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

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.
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Opinion: The Caf’s inconveniences outweigh its benefits

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. 
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Opinion: Our Access & Accommodations office is not helping students

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.
Daniel Wilson and Emily Cadle study in the library.

Opinion: Students need a more flexible drop/add period

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

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

Micah Johnston, Contributing Writer September 10, 2019
College sports are making more money than ever before. So why aren’t college athletes paid?

Letter from Dean Pearson: What every student, faculty and staff should know about Mercer traditions this fall

Douglas Pearson, Vice President and Dean of Students August 17, 2019
In a letter to the editor, Vice President and Dean of Students Douglas Pearson encourages Mercerians to attend upcoming events this fall.
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?
Emily Rose spent most of her summer propping her Lofts door open with a shoe due to the broken Bear Card scanner on her door.

Opinion: The Lofts aren’t as luxury as they’d like you to think

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor August 14, 2019
Rent is $810 per month, not including utility fees or the security deposit. Despite the luxury price, Bear Card systems break and stay broken, the hallways are home to more than their fair share of bugs and — worst of all — the privacy you think you’re getting doesn’t materialize.
Opinion: How Victoria’s Secret shows why fashion needs to be more inclusive

Opinion: How Victoria’s Secret shows why fashion needs to be more inclusive

Aliyah Dorsey, Lead Lifestyle & Opinion Writer April 11, 2019

In 2018, Vogue Magazine published an article that featured an interview with the chief architects of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. In the article, chief marketing officer of L Brands, Ed Razek,...

Opinion: the rise and grind culture leads to a toxic mindset

Opinion: the rise and grind culture leads to a toxic mindset

Mandi DeLong March 27, 2019

It’s no surprise to anyone that our society fixates on toxic and bizarre habits, nor is there a lack of justified criticism of those habits. However, one new culture has been popular for a while and...

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