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Sanders vs. Clinton: The Facts

Sanders vs. Clinton: The Facts

Jordan Price, Contributing Writer
August 27, 2015
Filed under Opinions

One of the more interesting story lines thus far in the 2016 election cycle has been the emergence of Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont as Hillary Clinton’s main challenger in the Democratic primary. Sanders, a 73-year-old self-described socialist who is technically not a Democrat (rather, an independ...

Meet SGA’s President: Austin Harrison

Meet SGA’s President: Austin Harrison

Austin Harrison, SGA President
August 27, 2015
Filed under Opinions, Student Government

Hello new Mercerians! For those of you I haven’t had the privilege of meeting yet, my name is Austin Harrison, and on behalf of the Student Government Association (SGA), I’d like to extend the warmest of welcomes to you all. The student body is looking forward to seeing the positive change you bring t...

Bid Day Blitz

Bid Day Blitz

Jake Harvey, Contributing Writer
August 27, 2015
Filed under Opinions

On August 22, 2015, a ceremony was commencing in the Greek Village of the Mercer University campus known to the world as sorority bid day or girl’s bid day. Having never witnessed this ritual my previous year and hearing from everyone how incredible this event was, I decided that I should be privy ...

A Letter from the Editor: The Cluster is alive

A Letter from the Editor: The Cluster is alive

Conner Wood, Editor in Chief
August 14, 2015
Filed under Cluster Editorial, Opinions

If The Cluster were an independently-owned hotel, letters on the marquee would spell out an apology about the weeks our website was offline this summer and a banner would hang over the front entrance with the words ‘Under New Management.’ Thank goodness The Cluster is not an independently-owned...

What America can learn from India

What America can learn from India

Mary Lathem, Arts and Lifestyle Editor
August 14, 2015
Filed under Cluster Editorial, Opinions

There are two things America can learn from India. Just over two weeks ago, I returned from a trip that truly changed my perception of the world around me. My fellow Service Scholars and I spent three weeks in Kerala, India, where we had the unique opportunity to completely immerse ourselves...

The Price Checker: The Curious Case of Donald Trump

The Price Checker: The Curious Case of Donald Trump

Jordan Price, Contributing writer
August 14, 2015
Filed under Cluster Editorial, Opinions

Five months before the 2016 presidential primaries officially begin with the first votes in the Iowa caucus, the Republican Party has an unorthodox and unexpected front-runner. New York businessman Donald Trump, a billionaire real-estate mogul who has stamped his name on everything fr...

The price of being a woman

Amanda Barrentine, Business Manager
August 14, 2015
Filed under Cluster Editorial, Opinions

Editor’s Warning: The following may cause Bras. Tampons. Pads. Daintily scented deodorants and shampoos. All geared towards and priced for the female gender — all grossly overpriced. Zoey Freedman, a college student writ- ing for a paper much like the one you are holding now was r...

A New Foreign Policy

A New Foreign Policy

April 15, 2015
Filed under Atlanta, Opinions

Cultural relativism is the view that no culture is superior to any other culture when comparing systems of morality, law, politics, etc. It's the philosophical notion that all cultural beliefs are equally valid and that truth itself is relative, depending on the cultural environment.[1] During the 2...

"Dear White People": The SAE controversy

"Dear White People": The SAE controversy

Chelsey Guy
April 7, 2015
Filed under Cluster Editorial, Opinions

Earlier this month, the University of Oklahoma chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity placed itself in the national, controversial spotlight. In a video distributed on social media, members of the fraternity were caught on phone video singing, clapping and chanting, “You can hang them from...

The Ides of March (Sports Edition)

March 15, 2015
Filed under Atlanta, Opinions, Sports

Like it or not, many institutions in our daily lives are riddled with politics. It can be found in the darkest places: Bureaucracies, school systems, and the door down the hall from your office. Politics are also fond of places that act as a safety net: Hospitals, churches, and even family cookouts.   Politics...

The "Wussification" of America

The "Wussification" of America

March 15, 2015
Filed under Atlanta, Opinions

Last month, Vanderbilt University Men’s Basketball coach Kevin Stallings committed an “egregious” error in judgment. He publicly “ridiculed’ one of his players for engaging in unsportsmanlike conduct by telling the player he was going to “f---ing kill [him]”. Immediately, sports writers,...

Stop the measles by stopping misinformation

Carson McGorry
March 5, 2015
Filed under Cluster Editorial, Opinions

Over 150 people in the United States have contracted the measles since the start of 2015. 2014 saw nearly 650. When the medical community declared victory over the measles as an endemic disease in 2000, it didn’t foresee a social movement unraveling the decades of work just 15 years later. Vaccination...

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