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How a Mercer freshman balances college and an award-winning company

How a Mercer freshman balances college and an award-winning company

Sterling Neill

November 14, 2018


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Managing a small business, going to school, and having a social life is difficult. Luke Kolbie, owner of Kingfisher Leather Co. and Mercer freshman, said he believes that it is possible to manage all of these moving pieces in his life. “My strategy has been to go hard all week with school and busi...

Students, admin have mixed feelings on fall registration

Students, admin have mixed feelings on fall registration

Rylee Kirk and Emily Rose Thorne

November 14, 2018


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Student Body President Adam Penland and Vice President Shruthi Vikraman built their platform with a heavy focus on improving course registration, a process many students last year said was slow, complicated and frustrating. Penland said in an email to The Cluster before registration began that he expe...

How do Mercer University students vote?

How do Mercer University students vote?

Mahima Sultan

November 14, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

More college students are going to the polls than ever, but Mercer students turn out at higher rates than others schools, whether it be in person or through absentee ballots. In the 2016 election, Mercer had the highest student voter participation rate among NCAA Division 1 schools, according to a Me...

New Bill of Rights Eagle statue unveiled on campus

New Bill of Rights Eagle statue unveiled on campus

Rylee Kirk, Lead News Writer

November 14, 2018


Filed under Campus, News

This year, Homecoming festivities on campus included the unveiling of a new statue. The “Bill of Rights Eagle” by artist Gregg Wyatt now resides outside the first floor entrance of Tarver Library. “I’m extremely proud and honored. This is one of the high points of my career,” Wyatt said at the...

Mercer philosophy department introduces new class for spring 2019

Mercer philosophy department introduces new class for spring 2019

Natalie Yaeger

November 11, 2018


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The philosophy department at Mercer University will offer a new class this spring called “The Gods Must Be Crazy.” It seeks to combine philosophy, religion and different cultural stories from Hebrew, Hindu and Greek traditions from the late Axial Age and earlier in order to show how a common them...

A Need to Know Basis: Georgia Midterm Candidates

A Need to Know Basis: Georgia Midterm Candidates

Marianna Bacallao, Layout Editor

November 11, 2018


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The midterm elections will be held Nov. 6 in Georgia. Here’s a closer look at what each name on that ballot represents. The two leading candidates running for governor are Secretary of State Brian Kemp and House Representative Stacey Abrams. Economics Kemp and Abrams have both stressed the...

SGA discusses plans to update printing payment system in Tarver Library

SGA discusses plans to update printing payment system in Tarver Library

Kylie Brown

November 5, 2018


Filed under News, Student Government, Uncategorized

The Student Government Association (SGA) approved Bear Grants for several student organizations by unanimous consent Oct. 15, including the Aces Up Card Club, Bear it Naturally and the Public Heart Coalition. SGA also provided additional Conference and Lodging funding for the Model Arab League to at...

Trump endorses Georgia gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp in Sunday visit to Macon

Trump endorses Georgia gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp in Sunday visit to Macon

Emily Rose Thorne, News Editor

November 5, 2018


Filed under City, News, Showcase

United States President Donald Trump arrived at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport Nov. 4 to pledge support for Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp. The president said that Kemp’s opponent, Democratic Minority House Leader Stacey Abrams, would endanger the historically red state with s...

Mercer prepares for superhero-themed Homecoming Week

Mercer prepares for superhero-themed Homecoming Week

Rylee Kirk

November 4, 2018


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Mercer’s 2018 Homecoming week is shaping up to be a “super” event. The week of Nov. 2, student organizations will create teams and compete for the trophy in various events, such as a Halloween silent rave, trivia night and lip sync competition. The theme this year, Mercerians Unite, was ...

Mercer debate team faces Rwandan national team on topic of genocide

Mercer debate team faces Rwandan national team on topic of genocide

Rylee Kirk, Lead News Writer

November 3, 2018


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Mercer University’s debate team won against the national team of Rwanda Oct. 19. Junior Taylor Cole and Assistant Debate Coach Kyle Bligen debated against Kellia Kaneze and Mekha Rousseau as part of the Rwandan team’s American tour. The topic of the debate was “In the case of genocide, is fo...

How does Mercer decide when to cancel classes for inclement weather?

How does Mercer decide when to cancel classes for inclement weather?

Emily Rose Thorne, News Editor

November 3, 2018


Filed under News, Uncategorized

Hurricane Michael swept through Middle Georgia mid-October, prompting closures across the region. Mercer University announced Tuesday, Oct. 9 that undergraduate classes scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 10 would be rescheduled, but students at the Walter F. George School of Law a mile away were still expe...

ATO begins relief effort for victims of Hurricane Michael

ATO begins relief effort for victims of Hurricane Michael

Elizabeth Daniels

November 3, 2018


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In the wake of Hurricane Michael, several cities in the Florida panhandle are destroyed and many are still without power. The Alpha Zeta chapter of Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) at Mercer University seeks to offer help to those still in need. Jacob Pate, ATO vice president, said that after he and his broth...

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