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The Cluster MERCERCLUSTER.COM Mercer University

August 15, 2012


Volume XCV

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Welcome class of 2016

News GREEK ORGANIZATIONS PREPARE FOR NEW CLASS The National Panhellenic Council, the Interfraternity Council and the National PanHellenic Council make up Mercer’s Greek Life and prepare for upcoming recruitment Full story on Page 4

Local FAVORITE MACON SPOTS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW Incoming and returning students frequently venture off campus to many Macon local businesses. These restaurants are among Mercerian’s favorites. Full story on Page 6

Features HOW TO TACKLE COLLEGE WITH TIME MANAGEMENT With classes around the corner, there are several tips and tricks to keep organized. Full story on Page 7

Entertainment STUDENTS RATE THE SUMMER’S TOP MOVIES The Cluster staff gives their opinions on movies including The Dark Night Rises, Step Up Revolution and Brave. Full story on Page 9

Sports FALL SPORTS SEASON PREVIEW AND SCHEDULES With men’s soccer, women’s soccer, volleyball and cross country beginning their competitive seasons, all teams have begun pre-season preparations. Full story on Page 10

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By Katherine Manson Editor-in-Chief

Mercer University will welcome the incoming Class of 2016 as the majority of incoming students will begin to move in to their dorm rooms on Aug. 18. In order to aid the freshman class with transitioning from high school to college, Bear Beginnings is organized to give the incoming students and their families an enjoyable and stressfree experience. The incoming Class of 2016 is expected to have more than 650 students. “Bear Beginnings is a first-year student’s first few days as a Mercer Bear,” said Amanda Carls, coordinator of new student programs. “Not only will they meet members from the incoming Class of 2016, but they will

also experience support in their transition to Mercer as our Peer Advisors, faculty and staff introduce them to academics, campus life and the Mercer community.” Move-in will begin at 9 a.m. and last the majority of the day as students prepare their college homes in Mary Erin Porter Residence Hall Complex, Plunkett Hall and Roberts Hall. As a Mercer tradition to welcome the new students and their families, Mercer Movers will assist with the moving process. Mercer Movers consists of student and faculty volunteers who help move boxes and furniture from incoming student’s vehicles to their rooms. Following move-in, incoming student and their families are invited to have refreshments with Toby, the University’s beloved bear mascot, in the University Center. The event will last from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Tot, the female mascot, will also be present to

Mercer Athletics expects successful seasons with new coaches, renewed staff contracts By Katherine Manson Editor-in-Chief

The success of Mercer Athletics is proven through the work ethic and commitment of the coaches, who mold and guide their players. This summer, the Athletics Department has been preparing for many successful athletic seasons by renewing the contracts of both Baseball Head Coach Craig Gibson and Basketball Head Coach Bob Hoffman. In addition, Mercer Athletics recently hired Kyle Hannan to be the head Mercer Lacrosse coach. Gibson agreed to terms on the renewed contract extension through 2017 after finishing his ninth season coaching for the Bears. With a 277233 all-time record at Mercer, Gibson is the second coach with the most wins in Mercer’s baseball history. This spring, the Bears were led to a 38-21 overall record and attended the Atlantic Sun Tournament for the seventh year in a row. “I am excited to get this deal done with Craig because he exemplifies the commitment to academic and athletic excellence that Mercer stands for,” said Jim Cole, director of athletics. “Craig is the ideal leader of our baseball program for the future and I would be proud to have my own son play for someone of his character.” Over Gibson’s last three seasons as head coach, he has led the Bears with a

“Craig is the ideal leader of our baseball program for the future and I would be proud to have my own son play for someone of his character.” Jim Cole, Director of Athletics

115-65 record marking the program’s best three year run. The success over the last three years with 115 wins places the bears at the 29th in the nation. Gibson graduated from Mercer in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and recreation.

While at Mercer, Gibson was a fouryear member of the baseball team where he received the 1985 Atlantic Sun Player of the Year award after his junior season. Gibson also received his master’s degree in social science from Mercer in 1988. In addition, Mercer’s Men’s Basketball Head Coach Bob Hoffman was rewarded after last year proved to be the most successful men’s basketball season in Mercer’s history. Hoffman’s new five-year contract will lead him to continue his head coach position through the 2016-2017 season. “Bob has done a tremendous job taking the men’s basketball program to new heights,” Cole said. “We were proud to extend this offer and look forward to the team’s continued success on and off the court.” The Bears previous season was one to set records as they won the Tournament championship and finished their season with a 27-11 overall record. That season record established the program record for single-season wins. Hoffman holds a 75-61 as head coach since beginning in the 2008-2009 season. The Men’s Basketball team has qualified for the Atlantic Sun Championships all four years he has coached for Bears. Hoffman’s 75 wins in four seasons holds the program-best win total over a four-year period.


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meet the new Mercerians. Families and their students are able to have their photos taken and framed as a gift to remember the first day of college. Students are also able to receive a free Class of 2016 t-shirt for the class photo at this event. New Mercerians will need their class t-shirts at the welcome ceremony that will take place in the University Center Hawkins Arena at 2:30 p.m. Here, the students will learn the Mercer fight song as well as other Mercer traditions and take a class photo. As a part of the first day of Bear Beginnings, students will meet with their orientation groups otherwise known as “o-groups” and meet their peer advisor and resident assistant. The weekend following move-in day consists of many activities for freshmen to keep busy and meet a variety of people. Freshman favorites include the street carnival on Aug. 19 from 8-10 p.m. on Porter Patch. The

traditional event includes a DJ, karaoke and inflatable games. On Aug. 20, the Class of 2016 will participate in one of their first Mercer traditions as they attend their first Convocation. Convocation will take place in Willingham Hall from 2-3:30 p.m. The traditional academic ceremony will end with the students signing the Class of 2016 banner. Following Convocation is Bear Fair, an event where new students can meet various student organizations on campus and learn how they can become involved. “Students enjoy the orientation programming, especially the Sunday Night street party, pizza party, Bear Fair, New Student Convocation, time with O-groups and meeting future friends and classmates,” said Carls. Bear Beginnings will commence with “Ice Cream with the Underwoods” on Porter Patch from 6-8 p.m. with the Underood family.


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Mercer University has seen several construction projects that have been continually progressing throughout the summer months. The Tony and Nancy Moye Family Football and Lacrosse Complex has undergone much change. The turf was placed this summer and the field house is scheduled to be completed in September.

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U.S. Women’s Soccer: Gold and a bust By Cecilia Villagomez Opinions Editor e-mail opinions@mercer

I became enamored with the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) when they won over the hearts of many during a miraculous win over Brazil in the 2011 Women’s World Cup. Unfortunately the USWNT lost in the finals against Japan in penalty kicks. Despite the loss, the USWNT was greeted with a warm welcome and a spike in nationwide interest in women’s soccer. I have always been upset with the way people view women’s soccer. Many times women soccer players are seen as weaker, slower and unable to keep up with male soccer players. I disagree to a degree. I don’t enjoy watching some of the men’s professional soccer games because they can become very melodramatic. Half the time they throw themselves on the ground asking for a noncall. If you see a female player doing that on the field they get chastised. It’s almost expected that women should have the “male” mentality when they get hurt on the field. A common phrase among my teammates when we get knocked around or cut up is, “Be a man. Rub some dirt in it!” And we get back up running. Men are allowed to take their time getting up without being seen as weak to onlookers. The expectations for behavior create an unequal playing field that demeans the quality of women’s professional soccer. I do admit that women’s soccer is a slower pace, but that does not take away from the drama that ensues when the USWNT steps

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The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team celebrates after Carli Lloyd scored. Lloyd scored both goals in the 2-1 Victory over Japan in the Olympic final, securing a gold medal for the U.S.

on the field -- buckle up, it’s going to be a bumpy ride. In the Olympic qualifying games, the US Men’s team fell short and was unable to qualify, but the US Women’s team came out undefeated. I watched every single game that I could and I was never disappointed. Once the Olympics started I planned my schedule around every single Women’s soccer match, especially the USWNT’s games. The USWNT won a gut wrenching, emotional, yet exhilarating semi-final match against Canada that secured the US a spot in the finals, a rematch against Japan – the reigning world champions. We defeated Japan 2-1 and received Gold, the third consecutive Olympic Gold in women’s soccer. However, back in May, the Women’s Professional Soccer league announced a permanent

suspension of operation for the upcoming season. According to the WPS press release, the league had put too much money into legal issues. The highly unprofessional team manager of MagicJack filed suit against the league and the WPS did not have the funds to support a counterattack and run the league at the same time. They also didn’t want to run the risk of working with him during the season and regretfully saw no other way out of their situation. ??? I hate that some team managers feel the need to power play even when they are in a position of power. Not only does it hurt the image of US Women’s soccer, but it also hurts the players. A comment was made in an ESPN article that the suspension of the professional league was positive because it provides the USWNT

more time to play together, but I think that’s a poor response to this inherent problem. The USWNT made a name for Women’s soccer and I find the fact that they doesn’t have a professional league to come home to insulting. Our national team is doing something wonderful for the sport of soccer and they have no way of keeping the interest alive outside of National games. Fortunately, there is talk of the formation of a new league in the Spring of 2013. For now I will grumble about not being able to watch Atlanta Beat games, the local WPS team, and be content with watching the USWNT whenever I can. Comments on this opinion can be sent to

