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Opinion: The time is now for gender inclusive housing

The Housing & Residence Life office is located on the second floor of the Connell Student Center. Archived photo by Rose Scoggins

Drew Bryant, Contributing Writer

November 22, 2019

This is an opinion article. Any views expressed belong solely to the author and are not representative of The Cluster. Last spring, one of Mercer’s finest went on to graduate and begin the next chapter in his educational career in Rochester, New York, to pursue a PhD in chemistry. James Stair has lef...

Letter to the Editor: Faculty respond to Antonio Saravia’s debate points denying systemic racism

Professor Antonio Saravia (left) restates his argument as professor Chester Fontenot (middle) and student Genesis Cooper (right) listen.

November 22, 2019

This is a letter to the editor submitted by members of the faculty at Mercer University. It does not reflect the views of The Cluster, Mercer University or faculty members not listed. Dear Mercer Community, A recent campus debate presented opposing and forceful arguments about whether ‘social justice is just.’ The debate was intended to provoke conversation and to demonstrate the benefit of the university as a “marketplace of ideas.”...

Opinion: ADHD is more than a learning disability

Opinion: ADHD is more than a learning disability

Mandi DeLong, Staff Writer

November 7, 2019

This is an opinion article. Any views expressed belong solely to the author and are not representative of The Cluster. Most people dismiss attention deficit hyperactivity disorder as a learning disability or something that you “get over” after school. In reality, however, ADHD is actually a neurodevelopmen...

Tech Review: iOS 13 is underrated, and the iPhone 11 is confusing

The mobile Bear Card has previously only been available for Apple devices.

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor

October 26, 2019

"Slofies," upgraded cameras, Memojis and more: here's what you can expect from the latest season of Apple products.

Opinion: The Caf’s inconveniences outweigh its benefits

A student places food into a container at the Fresh Food Company.

Mandi DeLong, Contributing Writer

October 11, 2019

The inconveniences of the Caf are a lot more prevalent and make it a far less desirable place for lunch on campus.

Opinion: Blackfishing is an Instagram trend that needs to go

Opinion: Blackfishing is an Instagram trend that needs to go

Aliyah Dorsey, Lead Lifestyle Writer

October 10, 2019

My issue with blackfishing is that these models are clearly mimicking my culture for clout and money, when every time I perform my culture, it’s ridiculed and sometimes even criminalized.

Opinion: A new plan to address textbook prices head-on

Opinion: A new plan to address textbook prices head-on

Jacob Lugenbeel, Contributing Writer

September 27, 2019

I have concluded that the administration of Mercer University must take steps to reduce the price of textbooks that students are required to purchase for their classes. In particular, the University must institute a price limit on the books and materials that professors make mandatory. 

Opinion: Our Access & Accommodations office is not helping students

Graphic from Wikimedia Commons

Chas Pridgen, Copy Editor

September 27, 2019

Someone I am very close with went through the entire process to get accommodations for her disability. She turned her papers in and made plans to live off-campus at a doctor’s request. However, she never heard back from the office.

Opinion: Students need a more flexible drop/add period

Daniel Wilson and Emily Cadle study in the library.

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor

September 11, 2019

The specified period for dropping or adding a course at the start of the school year spans just four days, or two class meetings. How are we supposed to know whether we can manage our course load or handle a particularly challenging class when all we've done is read the syllabus?

Opinion: It’s time to change the rules about paying college athletes

There’s already a booming industry centered around college athletics, and the only people not making huge profits off of said market are the athletes themselves.

Micah Johnston, Contributing Writer

September 10, 2019

College sports are making more money than ever before. So why aren’t college athletes paid?

Opinion: An open letter to my Bear Card

Opinion: An open letter to my Bear Card

Caitlyn Patton, Layout Editor

August 15, 2019

The new digital student IDs promise convenience and greater ease of access, but why are they only available to Apple users?

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