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OPINION: Women’s History Month centers cisgender, heterosexual women. That’s a problem

OPINION: Women’s History Month centers cisgender, heterosexual women. That’s a problem

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief March 13, 2021

This is an opinion article. Any views expressed belong solely to the author and are not representative of The Cluster. From Susan B. Anthony to Hillary Clinton, most so-called heroes of Women’s History...

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OPINION: The ‘Save Girls’ Sports Act’ is an attack on women’s rights disguised as empowerment

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief March 12, 2021

This is an opinion article. Any views expressed belong solely to the author and are not representative of The Cluster. On March 3, as Women’s History Month began, the Higher Education Committee of...

OPINION: Our post-COVID world needs to see more women in positions of power 

OPINION: Our post-COVID world needs to see more women in positions of power 

McKenna Kaufman, Contributing Writer March 8, 2021

This is an opinion article. Any views expressed belong solely to the author and are not representative of The Cluster. The 2020 election was a historic progression of women’s rights and a victory...

OPINION: People of color are not your teachers

OPINION: People of color are not your teachers

Ashley Pemberton, Lead Arts & Culture Writer March 6, 2021

This is an opinion article. Any views expressed belong solely to the author and are not representative of The Cluster. The Black Lives Matter movement raises the question of whether Black people should...

A student writes down her upcoming goals for the year. According to Nuvance Health, research shows that as many as 50% of adults in the United States make New Year’s resolutions, but fewer than 10% keep them for more than a few months.

OPINION: New Year’s resolutions are more important than ever after 2020

Mandi DeLong, Staff Writer February 8, 2021
Between layoffs, quarantine and a grim death toll, none of the normal resolutions seem appropriate right now. If you only make one resolution this year, it should be to cut yourself some slack.
The Trump administration has altered perceptions of the media since the President’s campaign in 2016, popularizing the term “fake news” to discredit reporting that did not aid his campaign.

OPINION: Studying genocide during the Trump administration

Serena Golden, Photography Editor November 5, 2020
It is difficult to take a class like Comparative Genocide without drawing comparisons to our current reality as Americans. The same themes seem to arise in each genocide we study: authoritarianism, disinformation and profound social divisions. 
OPINION: Social media arguments are not social justice

OPINION: Social media arguments are not social justice

Mariyka O. Sich, Contributing Writer October 12, 2020
While most people start out with good intentions, many end up letting their emotions overrule rationality and participate in ugly internet wars. Oftentimes, these result in relationships with family members and friends being destroyed, along with any chances of employment. 
OPINION: Homecoming during a pandemic isn’t worth it 

OPINION: Homecoming during a pandemic isn’t worth it 

Sydney Roe, Contributing Writer October 10, 2020
I am getting tired of “making the best of things” this year. Everything that happens this year is shrouded with the disappointment of what could’ve been, and Homecoming is no exception. 
OPINION: Labor Day should not be for labor

OPINION: Labor Day should not be for labor

Macee Palmer, Contributing Writer September 6, 2020
The sentiment the university is signaling to its students through the removal of the Labor Day break is appreciated, but recognizing the traditional holiday is the appropriate thing to do. 
Conner Wood, The Cluster’s editor in chief, enjoys a small coffee at a restaurant in Tampa, Florida.

A Letter from the Editor: The Cluster is alive

Conner Wood, Editor in Chief August 14, 2015

If The Cluster were an independently-owned hotel, letters on the marquee would spell out an apology about the weeks our website was offline this summer and a banner would hang over the front entrance...

Young girl from India plays with Mary Lathem’s hair during her Mercer on a Mission trip to India

What America can learn from India

Mary Lathem, Arts and Lifestyle Editor August 14, 2015

There are two things America can learn from India. Just over two weeks ago, I returned from a trip that truly changed my perception of the world around me. My fellow Service Scholars and I spent three...

Wear what you want, but think about covering up a little

Chelsey Guy March 5, 2015

I confess that I wear yoga pants. Since I am a 20-something-year-old female college student, this statement is probably not a surprising one. After all, when you step outside of your residence hall in...

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