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Presidential candidates financial aid proposals offer little comfort to current students

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As the presidential election cycle heats up, President Obama is campaigning on a promise to expand the scope of federal aid, while Mitt Romney platform seeks to decrease the cost of tuition, allowing students to afford schooling without the need for large loans and other aid. For Mercer students, any plan that helps them more…

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Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” document is a bad plan for college students

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Republican Vice Presidential hopeful Paul Ryan has created a document called “Path to Prosperity” in which he attempts to offer some plan to get America’s economy back on track. In the 99 pages of the document he presents elements of a plan, but it is a scary plan, one that is not good for actual…

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Mercer’s mandatory gym class is as patronizing as it is useless

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You know what I hate? Running at someone else’s behest. That’s why I can’t stand the HPE required credits. As a college student, I don’t need to pay 500 dollars for someone who grew up watching Gunsmoke to tell me to wear a condom and eat my veggies. If I haven’t figured it out by…

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New smoking ban: right spirit, wrong strategy

Note: This column is part of a point counterpoint debate regarding a new policy to ban smoking on campus. Click here to read the other half.  The good news is smoking has finally been banned from most indoor public places, which is a great start to preventing secondhand smoke, but what about the fresh air?…

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New smoking ban shows Mercer’s penchant for unenforceable policies

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Note: this column is part of a point counterpoint debate regarding the new policy to ban smoking on campus. Click here to read the other half. On March 29, the Student Government Association (SGA) held a meeting to address student concerns about the proposed campus wide smoking ban. Those who attended discovered that  there was…

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There is no room for community at Mercer

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A recent VOICE survey of 30 Mercer students found that only 43 percent felt like they were part of a community at the college. Fifty percent said they felt they had grown as human beings because of the socializing they have done here. By contrast, we conducted the same survey (this time with 35 respondents)…

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