A case of kidney compensation, potential monetary rewards for organ donations By Alex Lockwood Contributing Writer e-mail david.a.lockwood

While paying the tab during Whi most recent visit to Franmy m car’s, I happened to notice a small stack of business cards that proclaimed, “Clarence Walker Needs a Kidney.” I Walk picked one up as I left and read picke more. Says Mr. Walker, “I am more married father of 3 beautiful a mar young ladies. Also, I have 2 youn grandkids that I would like to grand see ggrow up, graduate, and get married someday. I pray that marri someone will step forward some and hhelp me.” He desperately holds on to hope that he will the kidney he needs. But get th the ccards are stacked against him. Though we might like to beTho lieve that the charity in our society is sufficient to save socie Mr. Walker’s W life, the soberis that he is one of ing reality re thousands of Americans on the thous growing waiting list for kidgrow neys who don’t stand a chance without a miracle. witho According to recent data Acc available online from the availa U.S. Department of Health Human Services, the rate and H kidney failure has roughly of ki quadrupled over the past three quadr decades, and the shortage of decad donated organs has become donat more pronounced as the need has exploded. for kidneys ki In 2010, 2 more than 34,000 peopl people joined the waiting list (whic (which exceeds 100,000), and fewer than 17,000 received a kidney. Because of the shortkidne age, an average of 17 Americans die each day while waiting fo for an organ – and several more become too sick to receive a transplant, even if it were available. All the while, quality of life for those who remain on the list are seriously impaired. Clarence Walker himself has waited on the list for 3 years and must live with the burden of dialysis 3 times each week. But wait. How can this be? Millions of Americans have two good kidneys, and only one is necessary for the body to adequately filter blood. In our “civil” society, how can we sit back and watch as people die for no good reason

at all? Why, you ask, aren’t enough people giving out of the goodness of their hearts? The answer is obvious: People aren’t willing to bear the costs of donation without compensation. And, since 1984, compensation for organ donation has been against the law in the U.S. While you and I might feel compelled to do a good deed and donate a kidney to a stranger, it would almost certainly be irrational for us to do so in the absence of compensation. We simply can’t afford to take weeks to a month away from our studies or work, much less bear the burden of the health risks associated with surgery and a future with only one kidney. It is clear that altruism alone is not enough. Something must be done. In my opinion, we should move to legalize compensation. If we harness aspects of the market mechanism, certainly the kidney shortage will be history. We should learn from Iran (yes, Iran!) – the only nation in the world where kidneys can be bought and sold legally; there, waiting lists are a thing of the past. Immediately, though, rows of well-meaning but misguided critics line up in outrage to voice their concerns and shout “ethics violation” at the top of their lungs. Many claim that legalization will result in the “commodification” of human life or that it will undermine the altruism present in our current system. Maybe those claims have some truth to them, but isn’t it a far worse crime to let people die when we could easily save them? Still other opponents will make the common claim that legalizing would exploit the poorest members of our society – that those who need the money most would be “forced” to sell a kidney. My response to this objection is two-pronged. First, by criminalizing compensation in the U.S. as we currently do, we are already fueling the exploitation of people …just not in America. The age-old economic truth is that black markets will emerge where the government attempts to stamp

out trade. It really shouldn’t come as a surprise that more and more people are travelling to developing countries to receive organ transplants from the poor through what has been termed “medical tourism.” If anything deserves to be called exploitation this is it. Secondly, I would suggest that those who advocate restricting the abilities of the poor to sell their kidneys are actually insulting them by inherently claiming that financial need would prevent them from balancing the costs and benefits to make a rational decision on their own (assuming informed consent). Yes. There are many unanswered questions, and I readily admit that I don’t know exactly what an America with legalized compensation for kidneys would look like. Of course I realize that many people don’t view completely free markets as a feasible solution. To be more realistic, maybe our society can find compromise and develop a creative solution. One potential idea is to have a government-run system in which donors are compensated with tax credits, tuition vouchers for children, or contributions to retirement accounts (not immediately accessible

cash) and transplants are provided to all people equally on the basis of need. It could be shown that the costs associated with this form of government intervention would be less than or equal to the amount that taxpayers already contribute for Medicare to cover the dialysis costs of those remaining on the waiting list. Even I might view this as an improvement. The unequivocal bottom line is that donor compensation of some sort is necessary to fix the problem that we face. If we begin to consider that donors are really not much different than the policemen and firemen whom we praise for taking on risks for the benefit of our communities, then we might start viewing compensation as beneficial. Maybe instead of blaming God for the suffering and pain that persist in the world, we can take some responsibility for the injustice before us and use the brains that God gave us to find a workable solution. The lives of countless Americans like Clarence Walker depend on it.

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News Editor Kaitlin Marrin

SGA Paints the Town Orange By Kaitlin Marrin News Editor

Mercer’s Student Government Association has taken an active role in initiating two new programs for students to become involved in for this upcoming semester. The first initiative is a motivation program partnering with Mercer’s Athletics Department. Though the program is still being finalized some of the details include a pointsbased incentive for students to encourage them to attend athletic games and events. The second is a collaboration between Mercer students and businesses in College Hill and downtown areas. The initiative is cleverly titled Paint the Town Orange and stems from last semesters SGA Presidential race where elected President and Vice President, Mollie Davis and Josh Lovett, proposed a

plan to create jobs and internships for students amongst local businesses. “In essence, SGA is going out on behalf of students to businesses and explaining the benefits of hiring students and how to hire students through Career Services. In addition, we ask that applicable businesses offer deals or discounts to Mercer students. In return, SGA will list and market these “Mercer friendly” business on our Facebook and our website,” explained Davis. When businesses sign up, SGA provides them with Mercer gear, including team schedules, posters, etc., so that they can show support for the Bears in their place of business. These businesses will also place the SGA decal in their storefront windows to show the community their support of Mercer. SGA is partnering with College Hill, the Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Macon, Unity-N-Community, and other existing avenues to

“In essence, SGA is going out on behalf of students to businesses and explaining the benefits of hiring students through Career Services. In addition, we ask that applicable businesses offer deals or discounts to Mercer students. In return, SGA will list and maeket thes “Mercer Friendly” business on our Facebook and our website.” Mollie Davis, President of SGA

get the word out to local businesses that wish to participate. At this time, 10 businesses have registered and pledged to post over a dozen jobs and in-

ternships in fields like graphic design, marketing, journalism/ photography, business management, accounting, and music venue promotion. Paint

The Town Orange is in its initial stages but has already confirmed partnerships with the Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority, Saturna & Company (a CPA firm), the 567 Center for Renewal (a multifaceted non-profit downtown), DonSon Productions (a custom laser-engraving business), 11th Hour and other local businesses. SGA has taken the steps to ensure the program’s sustainability and growth by working with Mercer’s business school to create a service-learning course that will market the program throughout Macon and on campus. “Josh and I are both in the class and will work closely with that team of students to ensure that we create as many opportunities as possible for students,” said Davis. The program will be formally announced August 23 at a press conference with Mayor Reichert and Mike Dyer, the president of the Chamber of Commerce.

“We are very excited about the potential of this program to create a sustainable connection between Mercer students and the Macon community. In the long run, we would love to see students living and working in Macon after graduation. As Mercerians, we have so much to offer the local community; it’s just about matching Macon’s needs with Mercer’s abundant resources, namely its educated, service-oriented, vibrant student body,” said Davis. For more information on the Paint the Town Orange initiative you can e-mail the address paintmaconorange@gmail. com. SGA is a body of elected representatives that connect Mercer’s administration with the student population. The Senate body meets weekly to discuss issues and pass legislation to enhance student life on campus. Meetings are held every Monday at 5:30 pm in Conference Room II of the Connell Student Center.

