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Letter to the Editor: Faculty condemn racial violence and police brutality and commit to anti-racism

The statement was written and overwhelmingly supported by the faculty of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Mercer University.

June 23, 2020

The statement was written and overwhelmingly supported by the faculty of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Opinion: Young female dance teams are unnecessarily sexualized

Opinion: Young female dance teams are unnecessarily sexualized

Mandi DeLong, Staff Writer

February 12, 2020

This is an opinion article. Any views expressed belong solely to the author and are not representative of The Cluster. I was at a basketball game a while back when a dance team of a bunch of adorable little girls performed at half-time. The oldest couldn’t have been more than seven, but the ma...

Opinion: The Women’s and Gender Studies major encompasses more than you think

Opinion: The Women's and Gender Studies major encompasses more than you think

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor

February 11, 2020

While it’s easy to write off WGS courses as “fluff,” that hasn’t been my experience. WGS is an interdisciplinary field of study that helps students understand how gender underlies all that we see and do.

Opinion: Creative careers are slept on

A student works on a painting.

Chance Allen, Staff Writer

January 30, 2020

Personally, I feel as though many families across generations take a wrong view in regard to creative careers. There’s a strong relation between risk-taking and any field that’s not directly “academic” per se. 

Opinion: How to understand Mercer’s Great Books program

A Great Books student's desk is covered with the books assigned in the first semester of the program.

Morgan Prillaman, Contributing Writer

November 24, 2019

This is an opinion article. Any views expressed belong solely to the author and are not representative of The Cluster. As Plato says, opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance, so I hope to bridge the gap between what Mercer students think they know about Great Books and what Great Books actually is t...

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. 

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