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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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A mall proposal: curfews for 16 and under

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New Jersey malls should keep the minors out: they are noisy, they are obnoxious, and they are responsible for a lot of thefts.  It is both annoying and distressing to observe a group of rowdy teens pushing and screaming at one another in the middle of a store, forming shady congregations around seating areas, and…

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How to fix Mercer’s visible ID tag policy

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According to page 44 of the current student handbook (you can find it on the MCCC website if you look hard enough), “Students must visibly display a valid MCCC ID at all times on campus.” Having an school ID card makes sense. Requiring that students display their ID visibly at all times, does not.  According…

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Limbaugh’s views on contraception are ridiculous

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While controversy over one aspect of the Obama administration’s contraception rule – whether and when religiously affiliated employers must comply – has dominated recent headlines, that debate has also recently turned an interesting and somewhat humorous corner. The most recent discussion has also suggested a tenuous grasp of the basics of contraception on the part…

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I lost 94lbs on Weight Watchers but now I have to go off campus to stay on track

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Since last April I have lost over 94 pounds using the Weight Watchers point system. The real challenge has been to find the right foods, ones that have a manageable number of points. This has become even more challenging whenever I have tried to find food in MCCC’s cafeteria. On a typical day this semester…

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