Mercer Cluster

Business School lectures need more diversity

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April 25, 2012

I received many gifts from Mercer over the past four years, such as amazing friends, wonderful professors and enlightening experiences. Today, I want to highlight a fourth gift: critical thinking. This ability is one of the most important hallmarks of higher education. Unfortunately, I’m worried that...

Let's talk about gas, baby

Let's talk about gas, baby

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March 28, 2012

Let’s talk about gas prices. As anyone with a car, or a television knows, the price per gallon increased significantly over the past few months. Most of the Republican candidates blame this increase on the Obama administration’s policies. I’m going to attempt to explain why oil prices are larg...

Reasons Obama will win the November general elections

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March 14, 2012

President Obama is finally getting a break after a politically rough year. It is my opinion that he will most likely win the general election in November. Here is why. First, the economy is picking up steam. Consumer confidence is rising significantly—this metric is a more accurate predictor of re-election...

Ron Paul and his plan for America's fiscal affairs

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February 22, 2012

In the last issue of the Cluster, I bored the majority of this newspaper’s readers with a lengthy overview of Ron Paul’s monetary policies. I am pleased to announce that this final article of the series will be less mundane when examining his plans for America’s fiscal affairs. When I speak of...

Examination of Ron Paul's economic policy

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February 8, 2012

 In my previous article, I examined the foreign policy stances held by presidential candidate Ron Paul. Because I do not wish to fully lose the attention of this newspaper’s readers—or at least those who put up with my rather unromantic economic infatuations—I will be splitting this article into...

Examining presidential nominee Ron Paul's foreign and economic policies

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January 25, 2012

Ron Paul holds much sway with young conservatives and libertarians. However, once put into context, some of his stances become unrealistic. In this two-part series, I will examine his foreign and economic policies. I will begin with the most lambasted: foreign policy. Paul believes the military is overstretched,...

New SIS system frustrates Mercer students

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August 18, 2011

The summer months frustrated countless Mercer students. As of August 14, the school has yet to notify many students of this semester’s cost. It’s not comforting to move back into expensive dorms and houses while financially blind. Study-abroad students bought their $1,000+ plane tickets without knowing...

Keeping a level head in the abortion debate

Keeping a level head in the abortion debate

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April 13, 2011

Recently, there’s been a whirlwind of abortion-related opinions on these pages (and our sidewalks). Honestly, it’s refreshing to see Mercer students actually care about controversial issues once in awhile. I figured I should jump into the fray and make a few compelling points. 1) When one says many...

Liberal politicians use the rich as scapegoats

Liberal politicians use the rich as scapegoats

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March 30, 2011

A common theme seen in the more liberal media outlets is populist anger against “the rich.” Those two words encompass a diverse group of people. Dr. Thomas Stanley, a premier expert on America’s affluent, ran statistical analyses showing that “the rich” are composed of three groups: the richest,...

A-Sun tournament, students can share UC gym

A-Sun tournament, students can share UC gym

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March 16, 2011

Yes, it happened again: the gym was closed the week before Spring Break. While I am glad that our school has had the opportunity to host the A-Sun tournament because I know it brings in a lot of revenue, I think it is unfair that the University Center workout area is closed the week of the tournament that...

The sad state of American education

This Mercerian certainly has his priorities in order.

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March 16, 2011

The United States’ mediocre education system needs help, badly. Contrary to popular thought, increasing funding doesn’t help—it doubled over the past 40 years while students’ test scores stagnated. Instead, we must enact substantial structural reforms before the educated labor force shrinks furthe...

Of Bible-bashers and frat-daddies

Of Bible-bashers and frat-daddies

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February 23, 2011

Plenty of the top students at this school are Greek. Not all of the Baptists believe in restricting gay rights. There are athletes who are better at organic chemistry than most. I suppose my point is cliché, but it remains valid. Don’t judge a book by its cover; otherwise you might be shocked when reading ...

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