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Student spends break in Saudi Arabia

Student spends break in Saudi Arabia

Laurel McCormack

February 8, 2011

Several days after Christmas, I boarded a Saudi Arabian Airlines plane with a black abaya and hijab in my carryon.  I left behind a handful of worried, but curious relatives and friends, and one can hardly blame them. In America, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is often portrayed as a backwards, authoritar...

Features implemented so far

clewis

February 8, 2011

We made significant progress on MercerCluster.com today. We integrated Twitter into the site, created new domain-specific email accounts and uploaded print edition PDFs using Issuu.com. We've done all this by paying no more than $100 for a year's worth of web hosting and domain registration. And although...

Major spotlight: Political science

Major spotlight: Political science

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February 7, 2011

Given the current tense national political atmosphere, The Cluster decided to spotlight a department that teaches students to analyze and understand our country’s government. We sat down with a power-couple studying political science, Liz Bibb and Gene Mitchell. C: Why did you choose political sc...

“Old School, New Media” explained…

“Old School, New Media” explained…

clewis

February 6, 2011

As the breeding ground of legendary newspapermen like Jack Tarver, Buford Boone and Reg. Murphy, Mercer has a long tradition of strong journalism. Pretty soon, we'll be finally catapulting that tradition headfirst into the digital age with a transition that has been long overdue. We're just three days away from deb...

What's Your Major: Sociology

Brittany Dant

February 5, 2011

Sociology majors graduate from Mercer not only with a sociology degree, but also with a better understanding of the social world. “Sociology is the study of human behavior and groups while providing for an understanding of how institutions and societies work,” said Fletcher Winston, professor of...

‘Mercer Cribs’: old house, creaky or haunted?

‘Mercer Cribs’: old house, creaky or haunted?

Alicia Landrum

February 5, 2011

    “Welcome,” said CJ Akins as he opened the front door to his house-turned-apartment building on Thursday afternoon. The first thing one sees after walking into the house is a small, beautifully decorated foyer. On one side is the door to Akins’ apartment; on the other is the door to his h...

SHAPE begins preparation for carnival in March

SHAPE begins preparation for carnival in March

February 1, 2011

Mercer University’s Sexual assault, Hazing and Alcohol Prevention Education committee will hold an information meeting today at 4:30 p.m. in the Connell Student Center, Conference Room 2, to discuss the upcoming carnival in March. Any organization interested in hosting a booth at the carnival should...

Anonymous $1.5 million donated to Mercer med school

Anonymous $1.5 million donated to Mercer med school

Brittany Dant

January 31, 2011

President William D. Underwood announced on Jan. 11 that a $1.5 million donation from an anonymous source will benefit Mercer University’s School of Medicine. The $1.5 million gift was given to the university to fund an endowed chair in the School of Medicine to honor Dr. Rufus C. Harris, Mercer’s...

Professors sitting in a tree

Professors sitting in a tree

Kathleen Quinlan

January 31, 2011

Every Feb. 14, everything is covered in pink and red and we are told to tell our significant others we love them. But we all know Valentine’s Day is a holiday created by the greeting card companies who exploited Geoffrey Chaucer’s association of love with the feast-day of a martyred Saint Valentine so tha...

Phi Delta Theta to become ‘Iron Phis’

Phi Delta Theta to become ‘Iron Phis’

January 31, 2011

Brothers of the Georgia Gamma Chapter of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity will be participating in Iron Phi, a race to benefit the fight against ALS on Feb. 13, at the Mercedes Marathon in Birmingham, Ala. Adam Lewis, a brother of Phi Delta Theta and a runner in the event, said, “I wanted to be an Iron...

Breaking New Year resolutions

Breaking New Year resolutions

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January 31, 2011

New Year’s Day is viewed as a fresh start, a chance to begin again, so people make big com- mitments to themselves about things like getting healthier or more organized. But why do we promise ourselves things we can’t, and don’t, keep? This year, instead of making resolu- tions of grandeur, let’s...

Avoiding bookstore horrors

Avoiding bookstore horrors

Brittany Dant

January 31, 2011

It is the beginning of the new semester, but you find you have the same stress that al- ways accompanies the start of school: the overarching search for textbooks. From the Medical School to the Law School, one of the things that affect all Mercerians is the stress of finding and buying textbooks...

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