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Research that reaches out: Bank on Program

Research that reaches out: Bank on Program

Ruth Francis, Contributing Writer
January 29, 2016
Filed under Opinions

During the summer of 2015, I had the opportunity to participate in a focus group as part of the Bank on Program (B.o.P) initiated by Financial Management Association (FMA). The project was funded by Mercer’s “Research that Reaches Out” program. The B.o.P is an initiative by finance faculty and SSBE stu...

The natural look

The natural look

Marin Guta, Digital Editor
January 29, 2016
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I was mindlessly scrolling through my Facebook feed when I came a across a photo juxtaposing the before and after shots of a woman with and without makeup. In the first photo, the woman had flawless skin, heavy eye makeup and perfectly coiffed hair. In the second picture, the same woman sat in the swive...

A liberal in a den of conservatives

A liberal in a den of conservatives

January 29, 2016
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Editor’s note: With Donald Trump taking the lead in the Iowa over Ted Cruz, it appears his path to the Republican presidential nomination seems more plausible than ever. With this in mind, we published this firsthand account of the Trump rally that took place in Macon on Nov. 30, 2015. When I fo...

A new hope for inclusiveness in gaming

A new hope for inclusiveness in gaming

Carson McGorry, Copy Editor
December 3, 2015
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A bias towards white male characters is a well-documented reality in the mainstream video game industry. The all-too-common perception among executives at game publishing companies, such as Activision and Ubisoft, — that games featuring characters outside of the majority don’t sell — is reminiscent...

The “red cup” debate

The “red cup” debate

Katie Atkinson, Staff Writer
December 3, 2015
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Optimists see the cup as being half full.  Pessimists insist that it’s half empty.  Give the cup to an idiot, however, and they will be sure to discuss the religious implications of its decorations or lack thereof.  Yes I’m talking about Starbucks.  And when it comes to this topic, I wish we ...

Mercer education, worth the cost

Mercer education, worth the cost

Justin Baxley, Sports Editor
November 12, 2015
Filed under Cluster Editorial, Opinions

I pondered the question, “What do we actually pay for?” a lot after reading the article in The Cluster a few weeks ago. After searching, I believe I now have that answer. Though it is just an opinion, and I could be wrong, I will throw out a few facts to back up my argument. I realize that as ...

Thanksgiving: Exiled from the holiday season

Thanksgiving: Exiled from the holiday season

Gabriel Garcia, Contributing Writer
November 12, 2015
Filed under Cluster Editorial, Opinions

When I was about four years old, I learned that Christmas was actually a two month holiday which started on the first day of November — or at least that is what all of the stores and malls that I visited made me believe. It seems as if the jack-o-lanterns and ghosts on candy bags turn into Chr...

Thanksgiving: A day for mourning, not celebration

Thanksgiving: A day for mourning, not celebration

Meghan Duffey, Staff Writer
November 12, 2015
Filed under Cluster Editorial, Opinions

With Thanksgiving Day looming, we once again come to the same debate over whether or not it is morally correct to celebrate Thanksgiving.  Is it okay to celebrate the unfair treatment of Native Americans by our ancestors? Shouldn’t Thanksgiving, instead, be a day of remembrance and mourning? Ma...

Timothy Jones inspires journalism student

Timothy Jones inspires journalism student

Marin Guta, Digital Editor
November 7, 2015
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Cluster Editorial, Showcase

Timothy Jones, a blind musician at Mercer, leaves an impression on student reporter

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What is going on with the Republican campaign and the headlines?

What is going on with the Republican campaign and the headlines?

Elliot James, Staff Writer
October 29, 2015
Filed under Opinions

Much has been stirring in the media on what to make of the presidential race and the GOP candidates. This presidential election cycle seems to feel somewhat strange. In this race, so many calamities have been made over the Republican candidates that it has been increasingly harder to find out ab...

Controlling of Guns or Controlling of Human Rights

Controlling of Guns or Controlling of Human Rights

Sterling Neill, Staff Writer
October 29, 2015
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“There is a lot of talk now about metal detectors and gun control. Both are good things. But they are no more a solution than forks and spoons are a solution to world hunger,” said Anna Quindlen, influential journalist and writer. The controversial issue of gun control and gun rights has swept ...

Research that reaches out: More than white lab coats and test tubes

Research that reaches out: More than white lab coats and test tubes

October 29, 2015
Filed under Opinions

It used to be that whenever I heard the word “research,” I immediately pictured white lab coats, chemical-filled test tubes, and solitary hours spent running diagnostics. I pictured lonely, tedious research. My freshman year I decided I would under no circumstances participate in research during my time...

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