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Tokyo Alley: 'Hidden gem' of Mulberry Street Lane

Tokyo Alley: 'Hidden gem' of Mulberry Street Lane

Parker Van Riper

February 28, 2015

Nestled in the heart of historic downtown Macon sits one of its hidden gems, Tokyo Alley.  Sitting in “The Alley,” otherwise known as Mulberry Street Lane, is a restaurant that features Japanese and Thai Cuisine.  Established in 1992, it won the Foodie Award for “Best Asian” in 2008 and 2...

Mercer Artist: Britney DeRosa, stage manager

Mercer Artist: Britney DeRosa, stage manager

Parker Van Riper

February 16, 2015

“They (audiences) watch and say, ‘Wow! How did they do that?’ I know how they do that.”  Britney DeRosa is no stranger to the stage, she just prefers to be behind the scenes. If you’ve seen a Mercer Theatre production in the last three years, you’ve seen some of DeRosa’s stage management...

Tattnall Square Center construction continues despite opening its doors

Tattnall Square Center construction continues despite opening its doors

Parker Van Riper

January 27, 2015

Tattnall Square Center for the Arts is finally open for classes. However, there's still construction work going on outside the building.  Although the building hosted its first major event last week as the community’s new center for the arts, there’s still a lot left to do. “They [the contractors] didn...

Brazilian students take part in Science Without Borders

Credit: Science Without Borders

Parker Van Riper

October 2, 2014

Imagine studying for a year away from your family and friends. Sounds difficult but manageable right? Now imagine that situation but in a completely different country from your own, thousands of miles from your friends and family. Oh, and you don’t speak the native language at all. That’s essentially...

Brazilian students take part in Science Without Borders

Brazilian students take part in Science Without Borders

Parker Van Riper

September 25, 2014

Imagine studying for a year away from your family and friends. Sounds difficult but manageable right?  Now imagine that situation but in a completely different country from your own, thousands of miles from your friends and family.  Oh, and you don’t speak the native language at all.  That’s essentially the exp...

Townsend School of Music becomes an all Steinway school

Parker Van Riper

August 27, 2014

The Townsend School of Music begins the year on an exciting note with the delivery of 37 brand new Steinway & Sons pianos.  The addition of these pianos, and the refurbishment of 7 existing Steinways, makes Mercer’s Townsend School  of music one of 164 All-Steinway Schools in the nation, joining...

Dancing through the decades with Macon POPS

Parker Van Riper

August 27, 2014

Residents of Macon who went to see Clint Eastwood’s movie “JERSEY BOYS” may have seen a familiar face on the big screen. Macon POPS co-founder, President and CEO Steve Moretti, is seen playing drums throughout the film, which depicts Franki Valli and The Four Seasons’ road to fame. Moretti, a...

Bootz & Katz to rock Bearstock

Bootz & Katz to rock Bearstock

Parker Van Riper

April 4, 2014

Bootz & Katz is a three-man band of Mercer students, senior Dixon Cassara and juniors, Ryan Walters and Michael Lirette. The group falls in the category of livetronica, a genre of music that mixes live musical elements, such as live guitar and drums, with a variety of electronic styles. The band...

WWBD: What would Bach do?

Parker Van Riper

March 20, 2014

Ever wondered if you’re “that guy” in a concert or theater performance? The person that doesn’t exactly know what to wear, when to leave or needs a general lesson in audience etiquette? We’ve all noticed those people. A few simple rules for audience etiquette follow. Hopefully next time you...

Fans gather for the first Middle Georgia Comic Convention

Parker Van Riper

March 20, 2014

Have you ever wanted to be a superhero? The Macon Centreplex housed the first annual Middle Georgia Comic Convention (MGA Con) this past weekend. The two-day convention is owned and operated by Heroes & Villains Comics and Games, located in Warner Robins, Ga. It offers a variety of comic books and...

Response to 'A note to Mercer's music school'

Parker Van Riper

March 6, 2014

As a sophomore music major I feel the need to respond to the information presented in the opinions piece “A Note to Mercer’s Music School” from the last issue of The Cluster.  The opening paragraph was quite flattering to the music school and its students, something that I’m sure was highly...

Chamber concert series presents musical variety

Parker Van Riper

February 20, 2014

The students of the Mercer University Wind Ensemble performed in a variety of small chamber ensembles for the second installment of their “Mad About Chamber Music” concert series. The students formed eight ensembles ranging from clarinet and brass quintets to a percussion ensemble, bringing the audience a diverse chamber mus...

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