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Here’s everything your sex ed class didn’t cover

Here’s everything your sex ed class didn’t cover

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief April 3, 2021

Well over half -- 65% -- of Americans have their first sexual encounter by the age of 18, according to reproductive rights group Guttmacher Institute. But in a country where high school sexual education...

Mercer students receive great stock market returns in 2021 amid GameStop craze

Mercer students receive great stock market returns in 2021 amid GameStop craze

Dean Yusuf, Staff Writer April 2, 2021

Since the start of 2021, multiple stock markets have seen rapid increases. The NASDAQ went up 43.64% from 2020, according to the NASDAQ composite index, which compiles almost all stocks listed on the NASDAQ...

Dean Douglas Pearson congratulates SGA President and Vice President Elects Rylan Allen and Natalie Yaeger.

BREAKING: Rylan Allen and Natalie Yaeger win SGA election

Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor March 30, 2021
SGA announced the result in the Connell Student Center lobby Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Election Marshall Jake McCarthy and current SGA President Savannah Lackey rolled out a banner with the results: 623 votes for Allen/Yeager and 411 for Bearden/Mills.
BREAKING: Macon campus accepting appointments for COVID-19 vaccine

BREAKING: Macon campus accepting appointments for COVID-19 vaccine

Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor March 29, 2021
Mercer University’s Macon campus received its first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a Monday night email from the Provost’s office. 
Contributing Writer for The Cluster Jaycie Calvert (left) meets with former American Marketing Association President Hailie Poppell (right).

American Marketing Association launches on-campus marketing agency 

Jaycie Calvert, Contributing Writer March 29, 2021

The Mercer chapter of the American Marketing Association has started a marketing agency called Ember Marketing, which is working with Macon businesses to give students real-world experience. Tammy Crutchfield,...

Rylan Allen (top right) is running for SGA President with vice presidential candidate Natalie Yaeger (top left). Ashton Bearden (bottom right) is running for SGA President with vice presidential candidate Caleb Mills (bottom left). Photos provided by the Allen/Yaeger and Bearden/Mills campaigns.

SGA Presidential Debate: A guide to candidates’ responses

Micah Johnston, Sports Editor March 29, 2021

Note: SGA Vice Presidential Candidate Natalie Yaeger is employed by The Cluster as the Lead Lifestyle & Opinion Writer. This does not contribute to or impact our coverage of her relating to the race. As...

Sports Editor Micah Johnston (left) was named the Outstanding Junior in Journalism and Nadia Pressley (right) was named the Outstanding Senior in Journalism at Honors Convocation March 26. Photo provided by Nadia Pressley

The Cluster’s News and Sports Editors earn university journalism awards

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief March 27, 2021

Members of The Cluster staff won departmental and university awards at Mercer University’s annual Honors Convocation Friday, including two journalism honors. News Editor Nadia Pressley was named the...

Army Spc. Angel Laureano holds a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., Dec. 14, 2020. Free for use photo by Lisa Ferdinando.

All Georgians now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine, Mercer Macon distribution remains unclear

Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor March 26, 2021
All residents of Georgia age 16 and over are eligible starting today to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, according to an announcement from Georgia Governor Brian Kemp. 
Presidential candidates Ashton Bearden and Rylan Allen and vice presidential candidates Kaleb Mills and Natalie Yeager participate in the SGA debate moderated by Mary Helene Hall.

SGA Presidential debate features student questions, in-depth discussion

Micah Johnston, Sports Editor March 26, 2021
Mercer’s Student Government Association held its 2021 Presidential Debate in the Connell Student Center Wednesday night at 7 p.m. The event featured discussions between presidential candidates Rylan Allen and Ashton Bearden and vice presidential candidates Natalie Yeager and Caleb Mills.
I tried no social media for a week

I tried no social media for a week

Ivy Marie Clarke, Arts & Culture Editor March 26, 2021

We live in the digital age. It is rare to come across someone who doesn’t have some form of social media. While apps like Instagram and Twitter can be useful for keeping us in touch with our loved ones,...

The most recent exhibit, TAUT, at the McEachern Art Center.

The roadmap to Macon art gallery hopping

Ivy Marie Clarke, Arts & Culture Editor March 25, 2021

Macon is known for nourishing several musical legends, including the Allman Brothers Band, Little Richard and James Brown. However, the visual arts are also blooming in the city, and you can find locations...

Alexus Goodrum's chest tattoo.

Tattoos and piercings: Decorations of the body and stories of the soul

Natalie Yaeger, Lead Lifestyle & Opinion Writer March 24, 2021

The true importance of art lies in its power to bring people together and tell a story. From the stunning paintings hanging in museums to the street art in Atlanta, art has power. In recent times, there...

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