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Opinion: The college football system is a broken system

Opinion: The college football system is a broken system

Connor Cable, Staff Writer

January 31, 2018

Another year, another college football championship with an SEC team on top of the podium. I am not here to discuss the merits of SEC football because we all know they are good. The problem lies in the fact that this year, there were two SEC teams in the four-team college football playoff, and they...

Opinion: YouTube star showcases suicide

Youtuber Logan Paul speaks at New York Comic Con.

Lisa Meskimen, Contributing Writer

January 27, 2018

At the beginning of 2018, the popular YouTuber Logan Paul posted a video blog (vlog) of himself encountering a dead body in Japan’s Aokigahara forest, also known as the Suicide Forest. Paul, with over 15 million subscribers to his name, is a 22-year-old man whose YouTube channel description reads...

A Goodbye Letter to Target

Sophomore Makayla Brooks visits Target before its official close.

Kate Eckrote, Contributing Writer

January 20, 2018

Goodbye forever,, Target. It’s over. Done. You’ve given up on us, and I’m fine. Really, I’m not going to cry. Because you see, Target, I’m remembering things now. Without the diverting allure of your one-dollar section  or hypnotic glare of your fluorescent lights, I can  finally see cl...

Opinion: Is Greek life worth a life?

Members of the Panhellenic Council gather for a photo outside of the Student Union.

Lindsey Farni   , Contributing Writer

December 22, 2017

Recently, a dark shadow has been cast over Greek communities since the death of Maxwell Gruver at Louisiana State University. Gruver died in a fraternity house on Sept.14 following a night of hazing. According to Louisiana-based newspaper “The Advocate, ” Gruver had been part of a fraternity ha...

Opinion: What should we do about gun violence?

The rate of gun violence only continues to increase and it is unsettling that the most deadly shootings in American history only occur years apart. There is a clear gun violence issue, but the solution is not simple.

Jabril Edmondson, Staff Writer

December 15, 2017

According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been over 300 mass shootings in America in 2017 alone. A mass shooting is classified as a shooting where four or more people are killed or injured. These aren’t instances of happenstance, they are intentional and damaging. There is obviously an issue ...

Opinion: “It’s Okay to be White” posters displayed throughout the country

A college bulletin board.

Kianna Lanier, Contributing Writer

December 3, 2017

When has it been unacceptable to be white? The white population in America benefits from better education, higher income, lower unemployment rates, lighter criminal sentencing and many other privileges compared to those of blacks and Hispanics in America. In light of recent attempts to highlight these ine...

Opinion: I studied race and gender in Mercer athletics for my research class, here’s what I found

For her Feminist Research Practices course, Sophie Peel decided to research the mental wellness of athletes.

Sophie Peel, Contributing Writer

December 1, 2017

As with all communities, the athletic world is a jumbled pool of personalities, ethnic identities, competing morals, races, ideologies and voices. This column does not aim to expose and scold the athletic community for its wrongdoings; the athletic community merely works as a vehicle to observe and pos...

Opinion: Why gender-neutral housing should be available

Jonathan Morey and Logan Reiss hanging out in Porter lounge.

Aliyah Dorsey, Contributing Writer

November 8, 2017

A dorm is a student’s work space, most visited hangout and home away from home. However, for students who are trans and nonbinary, the dorm can also be a difficult place to live. Personally, I know several people who identify as genders other than male or female and some who don’t identify as ...

Opinion: Are movie theater prices getting too high?

Opinion: Are movie theater prices getting too high?

Connor Cable, Staff Writer

November 6, 2017

The month of October has seen the worst box office returns in 10 years. The Hollywood Reporter states that ticket sales will just miss reaching $560 million. The last time ticket sales in October have not reached $600 million, or even $700 million in sales, was 2007. How could this be? Have ticket sales finally...

Opinion: Girl Scouts is the best for girls

In Elementary School, Rylee's troop learned how to make pizzas at a local restaurant.

Rylee Kirk, Advertising Manager

November 2, 2017

When people think of Girl Scouts, they think of cookies. Their stomach grumbles, thinking of the delicious mint-chocolate flavor of a Thin Mint on their tongue. A Samoas’ caramel coconut scent fills their nose, but they do not think of the girls and women empowered by those cookies. My mother for...

Opinion: Is the banning of books in public schools the right thing to do?

Banned books in Vroman's Bookstore.

Connor Cable, Contributing Writer

October 26, 2017

Last week, the news broke that the Biloxi Public School System in Mississippi had decided to remove the classic American Novel, “To Kill A Mockingbird,” from its eighth grade curriculum. This is only the most recent case of a classic novel being banned from a school system; last year, Maya Angelou’s ...

Opinion: Crisis in Catalonia

Opinion: Crisis in Catalonia

Trevor Odom, Contributing Writer

October 19, 2017

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy summarized the crisis in Catalonia with, “There is no possible mediation between democratic law and disobedience or illegality.” For the past forty years, Catalonians have been engineering a break with Spain.  First they advocated for and were granted more a...

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