Meet your president: Get to know William D. Underwood By Kaitlin Marrin News Editor

In preparation for a new year, The Cluster has asked Mercer’s President William Underwood a few questions. Cluster: How long have you been President at Mercer? Underwood: I began July 1, 2006. This is my seventh year. Cluster: What attracted you to Mercer? Underwood: Mercer has great students and a great academic reputation. My predecessor, Dr. Kirby Godsey, was also a great recruiter. He very effectively made the case that Mercer is a special place with the potential to accomplish things in the lives of students that could not be accomplished elsewhere. Cluster: What does the ‘D’ in William D. Underwood stand for? Underwood: David. Cluster: Describe a typical work day. Underwood: Fortunately, there is no typical day. Among my favorite things about being president is that each day presents new and sometimes unanticipated opportunities and challenges. Cluster: Favorite memory at Mercer? Underwood: I’ve got many great memories, but my favor-

ite recent memory is of Mercer Village packed with several hundred students and alums watching outdoors on a giant screen television as Mercer defeated Utah State for last year’s CIT championship. Cluster: What is your choice restaurant in Macon? Underwood: Macon is fortunate to have many really good restaurants, including all the restaurants in Mercer Village. My favorite is the Tic Toc Room, which is located downtown. Cluster: If you could have any other job, what would it be? Underwood: I’ve never thought about this. When I was a courtroom lawyer, I loved that job and thought I would never do anything else. Then I became a law school professor, and loved that job. I love my current job as well. When my time as president is complete, I will probably return to teaching law school. Cluster: There have been some significant improvements on campus over the last few years, including the new Mercer Village and the football stadium, how important was the implementation of these factors for the future of Mercer? Underwood: I think these changes have been necessary to create an even more vibrant learning environment at Mercer, something necessary if we are to continue attracting

talented students, faculty and staff. Mercer is rapidly becoming known as one of the most vibrant and energetic universities in the Southeast, which is a very good thing. Cluster: Where do you see Mercer ten years from now? Underwood: I see Mercer becoming nationally recognized among the premier private research universities in the Southeast – recognized as a place with an intensive focus on every student being engaged in empowering and inspiring learning experiences. Cluster: What has been your greatest accomplishment at Mercer thus far? Underwood: Presidents often get credit for accomplishments that are really the work of others. I am proud of many things that have been accomplished by members of the Mercer community over the past six years, but I am probably most proud of the Mercer on Mission program, which offers an unrivaled and life changing learning experience for students. Dr. Craig McMahan has done extraordinary work in leading this program, and many of our faculty members have been engaged in developing exceptional learning experiences for students, combining study abroad, service learning, and research in ways that are unique to Mercer. Cluster: What are your hobbies and interests? Underwood: I enjoy reading,

especially good fiction and history. I’m also very competitive, so I like sports. I’m a fan of the Mercer Bears and the New York Yankees. Cluster: What does it mean for you to actually live on campus? What are the advantages? Any disadvantages? Underwood: There’s always something interesting going on within walking distance – intercollegiate athletics contests, concerts, theatre productions, and provocative lectures. Also, the UC is nearby, as is my favorite coffee shop – Jittery Joes. Cluster: Mercer has been stepping it up in sports, what are your expectations for this season? Underwood: Our men’s basketball team will be favored to win the conference and represent Mercer in the “Big Dance,” following last year’s 27-11 season and CIT championship. Our baseball team will likewise be favored to win the conference. Our women’s basketball team will surprise people this year. And several of our other teams are poised to make major strides this season as well. Cluster: What are you looking forward to this year at Mercer? Underwood: I always look forward to students returning and the campus coming alive. We have a very strong class of entering students this year. I’m also looking forward to seeing

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President Underwood has held his title at Mercer since 2006. the completion of the footballyou offer freshmen? lacrosse complex, the opening Underwood: The same adof the Center for Collaborative vice I gave my son when he Journalism, and completion of began college last year. You the Emily Parker Myers Welonly get to do college once. come and Admissions Center. Squeeze all you can out of the The CCJ is the single most experience. Take advantage exciting initiative currently of all that college has to ofunderway in the field of jourfer. Study hard. Think about nalism. I’m proud that Mercer the great questions. Learn is taking the lead nationally in everything you can. Get to developing a new model for know your professors. And preparing future generations take time to be involved with of journalists that emphasizes student life, religious life, athexperiential learning in the letics, music, and theatre. But digital age. also get some sleep. Cluster: What advice would

CCJ recieves $1 million grant to fund the center’s newsroom By Patrick Hobbs Design Editor

Kaitlin Marrin / Cluster Staff

The new Center for Collaborative Journalism is set to open to students next week. In the mean time a $1 million grant has been given to the center for an innovative newsroom.

The Peyton Anderson Foundation awarded $1 million on July 29 to the University’s Center for Collaborative Journalism to help fund a newsroom in Phase II building of The Lofts. The newsroom, which occupies about half of the ground floor, will be named the Peyton Anderson Newsroom in honor of the Foundation’s founder. “The trustees are especially pleased to be working alongside the Knight Foundation to support the establishment of the new Center for Collaborative Journalism at Mercer University,” Karen Lambert, president of the Peyton Anderson Foundation said. “The decision of the University to name the Center’s newsroom for Peyton Anderson seems a fitting tribute to Mr. Anderson, who was the face of journalism for many years in this region and whose generosity will continue to make Macon and institutions within Macon, such as Mercer University, stronger for years to come.” The Peyton Anderson Newsroom will be primarily used for

Macon’s newspaper, The Telegraph. The Telegraph’s staff began moving into the newsroom August 14. The Center for Collaborative Journalism is a partnership between Mercer’s Journalism and Media Studies Departments, The Telegraph and Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB). The Center for Collaborative Journalism employs a model similar to a teaching hospital. Student journalists and media studies majors will work and study along side professionals from GPB and The Telegraph. Within the Peyton Anderson Newsroom, journalism and media studies students from Mercer will experience a realworld newsgathering. The money from the Peyton Anderson Foundation will be used to give students and professionals access to a high-tech working environment. Once established, the Center for Collaborative Journalism will reach out to engage the community in an unprecedented public forum. A pilot program of the center will be a thorough student-led coverage of the Macon Miracle and its effects on the community. The Center’s facility will also include classrooms and offices for Mercer’s Journalism and

Media Studies Department. Journalism and Media Studies students have first pick for housing in the level above the center. “Even with all of the communication tools available, there is no substitute for faceto-face collaboration,” Tim Regan-Porter, the center’s director, said “Having students work and study in a daily newsroom fosters an energy, creative spirit and real-world knowledge acquisition that we believe will benefit students, The Telegraph, GPB and the community.” The $1 million from the Peyton Anderson Foundation is being awarded in addition to the $4.6 million the University received from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. “We are deeply grateful to the trustees of the Peyton Anderson Foundation for funding the Center’s Peyton Anderson Newsroom, a key component of this nationally significant initiative in journalism education and community engagement,” Mercer President William D. Underwood said. “These two foundations have made it possible to launch the Center in new facilities designed to take full advantage of this unique partnership.”


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News Editor Kaitlin Marrin

Greeks prepare for recruitment By Kaitlin Marrin News Editor

Here come the Greeks! That’s right, next week begins the annual tradition of recruitment amongst the 17 International Greek Organizations. The Greek Community has been a tradition at Mercer since 1869 and currently comprises 26 percent of the student population. The Greeks consist of three governing councils, the National Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, and the National Pan-Hellenic Council. Recruitment is a process that happens all year for all councils to bring in new members to the organization. Formal recruitment is a period during the year where IFC and Pan chapters conduct a formal process to recruit new members. IFC has a schedule of events for potential new members and chapters also schedule informal events. NPHC has a new member informational week (Sept 10-15) and an Intake Process. The National Panhellenic Council consists of four sororities at Mercer, Chi Omega, Phi Mu, Alpha Delta Pi and Alpha Gamma Delta. The recruitment process is a series of formal events that are run by the Panhellinc Council, a group of representatives comprised from the four sororities. These events allow potential new members (PNMs) to learn more about the Greek community, sorority life and individual sorority members. “It is a week long, with three main evening events during which you will be entertained, laugh, meet new people and have fun,” said Cindy Drury, advisor for the Panhellenic Council. During recruitment there a quite a few rules that sorority members have to adhere to. “We have a document called the Formal Recruitment Guidelines that outlines all of these rules and guidelines. These rules are in place to make sure that every chapter displays and encourages virtuous behavior, thorough cooperation, honesty, and fairness,” said Drury. Those going through recruitment most also adhere to a few technical rules, which are

explained during Information Night on Tuesday, Aug. 21. To help assist with the decision making process the Panhellenic Council trains a group of women, known as Pi Chis, for the purpose of providing a more enjoyable and less stressful atmosphere during membership recruitment week. All Pi Chis remain disaffiliated during recruitment week. Disaffiliation enables Pi Chis to answer questions and guide potential members without bias or preference to a particular chapter. “Your Pi Chi will provide information about the week, accompany you to recruitment week functions, and provide a listening ear as you make decisions concerning sorority membership,” explains Drury. Anyone interested in recruitment should attend a dessert social in the MEP refractory at 8pm Monday, Aug. 20. Formal Recruitment begins on Tuesday, Aug. 21 and concludes with Bid Day on Saturday, August 25th. The last day to register for Panhellenic Recruitment is Tuesday, August 21st at 7pm. Panhellenic costs $35 to start the recruitment process. This money goes toward a tshirt cost and other fees Panhellenic has to pay to ensure a successful and smooth recruitment. IFC consists of eight fraternities, Alpha Tau Omega, Kappa Alpha Order, Kappa Sigma, Lamda Chi Alpha, Phi Delta Theta, Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Sigma Nu. Formal Recruitment begins Monday, August 20 with Bear Fair. All chapters will have tables there and IFC will be there to help register men. The first informal event is Monday night, August 20 when the IFC executive members will be available to talk to any interested men in Plunkett basement and Roberts foyer at 7pm. Computers will be on hand so that men can register for recruitment. All men will need to be registered for recruitment to go through the process. Registration for IFC recruitment is free. Freshmen can expect a great opportunity to make connections with not just current Greek men but also alumni and other first year students. “Even if guys are not sure, I would encourage them to sign up and go through formal recruitment be-

