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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...

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What Amanda Gorman and Jericho Brown show us about funding the humanities 

Ashley Pemberton, Lead Arts & Culture Writer March 5, 2021

In a nation divided, the humanities may be the saving grace of the human spirit. Two artistic visionaries offer a light at the end of the tunnel. Poets Amanda Gorman and Jericho Brown give insightful...

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. speaks at his campaign event in North Liberty, Iowa, on Feb. 1, 2020.

Biden becomes 46th president of the United States, fate of Senate may lie with Georgia

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief November 7, 2020
Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Sen. Kamala Harris, a Democrat from California, are headed to the White House after a nail-biting result count that kept the nation in limbo for several days.
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. 
ANALYSIS: Ruth Bader Ginsburg is gone. Now what? 

ANALYSIS: Ruth Bader Ginsburg is gone. Now what? 

Kylie Brown, Staff Writer October 8, 2020
Since Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Sept. 18, there has been a lot of talk in the news about what will happen next. What is the precedent for replacing her, and what exactly happened in 2016 when a similar situation arose?

Audio Story: Inside the Iowa Caucus

Mary Helene Hall, Staff Reporter February 14, 2020
What exactly is a caucus, and what makes it so different from a primary?
Because things can become viral so quickly on social media nowadays, it is important to be able to parse the real from the fake. Here are a few ways to ensure that the stories you are sharing on Facebook are up to snuff. 

How to become more news literate on social media 

Chas Pridgen, Copy Editor November 4, 2019
Because things can become viral so quickly on social media nowadays, it is important to be able to parse the real from the fake. Here are a few ways to ensure that the stories you are sharing on Facebook are up to snuff. 
The 1975’s new political songs mark new era 

The 1975’s new political songs mark new era 

Christian Watson, Contributing Writer September 10, 2019
It’s easy to sing about teenage heartache normally, but we’re in fundamentally abnormal times; The 1975 gets this. And as a result, their message is resonating.
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Harry Vaughan Smith lectures on Dietrich Bonhoeffer pack Newton and inspire conversations

Elliot James, Staff Writer February 22, 2016

A mixed crowd of community members and Mercer students and faculty packed Newton Chapel at the Harry Vaughan Smith Lecture series on Feb. 16 and 17. Each year, since 1992, the Christianity department...

Chris Grant, Drew Bryant, and Desirrae Jones hold up signs for Bernie Sanders during their time at the Iowa caucus.

Bringing Back Mercer’s Democrats

Emma Peel, Staff Writer February 10, 2016

Mercer University’s chapter of the Young Democrats is back in action this spring semester. After the 2012 presidential election, the chapter deteriorated and ceased to exist due to a lack of student...

Bernie Sanders (left) and Hillary Clinton (right).

Sanders vs. Clinton: The Facts

Jordan Price, Contributing Writer August 27, 2015

One of the more interesting story lines thus far in the 2016 election cycle has been the emergence of Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont as Hillary Clinton’s main challenger in the Democratic primary. Sanders,...

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