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NJ’s strongest students invited to Trenton to witness vote to cut their funding

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Written by: Laura Pollack Student ambassadors from the nineteen community colleges in New Jersey gathered at the state house in Trenton on Monday, March 5 to watch legislators vote on bill A1176 which would drastically cut their scholarship funding once they transfer to four year colleges. The students, including three from Mercer, watched as state…

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J. Cole, David Rush and African rhythms inspire Alpha Diop’s music

Mercer student Alpha Diop, a Communications major from North Brunswick, NJ who goes by the stage name ADH, has been rapping for five years and has created and produced three mix tapes: “Tristate Dilemma,” “Stay in Good Company” and “I Am.” After “I Am,” he says that people became more aware of his work. He…

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Are Mercer students ready for inhaleable caffeine?

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Elissa Atabala, a first year Communications major and recent transfer from Texas, has found it difficult to fit all of her school work into her daily life. Early in her college career, she encountered family issues that affected her ability to study. “My grandmother was hospitalized while I was taking four classes. Everything seemed to…

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Mercer’s strongest students now have a place to study

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Two years ago Mercer’s Honors Lounge was forced out of its location in the Liberal Arts building to make room for the satellite office of William Paterson University. Space has been tight on campus, and Mercer’s best students did not have a specific study area for several semesters. As of February 8, a new Honors…

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With gay marriage veto Christie puts equal rights up for vote

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On Thursday, February 16, NJ’s Assembly passed a bill with a vote of 24-16, to legalize same sex marriage statewide. Governor Chris Christie, as promised, vetoed the bill shortly after it arrived in his office. Some do not believe that Christie vetoed the bill due to his being anti-gay, but because of his political ambitions…

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Students see advantages in eBook readers

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Nick Occhipenti couldn’t wait any more for his Consumer Orientation textbook to arrive at Mercer’s bookstore. “Every time I went back, they were out.” So he decided to forgo not only the bookstore, but the print edition altogether. Occhipenti downloaded a digital edition of the text from Amazon.com’s Kindle market, and in doing so, not…

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