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Greek Row remains quiet in the days before school begins as initiated members prepare for next weeks Formal Recruitment. Information on recruitment will be provided at several events over the next week, including Bear Fair. cause of everything offered the first two weeks. They will be invited to a ton of social events and get to know a lot of people. Also, every chapter is very different so finding a chapter that fits you is pretty easy once you get to know each chapter. That is why formal recruitment is so important at Mercer. It allows both new and current men to experience all of the chapters and really get to know some of the members to make sure it is a good fit,” said Carrie Ingoldsby, IFC Advisor and Director of Campus Life and Student Involvement. The process is almost two weeks long so there is ample time to get to know people. IFC Execs run Formal Recruitment. They are not the same as NPC’s Pi Chis but

they are still there to work with potential new members. “It’s a great overall experience that will make college life more meaningful and fun. If you are coming into college with not just a desire to connect socially but also to make career connections from Engineering to Business to Law then I would recommend Greek Life. Greek alums represent a wide variety of career choices. It is also a chance to get academic support for those more challenging majors including pre-med and Engineering. Greeks work hard and are involved across campus in other leadership roles. Greeks also give back to the community through philanthropy projects and events. I would encourage all students to try it out.

For example: athletes or those with busy majors will find that Greek chapters have a lot to offer them,” said Ingoldsby. The National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. (NPHC) is the umbrella organization for the nine historically African-American fraternities and sororities. Although it is not known exactly when the organization came to Mercer’s campus, it was organized in May 1930 at Howard University, Washington D.C. The stated purpose of the organization as written in 1930 is, “Unanimity of thought and action, as far as possible, in the conduct of Greek letter collegiate fraternities and sororities, and to consider problems of mutual interest to its member organizations.” NPHC is a Greek council

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17 fraternites and sororites make up Greek Life at Mercer. The Greeks stem from three councils, National Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, and the National Pan-Hellenic Council.

composed of nine fraternities and sororities: Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, and Zeta Phi Beta, Alpha Phi Alpha, Phi Beta Sigma, Sigma Gamma Rho, and Iota Phi Theta. This coalition is frequently coined as “The Divine Nine.” The Divine Nine members can also be classified as either Collegiate Chapters, or Alumni Chapters. The Alumni Chapter members serve as a guide or mentor to the Collegiate chapter members during their entire collegiate experience which includes support during the membership intake. As NPHC fraternities and sororities do not recruit but instead host formal informationals, interested students should attend NPHC 2012 Information Week held Aug. 20-24th. During this week each organization selects a specific day to represent their organization by wearing paraphernalia and conducting a university-wide program in which educational material including the organization’s mission, membership criteria, and social calendar are provided for interested candidates. Interested males and females will have several opportunities to meet and ask questions of current NPHC members by attending any of the universitywide programs that are held during the academic year. While membership into NPHC is restricted to students who possess at least 30 credit hours and meet the GPA requirement specified by each organization, all students are invited to attend the NPHC 2012 Information Week activities. Attendees can expect to meet new faces, learn more about NPHC Greek organizations and have tons of fun. NPHC membership costs vary due to several factors including, but not limited to, the administrative fees required by Mercer and each organization’s national association. The amount collected may also vary based on the number of trainings, conferences, and community programs that are planned for an academic year. “As NPHC organizations do not recruit, the University and Macon community alike can expect to see the spirit of Greek unity, motivation for academic excellence and commitment to public service demonstrated during the Information Week held August 20-24th and in the days that follow,” said Melinda Robison-Moffett, Co-Advisor of NPHC.


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Local Editor Danielle D’Auria

College Hill Corridor fun for students By Katherine Manson Editor-in-Chief

An important aspect of college is getting involved within your community whether it is through a job, event or service project. In Macon, Mercer students are fortunate to have the opportunity to attend and participate in the many local events hosted by the College Hill Alliance. The College Hill Alliance began in 2009 as a department of Mercer with the mission to create a positive change to the physical and social aspects of the College Hill Corridor. The location of the College Hill Corridor is a two-mile area between Mercer and Macon’s downtown business district. The Alliance was funded by a three-year, $2 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. As a part of College Hill’s

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Every second Sunday of each month, hundreds of local Macon residents gather at Washington park to take part in the many festivities and activities Second Sunday has to offer. mission, many events are hosted throughout the year in an attempt to connect Mercer to the community. These events include Soap-

box Derby, Big Screen Movie Nights, Mercer Village Festivals and the College Hill signature event, Second Sunday. Second Sunday takes place

the second Sunday of the month from April to October and is held in Washington Park, weather permitting. The event is centered on live

Phase II of Lofts opens for student housing, prepares for new semester By Danielle D’Auria Local Editor

The long and anticipated wait for phase II of The Lofts to be completed is finally over. The building was finished on Aug. 1 and is move-in ready for both Mercer graduate and undergraduate students. Due to the great success of phase I of The Lofts and the high demand to live in this popular area, contractors decided to build phase two of The Lofts directly across the street. Phase II contains many of the same features that the first phase offers students. However, there will be a few changes in the finishing touches of the new lofts. For example, additional light fixtures and ceiling fans will be added to each unit. This building only contains four bedroom lofts. As of Aug.12, there were no vacancies in The Lofts and there is a waitlist to live in the building for the upcoming 2012-2013 school year. In order to be eligible to live in The Lofts, the prospective student must be a junior, senior, or a graduate student and he or she must be enrolled as a full time student. The Lofts offers students a three or four bedroom fully furnished loft and each bedroom has its own bathroom. Each

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Phase II of The Lofts, located accross the street from Phase I, is move-in ready for students. Move-in began Aug. 1 loft also has a fully equipped kitchen, living room, and a full-sized washer and dryer. Unlike the first phase of The Lofts, phase two does not contain any local businesses or restaurants on the ground level. Instead, the Center for Collaborative Journalism (CCJ) has been located in this section of the building. This center includes: the Mercer University journalism program, The Telegraph, and Georgia Public Broadcasting. Contractor Jim Daws said, “The street dynamic is really changing a lot. Having 40 plus employees working in the

Center for Collaborative Journalism will really get the street vibe going. I think [having CCJ on the ground level] will be a plus.” Many students are also excited about this new addition to the Mercer community. Student and Loft resident Erica Cumbie said, “The Lofts are such a great addition to Mercer village and I’m so excited to be one of the first people to live there.” Phase two of the Lofts aims to keep students living close to campus. Dr. Jim Netherton, Mercer’s executive vice president of ad-

ministration and finance told Jennifer Bucholtz, “Studies show that universities where students live on campus have higher retention and graduation rates.” Dr. Netherton added, “Vibrant neighborhoods attract students, allowing Mercer to accept more competitive students.” As the student population increases, the demand for housing increases as well. Creating this new community for students to live in attracts even more prospective students. Property supervisor at the Lofts, Eric Martinez tells Jennifer Bucholtz “Students are most impressed with having their own private bathroom — something they don’t get in traditional on-campus housing.” The amount of privacy that is provided by The Lofts along with the brand new finishes to each room is also quite impressive to students. Jim Daws said, “Students are drawn to the Lofts because they can be close to their friends on campus, plus have the freedoms associated with living on their own in an area with retail and restaurant conveniences.” The Lofts at Mercer village are continuously becoming more and more popular. Students are anxious to live there and to have this community become their home away from home.

music as community members and students attend the community picnic, many bringing their lawn chairs, lunches, and pets. College Hill hosted Second Sunday at Sunset Aug. 12 from 7-9 p.m. in the historic Washington Park featuring live music by Savannah’s KidSyc@ Brandywine followed by Macon’s Floco Torres. KidSyc@Brandywine includes members Lloyd “KidSyc” Harold, MC; Charles Hodge, Bass; Daniel Butler, lead guitar; Lane Gardner, keys; and Derrick Larry, drums. The group is known to have a sound like The Roots, Lupe Fiasco, Jermaine Cole, Kendrick Lamar and N.E.R.D. KidSyc@ Brandywine formed in early 2010 and later performed at the 2010 Savannah Urban Arts Festival. Following KidSyc@Brandywine’s performance, Floco Torres took the stage. Kevin “Floco Torres” Williams Jr., took on the name Floco Torres

in order to create a brand that would influence people to inquire before they judge, as he is an African American man with a Spanish name. Torres has created a fan base throughout Macon as well as his hometown of Willingboro, N.J. He has won awards as an artist such as “Best Local HipHop” in addition to winning the grand prize of the Gateway Project music competition last summer. His first album is titled “Floco’s Modern Life.” Second Sunday attracts hundreds of community members and students with all different interests, lifestyles, and music tastes, yet they all join together in this classic community event hosted by College Hill. The monthly musical event is free to attend and usually features a cash bar, food available to purchase and various extra activities for children. For more information about Second Sunday and College Hill, visit

