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Mercer Creative Writing alum, Elizabeth Tammi, pictured with her first novel, “Outrun the Wind.” Photo provided by Elizabeth Tammi.

Creative writing, creative futures: How to use a creative writing degree

Ivy Marie Clarke, Arts & Culture Editor April 22, 2021

Due to the attached Mercer School of Medicine and the outstanding reputation of the engineering department, it is unsurprising that a large percentage of the undergraduate student body at Mercer University...

Editors' Choice: Recommended reading from The Cluster’s editorial staff

Editors’ Choice: Recommended reading from The Cluster’s editorial staff

The Cluster Editorial Staff March 11, 2021
With all this beautiful spring weather we’ve been experiencing here in Macon, you may be looking for a good book to curl up with in the sunshine. Here are what some of our editors are reading.
Photo provided by Natalie Yaeger

New student organization tutors children in Ghana

Mandi DeLong and Lars Lonnroth February 7, 2021
A new student organization at Mercer is working to mentor children in villages around the world, seeking to help address poverty through providing education to low-income communities internationally.
Escaping reality, even just for a moment, through fiction

Escaping reality, even just for a moment, through fiction

Safia Serena Tejani, Contributing Writer September 28, 2020
When the onset of a pandemic brought the world to a halt, photographers around Mercer’s campus had to reimagine their work. While moving home and adapting to online classes, they changed their subjects and methods to still produce content.
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. 
The Dark Beneath the Ice, written by Amelinda Berube. Photo courtesy by GoodReads.

Review: “The Dark Beneath the Ice” is a terrifying and impressive debut

Elizabeth Tammi, Arts and Entertainment Editor September 6, 2018

Canadian author Amelinda Bérubé’s debut novel “The Dark Beneath the Ice” released on Aug. 7 from Sourcebooks Fire. This story falls under the young adult genre, geared towards a teenage audience...

Tonia Wilkes, who works dispatcher for Mercer Police, answers the phone to handle a student complaint. She said she tries to maintain a calm and soft tone whenever she answers the phone.

MerPo dispatcher writes book on ministry

Marin Guta, Digital Editor March 17, 2016

Tonia Wilkes faces high-stress situations working as a Mercer Police dispatcher, but her own life experiences have taught her how to cope with crisis. Wilkes opened up about the most difficult thing...


“The Girl on the Train” satisfies despite controversy

Conner Wood, Editor in Chief January 27, 2016

“The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins made it on my list for Santa this year, but not for reasons a sane person might suspect. Yes, the book will be made into a movie coming out in October, starring...

Patrick Rothfuss's The Name of the Wind defies fantasy tropes with an intense plot that will leave readers begging for more. 

Magic and suspense make “The Name of the Wind” an unforgettable fantasy

Parker Van Riper, Opinions Editor October 14, 2015

“The Name of the Wind,” an epic dark fantasy novel by author Patrick Rothfuss, is one of the greatest fantasy novels I have read to date. As the first of the trilogy “The Kingkiller Chronicle,”...

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