is skilled in illustration, print and layout design. She is an award-winning artist and designer with works published in The Dulcimer. She currently works at the McEachern Art Center and as a freela...

Mandi DeLong
Campus Life Correspondent

Mandi DeLong

Mandi DeLong is a junior English major and double minor in journalism and film studies. This is her third year writing for The Cluster, and she currently interns downtown at Mercer University Press. In the future, Mandi hopes to work in publishing, either in fiction or journalism, and share the passion that she's discovered for herself. ...

Henry Keating
Student Government Correspondent

Henry Keating

Henry Keating is a freshman double-majoring in journalism and history. He wrote for his high school paper since freshman year, and has now graduated to writing for The Cluster. When Henry isn't digging into the news, he's usually listening to or playing music, skateboarding or reading.

Ashley Pemberton
Lead Arts & Culture Writer

Ashley Pemberton

Ashley Pemberton is a second-year student double-majoring in Journalism and Art. Her work has been featured in “BlackGirlsAnime” and “That Green Tea.” She hopes to create work that inspires others and cultivate a space in which everyone can exist openly and freely. ...

Natalie Yaeger
Lead Lifestyle & Opinion Writer

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...

Kylie Brown
Staff Writer

Kylie Brown

Kylie Brown is a junior political science and history double major. She has worked on many political campaigns, including Stacey Abrams' in 2018 and Pete Buttigieg's in 2020. This past summer, Kylie worked as an intern for The Borgen Project, a non-profit organization fighting global poverty. She also holds an active volunteering and education position with the Jon Ossoff campaign. Kylie hopes to one...

Lidya Dereje
Staff Writer

Lidya Dereje

Lidya Dereje is a junior double-majoring in Global Development and Media Studies and minoring in Art. She has done writing, graphic design, and photography with The Cluster. She is currently in the works of becoming published in The Dulcimer and expanding her skills in the visual arts. ...

Keith Holmes Jr.
Staff Writer

Keith Holmes Jr.

Keith Holmes Jr. is a junior double-majoring in journalism and creative writing. Keith was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and lived in both Alabama and Tennessee before returning to Atlanta. Keith has worked with The Cluster and Georgia Public Broadcasting since fall of 2020 as well as with the Macon Telegraph since the summer of 2020. Keith has also worked with Mercer's ESPN 3 affiliate since fall of 2018 and Mercer Athletics...

Jacqueline Lamothe
Staff Writer

Jacqueline Lamothe

Jacqueline Lamothe is a journalism major and graphic design minor. She is a part of many student organizations, such as the National Council of Negro Women, Student Government Organization, and Delight Ministries. She works alongside Mercer Marketing Communications as a student writer, whilst also running a graphic design business. She hopes to further expand her horizons within public relations and hopes to impact the wo...

Lars Lonnroth
Staff Writer

Lars Lonnroth

Lars Lonnroth, The Cluster's News Editor for fall 2020, 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...

Sarah Moore
Staff Writer

Sarah Moore

Sarah Moore is a junior at Mercer double-majoring in English and Spanish on the pre-law track. On campus, she is involved in a Panhellenic sorority and Mercer’s Honor Council. When she's not in class or at work, Sarah can be found crocheting or reading, preferably outdoors.

Safia Serena Tejani
Staff Writer

Safia Serena Tejani

Safia Serena Tejani is a sophomore double-majoring in philosophy, politics and economics and journalism on the pre-law track. Safia is a five-time Gold Recipient for the Presidential Service Award. Along with her accolades in service, she is part of several student organizations at Mercer including Mock Trial, MerClusion Student Government Council and Mercer’s Bollywood Fusion Dance Team Rangreli. In her...

Dean Yusuf
Staff Writer

Dean Yusuf

Dean Yusuf is a sophomore media studies major at Mercer University. He is a writer and graphic designer for The Cluster. He has been doing graphic design for The Cluster for two years now and working at Mercer ESPN for two years as well. Dean has been doing graphic design all over Mercer University from t-shirt designs to logos and plans on working with TEDxMU in spring 2021 in design and production.

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