Macon, Bibb County vote to consolidate governments By Katherine Manson Editor-in-Chief

After years of controversial discussion and debate, the people of Macon and Bibb County voted to approve consolidation of the two governments on Aug. 1. In order for consolidation to be approved, it had to be passed in Macon and in all of Bibb County. According to The Telegraph, city voters favored it 9,624 to 7,028 and 18,493 to 14,131 across Bibb County. By consolidation passing, the governments of Macon, Bibb County and Payne City will dissolve separately and be replaced with a single government led by one mayor and nine county commissioners. According to The Telegraph, Macon Mayor Robert Reichert said, “[The vote] marks the time that Macon and Bibb County have embraced the future and set out to be a more unified community.” Those in favor of the consolidation voted in hope of a more efficient government that would save taxpayers money. Those who opposed feared that the consolidation proposal was flawed with mandated 20 percent cut in

government costs and a budget process that requires approval from six of the nine commissioners. According to The Telegraph, State Rep. Allen Peake, a long-time supporter of consolidation, said, “This is a game-changer day for our community.” He explained that the next step will include Bibb County’s legislative delegation setting up a transition team in order to aid in the progress. The transition will begin Sept. 1 and the consolidated government will become effective January 2014. The transition team will consist of 15 members and will be led by state Rep. Nikki Randall, chairwoman of Bibb County’s legislative delegation. The committee will also include the Bibb County Commission chairman, Macon’s mayor and City Council president, Macon’s police chief and the Bibb County sheriff. The consolidated government will consist of a nine-member county commission and a mayor elected at-large. The consolidation will attempt to reverse 30 years of demographic and economic decline. Although the discussion and debate of consolidating has been present for decades, the July 31 vote was the first public vote on the topic in 35 years.

Museum comes to Macon until September 16 exhibit featuring animatronic dinosaurs By Brittani Howell Entertainment Editor

Looking for a fun and cheap study break on the town? Did you love the latest installment to 20th Century Fox’s “Ice Age” series? Then look no further than the Museum of Arts and Sciences on Forsyth Road, which will continue to host its “Life Through Time: Dinosaurs and Ice Age Mammals” exhibit until September 16. The exhibit, which has been up and running since midMay, features ten animatronic representations of animals that existed between the late Jurassic and late Pleistocene ages. Familiar faces like the sabertoothed tiger and the wooly mammoth snarl and stamp in their exhibits alongside more obscure creatures, including the gigantic Paraceratherium—an ancestor of the rhinoceros—and the Maiasaura, whose name means “good mother lizard” in Greek. In the lobby visitors can see

the mechanics of the animatronic dinosaurs at work with a “skeleton” that they can control. Supplementing the exhibit is a new planetarium show, “Dinosaur Prophecy,” included with the price of admission to the museum. Additionally, visitors can view the museum’s collection of fossils and lithographic artwork depicting prehistoric scenes as visitors walk through the attraction. Other new attractions at the museum include “Native American Prints and Points” and “The Story of Apollo.” “Prints and Points” displays Native American pottery, weaponry and other artifacts in addition to a collection of prints on loan from Beverly Fitzpatrick, who has loaned them out of the collection of her late husband, Duross Fitzpatrick. “The Story of Apollo” recounts the history of manned space flights with visual aids provided by Rob Sumowski. Both exhibits are open through Sept. 30.

If dinosaurs, Native Americans and space travel aren’t enough to capture your attention, the museum also includes a live animal exhibit with Geoffrey’s tamarins, geckos, snakes, turtles, tropical birds and a variety of insects and arachnids. A nature trail snakes through the woods just outside the building. Those who love to watch the skies can attend the museum’s state-of-the-art Mark Smith Planetarium, which in addition to “Dinosaur Prophecy” plays presentations about constellations and astronomical phenomena. For an additional $2 stargazers can attend the “Skies Over Macon” show at 8 p.m. on Friday nights. The program includes a regularly updated planetarium show and the opportunity to use the museum’s telescopes. Admission for students is $7. For questions about museum hours or other attractions, visit the website at

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Local Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences features animatronic animals and fossils.


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Local Editor Danielle D’Auria

The freshman’s survival guide to Macon By Danielle D’Auria Local Editor

This frozen yogurt shop on Forsyth Road recently opened in 2011. As frozen yogurt continues to become more and more popular, the Macon community and Mercer students cannot get enough La Berry! This frozen yogurt shop has eight different flavors to choose from and the flavors change daily. Once you have chosen your yogurt, do not forget to stop by the topping bar and take advantage of the wide variety of top-

pings that you can add to your yogurt. Yogurt is sold by the ounce and punch cards are available for frequent customers. With the punch card, for every six yogurts you purchase at La Berry, your next sixounce yogurt is free! Be sure to check out their Facebook page to stay updated with any offers that they may have and to find out what different flavors they are offering daily. La Berry is an inexpensive and healthier way to tackle your sweet tooth. If you’re craving something sweet, make your way to this frozen yogurt shop!

La Berry Frozen Yogurt 4646 Forsyth Road

The Rookery 543 Cherry Street

Moe’s Southwest Grill 3111 Vineville Avenue

The Rookery is a popular hang out for many college students. Whether they’re in the mood for lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch, or just to stop by the bar for a drink, The Rookery is the place to go. The Rookery serves a wide variety of American-style food, including appetizers, sandwiches, salads, and burgers. Every Wednesday night around 8 p.m., this downtown joint hosts a trivia night and anyone is welcome to participate. The trivia teams compete for prizes such as gift certificates and tickets to local attractions. Whether you want to get a team together to participate in trivia night, or if you just want to come and try some of their famous burgers, make your way downtown to this popular hang out!

Moe’s Southwestern Grill, located on Vineville Avenue, is quite a popular choice for college students. Especially on a Monday. On Mondays, Moe’s hosts their famous ‘Moe Monday’ where customers can purchase a burrito, chips, and a drink all for only five dollars. Many Mercer students choose to take advantage of this special offer. If you want to get a lot of food for only five dollars, check out Moe’s Southwestern Grill on a Monday! Moes is also quite a popular choice for students on Tuesdays through Sundays as well. Also, don’t forget that you can use your Bear Bucks at this local restaurant. Add some cash to your bear card and head over to Moe’s Southewestern Grill!

Bear’s Den 1191 Oglethorpe Street

The Bear’s Den, located just a few short blocks from campus, is known for their famous southern style cookin’. Their menu features a wide variety of what is known as, ‘southern soul food’ such as: fried chicken, green beans, biscuits, cornbread, macaroni and cheese, and of course, sweet tea. Their menu items change daily. The Bear’s Den is open Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. unil 3 p.m. Since this popular southern style restaurant is only opened for lunch, stop by in between classes to grab a quick meal! If youre craving some southern style cookin’ after 3 p.m., remember that they still cook take out orders until 6 p.m. Come in and try this restuarant that has been popular since 1989!

Bearfoot Tavern 401 Cherry Street

This local tavern was the new addition to the downtown area in November of 2011; so far it has been a hit! This restaurant is decked out with Mercer spirit and has a sporty atmosphere. They capture the atmosphere of a sports bar by having a total of 16 flat screen televisions covering the walls and having a personal 24 inch screen television in each booth. Owner Ceasare Mammarella says to The Telegraph, “I want this to be Mercer’s sports bar. They are our hometown college and it is important that as their programs continue to expand we support them as a community.” If you’re looking for a place to eat some good food while watching sporting events with friends, Bearfoot Tavern is the place to be!

Lemongrass 442 Cherry Street

Lemongrass is a sushi and Thai bistro that is located downtown. They serve lunch and dinner daily and they serve brunch on Sundays. Lemongrass chef, Saravudh “Tom” Sarrtsud, is a Bangkok-native who brings his native cooking skills to the table. With the use of fresh ingredients and with a hint of Asian flare, this restaurant serves and prepares bright and flavorful dishes that have continued to please the Macon community. This Thai cuisine is known for its balance of 5 flavors: spicy, sour, sweet, salty, and bitter. Lemongrass offers traditional Thai dishes, Thai Fusion, and they even offer non-Thai specialties. If you’re in the mood for some fresh sushi and Thai cuisine, this local restaurant is a must!

Greek Corner Deli 587 Cherry Street

Greek Corner Deli is located in downtown Macon and is famous for their hummus, sandwiches, and gyros. This is a very popular lunch joint for many Mercer students. The quick service and low priced food draws in many graduate and undergraduate students. Owners Arty and Desi Passias have recently opened another location on Forsyth Streeth. This new addition serves the same Greek cuisine as Greek Corner Deli. However, they also serve pizza. Both restaurants also serve a wide variety of pastries if you’re in the mood to tackle your sweet tooth. If you’re craving a Greek-style meal, then Greek Corner Deli is definitely the way to go!

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Become, remain clutter-free this semester By Emily Farlow Features Editor

Dorm life is defined by small spaces. Rooms are small, and must be shared with someone else. Freshmen aren’t used to sharing a space, and learning how not to spread out and take over an entire room is hard. Organization is an essential habit for the college student. Not knowing what to look for can make organization difficult. Keeping a few things in mind while shopping and decorating will make the process much easier. Containers are your best friend. It is a good idea to keep most things in boxes or drawers. Bins that lock together are great for storage. They can be stored under the bed, in a closet or in an unused corner. Bins can be used to store text books, toiletries, extra cleaning supplies etc. Other good tools are drawer storage carts. They typically have clear drawers and roll on wheels. These are good for clothes that won’t fit in the dresser, and stack well in a closet. Find multiple purposes for one object. If there is room for a book case, put it by the bed to serve as a bed-side table. Use the book case for text books or leisure books, and put a lamp

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Small shelving units are great for storage under a bed. Use them to store extra linens and towels. and an alarm clock on the top. A book case is a great place for storage bins that store school supplies. When looking for decorations or storage, try to think of more than one way to use an item. Make the most of the space you have. In a small space, think of vertical rather than horizontal organization. Bunk-

ing beds is always a good idea. Or try lofting beds for storage underneath. Girls with many shoes would do well to buy a hanging shoe organizer. Some fit over doors and others hang in the closet. Push it to the back to make room for clothes as well. Over-the-door hooks are great for coats and jackets that are too bulky for the closet.

Use the desk. A desk can be used for more than studying. Buy small drawers and stack them on your desk. They will hold pencils, pens, highlighters etc. A lamp that doubles as a pencil and pen holder is a good multipurpose tool. You don’t need everything. Ladies, especially, don’t need five pairs of heels. Are you really going to walk across campus in your painful pumps? During summer and spring, leave heavy winter coats and boots at home. During winter and fall, leave shorts and tank tops at home. Think practically about what will fit and what won’t. Your huge stereo system may be cool, but it won’t fit in your dorm room. The bathroom is storage space, too. If you have your own bathroom, take advantage of the extra storage space! Buy a shelving unit to fit over or next to the toilet to make room for cleaning supplies and shower items. Shelves with suction cups will stick in the shower and hold shampoo, soap etc. If you have a community bathroom, buy a small carrier or basket to hold everything you need for your shower. Put it in one place, and simply carry the whole basket down the hall when you shower. You can prepare for dorm living all you want, but the best way to learn the ins and outs of living in a small space is just to

jump right in. Figure out what works and doesn’t work for the space you occupy, and modify

organization techniques to fit your lifestyle.

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Pen and pencil holders keep a desk from becoming cluttered. Holders with storage for paper clips and push pins are a great tool.

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Planners are an inexpensive way to stay organized. Write down class assignments, important dates etc. to stay on top of your schedule.

The key to sucess: time management By Emily Farlow Features Editor e-mail

Mercer students are known for their extracurricular involvement. Unfortunately, too much of a good thing can leave students feeling overcommitted and stressed out. Time management is an important asset to master in college, so homework can get done while still leaving time for organizations/clubs and socializing. Remember these tips when college life seems overwhelming. The first and most important thing to remember is that even though you may want to join five different organizations or clubs, it probably isn’t a good idea. Remember why you are in college: to get an education, not to be president of every club on campus. Pick a couple organizations to invest time in. Not only will it reduce stress, but you will also be able to get more deeply involved in those few clubs rather than being semiinvolved in seven. As far as academics go, procrastinating is your worst enemy. It is important to stay on top of assignments. Class

syllabi are a great way to do this. Read over the syllabus for each class. If your professor has provided you with a schedule outlining what assignments are expected in class, look at it carefully. Refer to this schedule often, noting which assignments are due immediately and which assignments are due later. Writing assignments down in a planner or on a calendar will help you visualize when each one is due. It is also an easy way to stay organized and keep track of assignments. Your syllabus schedule will also help show how quickly you will be learning material. In a class where you struggle, it may be a good idea to look over the next section of lessons before that class. Familiarizing yourself with the content makes it easier to absorb, and gives you more time to focus on homework rather than relearning what was taught in class. When it’s time to study, creating your own schedule will help you stay on task. Decide which assignments are most important, and tackle those first. Study your material for a set time, then move onto the next thing. Avoid cramming sessions and all-nighters. These

typically do more harm than good. Remember to take a break and reward yourself. If you have studied and worked hard all afternoon, go out with friends that night, read a book or just watch TV. However, studying for 10 minutes and then spending 30 minutes on Facebook does not count as a break. It will just leave you more distracted and unmotivated. Find a study space free of distractions and use it. If your roommate always has friends over, your room may not be the best place to study. The library is a perfect, quiet place to study. Many students use the old co-op in the student center as a spot for group study sessions. And if it isn’t too hot, studying outside can make homework seem a little more fun. Figure out what works for you and stick to it. If you need music to study, create a playlist to keep you motivated. If working in a group leads to distractions, try and study on your own. Above all, remember that you still need sleep. Getting rest every night is important for staying healthy and on task. It will also keep you from falling asleep while doing an assignment!

Freshman hear many rumors-true and untrue--about college life. One of the more infamous rumors is about the dreaded “Freshman 15”: gaining weight during the first year of college. While 15 pounds may be an arbitrary number, many freshman find themselves a few pounds heavier by the end of their spring semester. Fortunately, there are some decisions freshman can make that can easily prevent weight gain, and Mercer offers great workout programs for students of all ages to take advantage of. With newfound freedoms and independence, many freshman find themselves drinking a lot during their first year. A study at Ohio State University found that the main cause of weight gain during college is heavy alcohol consumption. For example, 12 ounces of beer has an average of over 100 calories--even light beer. A shot of vodka also can have over 100 calories. It may be fun to party hard now, but it won’t seem so fun a few pounds later. If you are serious about staying in shape during college, heavy drinking shouldn’t be part of your routine.

Many students believe the main cause of weight gain is the cafeteria food. The cafeteria (Caf) offers buffet-style dining every day, with carbonated beverages and soft serve ice cream readily available. Making a conscious decision every day to eat healthily will help keep extra weight at bay. It is common sense, but it bears repeating: Try to avoid unhealthy food in the Caf. However, the Caf is much less of a danger compared to Chik-fil-A’s greasy and caloriefilled fried chicken. Chik-fil-A milkshakes from the University Center every week probably contribute more to weight gain than Caf food. Sweets and desserts aren’t bad every once in a while, but buying peach milkshakes every week is a bit excessive (even if they are delicious). Another culprit of the freshman 15 is what some college students call “fourthmeal.” That is, late-night trips to Waffle House, Steak n’ Shake or other 24-hour eateries. You may love a good waffle at midnight, but eating late, right before sleeping, contributes to weight gain. If you are staying up late to study, try drinking water if you feel hungry. When our bodies are hungry, it sometimes means we aren’t drinking enough water. Or, keep healthy snacks on hand to curb your hunger. Being healthy in college isn’t

just about what you do or don’t eat. Regular exercise helps burn calories and fat. Mercer’s University Center (UC) has a weight room available to all students who are dedicated to staying fit. If you have trouble keeping a regular schedule, Mercer has a variety of group workouts available. There are cardio classes, body sculpting classes, kick boxing classes, Zumba classes and more. To see the fitness schedule, visit the UC’s website. Mercer also has many opportunities to play intramural sports such as volleyball, flag football, soccer and softball. Getting involved in an intramural team is another way to stay fit and avoid the freshman 15. Information about intramurals can be found on Mercer’s website. Student organizations that involve athletics, such as Mercer Cycling, Mercer Swim Cluwb and Mercer Wrestling, among others, offer more ways to burn calories. Sports aren’t the only way to stay in shape, though. The Ballroom Dancing Club is a great way to have fun while working out. Check out Mercer’s student affairs website for a list of student organizations. Make a schedule, and stick to it. If you are consistent with your exercise and eating habits, you will never have to worry about the freshman 15.

Emily Farlow / Cluster Staff

The University Center’s weight room is a good resource for staying fit and free of the freshmen 15.

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Entertainment Editor Brittani Howell


Milo Greene on “Milo Greene”

By Brittani Howell Entertainment Editor

When it comes to new music, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m the laziest connoisseur I know. Most of the time I absorb it through osmosis thanks to the radio or, more frequently, my musically inclined friends. I find their tastes to be nearly impeccable—that is, I’ve never really disliked anything they have exposed me to—so when my friend Kamie invited me to a concert with a band I’d never heard of before, I gave her the benefit of the doubt. And I’m glad I did, because I’ve been playing the CD on repeat since the concert in Atlanta on July 21. Milo Greene’s selftitled first album blends haunting vocal harmonies with an almost otherworldly style to turn melancholy and raw emotion into some truly beautiful music. The band, made up of five people, came together through college friendships and music scene acquaintances and they have been playing live together since March of last year. In case you were wondering, Milo Greene is not the name of any member of the band; he’s actually the fictional booking agent contrived by band members Andrew Heringer and Robbie Arnett to help them book gigs early in their prior, independent careers. I took the chance to borrow Milo Greene for an interview before they became too famous to talk to me, and Arnett was gracious enough to take a break from the tour to call me from Denver, Co.

BH: How long have you been writing music? RA: Probably since 2006, so about five or six years. I think I’ve always been interested in creating some kind of art. Growing up we would always go to the movies and the theater, and there was always music around in my family. We were avid music lovers. I was always kind of inspired by it, and when I got to college there were some guys in my dorm who played music. I started singing and taught myself to play guitar, so that’s where I got started. BH: What were you studying at the time? RA: Music and theatre. BH: Oh, so then this was right in line with your passions. RA: Yeah; I didn’t switch from being an economics major or anything like that. BH: You guys definitely have a really unique sound. How would you describe your band’s style of music? RA: I think at the core it’s pop music, but we’ve definitely tried to decorate it with stuff that’s influenced us and inspired us—dreamier and ethereal sounds. I’ve always been interested in scoring and movies. We’d talked about working with filmmakers and scoring, but we formed a band. Since there are four vocalists we’re centered around vocalists… it’s all kind of placed in more dreamy tones and stuff. We try to make it as unconventional as possible. BH: There’s a really definitive tone to the album, too. What can you tell me about that? RA: We recorded all of the

music all over the west coast primarily in winter and autumn months, so I’d say the tone was inspired by a somber, nostalgic atmosphere. BH: I noticed during the concert that you guys switch instruments around a lot. How did you all come to be so versatile? RA: I think initially we were just trying to figure out what each song needed. We made the record without playing the record, and when we had to play it we had to figure out how to recreate it. We all primarily play guitar, but we switched around to kind of fill up the songs. I learned how to play piano a bit for certain songs and

Marlana takes up the bass for certain songs…We learn as we go. Andrew’s pretty classically trained and an all-around great musician, so he can pick it up pretty quick. Since I wasn’t classically trained it takes me a little more time, but if we need the sound then we’re all about figuring it out. BH: What is your creative process like? It sounds like you fly by the seat of your pants a lot. RA: It happens in all sorts of different ways. Since the four of us are the song writers we’ve all brought songs to the table. It’s a big collaborative union. The initial start of the whole thing was that song “Autumn Tree.”

Milo Greene, named after the band’s fictional booking agent, released their self-titled debut album in mid-July.

I’d sent Andrew the lyrics and he wrote a melody for the lyrics I sent him, but sometimes we’ll all be sitting in a room and I’ll start playing the piano and start singing some words, and Marlana will jump in and then Andrew will jump in and we’ll try to figure it out. There are all kinds of ways to do it; there’s not one set formula. BH: You guys were on Letterman recently. How was that? RA: It was very exciting. I think we were all really nervous. We came from DC the night before and came to Lettermen at three a.m. We were all kind of zombies. It was really cool. He keeps his studio at, like, 40 degrees, so it was freezing. But we’d all grown up with that program, and our parents were excited. It was an all-around wonderful experience for us, and we can’t be more thankful to be on that program. BH: What did it mean for you as a band, as far as exposure goes? RA: It’s hard to say. I think it’s a nice accolade to add to our career, that experience and exposure about being on television, but we just went up there and did the best Milo Greene performance that we could and hope people will respond to it. But yeah, it’s hard to say how much that helps in the big picture. BH: What has been your favorite part of the tour so far? RA: The television experience was wonderful, but we played Lollapalooza as our first festival, and that was really cool. It was cool to be part of the evacuation—they evacuated for the first time because

there was a crazy storm coming in. But really traveling to different cities, and people meeting people have all been an amazing experience, kind of a dream come true. Milo Greene is a recent project, but some of us have been working for this for the better part of a decade. BH: Let’s talk about “Moddison” for a minute. RA: We thought about doing a project that would score films. We had a month before we started our tour, so we ended up writing a screen play for a short film that would encompass our entire record. I had a friend of mine come up to silver lake, a place where we’d recorded a lot of the music, and we recorded a film that went along with the record. BH: The music videos for “Silent Way,” “Perfectly Aligned,” and “1957” are now out. What’s coming next? RA: I think “Don’t Give Up on Me” is coming next. I think we’ll be releasing a few [videos] over the next month or so. I guess the biggest hint would be that the videos correspond to the track numbers on the record, so people can figure it out that way.

Arnett said that “Moddison” should be released in its entirety sometime this winter, so those who want to piece together the story as it goes will want to get a jump on it now. The music videos for “1957,” “Silent Way” and “Perfectly Aligned” can be found on the band’s Web site. The curious and enthused can buy the album at

Welcome to Macon, freshmen. You have no excuse to be bored. By Brittani Howell Entertainment Editor

Welcome to Mercer, new Mercerians! Hopefully you will come to love this university and this city—with all its ups and downs—as much as we do now after you’ve been here a few years. A word of advice: get to know this town. Macon has a tough reputation from the outside world, but it also has a rich tradition of history and music. Otis Redding, the Allman Brothers and the kazoo all started their musical journeys here, and the current residents continue that tradition with a wide array of musical and theatrical performances. Here’s a quick reference for all the ways you can stay entertained on campus and downtown. Second Sunday – Every Sunday in Washington Park, just across from the library

on Washington Avenue, the College Hill Alliance hosts a free concert at sunset. Downtown eateries set up booths for drinks and picnic food so that you can enjoy live music from local bands in one of Macon’s scenic historical parks. This month’s Second Sunday has already passed, but on September 9 The Vespers will be performing in the early afternoon (1:00-3:00). Get there early for a good seat! Third Thursday – Another project through the College Hill Alliance, Third Thursday takes place every month in the Mercer Village. Live musicians come to play while patrons and poor college students enjoy discounts from Ingleside Village Pizza, Francar’s and other shops in the Village. For a few hours pedestrians can enjoy the run of Montpelier Avenue as the street is blocked off to accommodate the party. The 567 – This downtown locale is a great venue space— just small enough to be con-

sidered intimate but not uncomfortably cramped—with a steady flow of affordable concerts on the calendar. For a $10 cover charge you can get a ticket to this week’s concert featuring Erra, Becoming the Archetype, Wanderer and All is Lost. The following day, Saturday, is the 567’s monthly concert in which artists tell the stories behind their music. Students with ID can get in for $5 to hear Megg Serrano, Baxter James and Lucas Woodgeard talk about what makes them sing. Theatre performances – Because the Mercer Players can’t perform their excellent plays for us every week (though we wish they could), Macon has two local theatre venues: Theater Macon and The Macon Little Theatre. They may not be the Royal Shakespeare Company, but don’t count them out when you’re itching to see a theatrical performance between Mercer Players shows. The Macon Little

Theatre opens with the farce “Boeing – Boeing” on August 24, and on September 7 Theatre Macon will begin their run of “Becky’s New Car”. A little pricier than the 567 but much less so than the Grand, and a classy choice for a date night. Midnight Movie – This event will probably become one of your favorites. Because college students keep ungodly hours anyway, the AmStar on Zebulon Road hosts this event twice each semester. For $2, Mercer students with a student ID can see one of several recently released movies at a midnight showing. Keep an eye on the QuadWorks announcements for this semester’s Midnight Movie dates, and watch the lobby in Connell—if you buy your ticket early in the day at the table in the lobby you can avoid a long line that night. All that extra time could be spent figuring out what to smuggle into the movie from the Kroger next door to the theater.

The Hummingbird – There’s a minimal cover charge, but the Bird (as it is affectionately known) offers plenty of local music and flavor, in addition to the occasional nationally known band. Weekends always see some kind of music playing at the Bird, and Wednesday nights combine music and team trivia. They can be picky about an age limit of 21, but occasionally they offer shows for the not-quite-legal-yet population. Just ask. The Grand Opera House – Located downtown on Mulberry Street, the Grand is the place to go if you want to break the bank for some quality entertainment. Hosting everything from live music to comedy routines to Broadway musicals, the Grand is worth what you spend when you can afford it. For a quick glimpse of the lovely historic theater, take a trip downtown on August 30 for the free classical strings concert the Grand is hosting for the community.

The Golden Bough - In addition to the occasional live music performance or poetry reading, The Golden Bough is a great place to go for used and discount books (much, much cheaper than Mercer’s Barnes & Noble). Browse around or just cuddle up in a chair and read, and talk to the staff— they’re very friendly and love to talk books. Townsend School of Music – For those of you who enjoy chamber or classical music, look no further than the edge of campus. Mercer’s music school delivers fantastic performances on a weekly basis, and our school for strings attracts the best of the best from all across the country. And best of all, it’s free. Check the music school Web site for a calendar of events and keep an eye out for flyers on the kiosk outside Connell and on the bulletin boards in the campus post office.

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Olympics close with a Spice-y tribute to British music By Bryson Jones Sports Editor

Great Britain definitely did the entire world a huge favor by topping their confusing and outright weird opening ceremony performance with a more than entertaining closing ceremony. The night was filled with fireworks, strobe lights and—most importantly—a vast array of music. The organizers of the event paid homage to some of Britain’s musical legends, the most important of whom was Freddie Mercury, the outlandish, outrageous and influential front man of the rock sensation Queen. The tribute to the late, great Freddie Mercury was a heartwrenching one. It was almost as if he was actually there performing once more in front of a live audience. Queen guitarist Brian May took the stage and rocked out on his guitar with a solo before Jessie J joined him onstage for a rendition of one of Queen’s biggest hits, “We Will Rock You”. What was shocking, though, was that the organizers did not find time for Queen’s musical staple, the song that defined a generation, the song that is still played at the final of every major sporting event: “We Are the Champions”. Maybe the line

“No time for losers” hit a little too close to home for some of the competitors. Nonetheless, in a tribute to Queen it should have been included. The moment that struck every-

my childhood, he continued to butcher a hit from one of the best musical groups of that country. He lip-synced to The Beatles’ “I Am the Walrus”. British comedian Eric Idle took

to the stage, singing the Monty Python hit “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”. The crowd whistled along to the familiar tune, and maybe some of the Olympians who did not do as

If you missed the closing ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympics, then you missed Olympic atheletes singing “If you wanna be my lover” with the Spice Girls and the rest of the stadium. Britain gets the gold for the world’s largest sing-along.

‘Fifty Shades’ is bad porn and worse literature By Suzanne Stroup Contributing Writer

The Avengers (3/5) I know that this movie came out right as we were leaving last semester, but it kicked off the summer of superheroes (and was so awesome that I can’t pass up the opportunity talk about it again). While “The Avengers” probably won’t drive you to any deep revelations, as a movie it’s just flat-out fun to watch. The action is thrilling, the pacing is good, and the dialogue is fantastic. And while the cast of the good guys is impressive, Tom Hiddleston is fantastic as the god of chaos, Loki. Never have I seen crow’s feet look so delightfully menacing. Prometheus (2/5) Prometheus centers on the design, creation and management of intelligence. However, the movie never quite explores the questions it poses. The story is entirely too fragmented with unrelated events. Character development ruins the movie: I felt that the talent was there, but the movie’s dialogue and cutting didn’t let the characters unfold as people. The most convincing character was David, the android, whose emotionless fascination and disgust of humanity parallels humanity’s regard for its own creator. If you go into the movie expecting just a horror-scifi, then you won’t be disappointed. The movie is entertaining and at times cringeinducing. However, do not expect any of those meaning-of-life questions to be answered.

get. But by the end of the first book I knew I was going to be hooked into the other two, even though I was completely aware of how bad it was. The plot, though convoluted, is interesting enough with revenge and murder and betrayal— basically all of the elements that would enthrall a middleaged stay-at-home mom. The whole story line just keeps getting interrupted by these weird kinky sex scenes that last for at least ten pages each. (And by kinky, I mean not that kinky. Bad would be a better word.) I would find myself reading over that aspect of the series as fast as I could, possibly skipping words along the way so that I could see whether Ana was about to get murdered like I hoped she would. That sounds heartless, but I just wanted her to die because none of the characters are relatable at all. At least dying would make her mortal. I can relate to that. To sum it up, these books are bad. There are moments of intrigue, yes, but they aren’t worth wading through the rest of the muck. If you want a laugh at some British author’s expense or a mediocre—at best—erotic novel, then “Fifty Shades of Grey” is for you.

well as they’d hoped left with an uplifting message. The most anticipated performance of the night was that of the 90s pop sensation the Spice Girls. The Spice Girls obviously did not have the same spice that they used to have when it came to dance moves, but they still wowed the crowd singing a mash-up of their biggest hits, “Wannabe” and “Spice Up Your Life”. When cameras panned to the watching athletes you could see the crowd revert back to their childhoods, jumping up and down and singing along, probably very similar to what they used to do in their bathroom mirrors with hairbrush in hand. The girls definitely looked like their old selves. Maybe a tour is in the works? One can only dream. The closing act was none other than The Who, who performed probably one of the most iconic songs of all time, “Teenage Wasteland”. Despite their age, The Who can still rock out like they were back in their heyday. They finished off the night with a performance of “My Generation”. It was a truly monumental and memorable performance. The night ended and the crowd dispersed, but London 2012 will continue to live on in the hearts, minds and ears of many for years to come. Let’s see what Rio can give us in 2016.

Summer flicks you might have missed By Cluster Staff Resident Cinematic Experts

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I am the first to admit that I am a literary bandwagon hopper. I read the Harry Potter series in elementary school because it was cool (a good decision), “Twilight” in high school (not such a good decision) and this summer I finally succumbed to “Fifty Shades of Grey”. I heard bad things about the series from friends who had read it but still needed to see for myself. Forty million copies of the book have been sold, so how bad could this mommy porn be? The answer: very bad. “Fifty Shades” is about a college graduate named Anastasia Steele who blushes way too much and has no real thoughts of her own, except the occasional “oh my”. She lives with an aspiring journalist named Kate, who apparently is Ana’s best friend, but you would never know by reading the book. It seems like the two girls hate each other. Kate gets sick and asks Ana to go interview Christian Grey, Portland’s rich playboy entrepreneur. She goes to his office and, to make a very long (1,625-page series) story short, the two fall in lust and then in love. They engage in a (tame) BDSM relationship which, apparently, is vastly appealing to older women who read the book. E. L. James based her novel off of her Twilight fan fiction written under the pen name Snowqueens Icedragon (I can’t even go into that), so the resemblance to Stephanie Meyer’s characters is uncanny. Grey is overbearing and manipulative over Ana, and hates her friend Jose who once tried to hit on her in front of a bar. “Twilight”, however, was at least remotely readable. Fifty Shades makes its mother series look like Dickens. James uses certain phrases over and over again to the point where I sat literally laughing at this book in the middle of a “hot” scene. If I read “I died a thousand deaths today,” “Stop biting your lip, you know what it does to me” or “Laters, baby” ever again, I may throw the book across the room. Repetition is not James’ only problem. She also uses words and phrases that were popular two centuries ago and never again after that. She uses the word “gamine” on the second page of the book, which was the word of the year in 1899. On page eight, she uses the expression “If this guy is over thirty, then I’m a monkey’s uncle,” which was popular in the 1930s, which is one of her most modern sayings. My favorite is when Ana calls Grey “very high-handed,” which was basically a way of burning someone in the 1800s but also comes from a translation of the Bible. I did not plan to read this whole series when I picked up “Fifty Shades of Grey” at Tar-

one as odd was definitely when comedian Russell Brand came out riding in a floral-decorated van singing tunes from Willy Wonka. After he finished butchering one of the best movies of

Brave (3.5/5) From an aesthetic standpoint, the film is stunning. The animation is the best it’s ever been—clear, sharp and incredibly detailed (just check out Merida’s hair if you have any doubts). The soundtrack is gorgeous. “Brave” received attention particularly because its protagonist, Merida, is the first Pixar Princess employed as a main character. Maybe Merida isn’t a champion for feminism, but she’s a great character: impetuous,

independent, courageous, and occasionally very selfish—which is incredibly refreshing. Equally fascinating is the character of her mother, Queen Elinor. Rather than romance, the focus for “Brave” is family and

intergenerational conflict, and as such the rest of the cast is fleshed out with quirky fathers and sons for a fun and interesting story that will make you want to speak in a Scottish accent for days. Magic Mike (2 / 5) “I went to see ‘Magic Mike’ for the great story line,” said no one ever. Steven Soderbergh, women and gay men around the world thank you for putting this film together. The actual plot was a hit or miss throughout the film. However, having the likes of Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello and Matt Bomer dancing and gyrating half-naked on the big screen was enough to make up for the lack of story line. The premise behind the movie is that Alex Pettyfer’s character needs a job and Channing Tatum’s character gives him one: stripping. It’s quite possibly one of those novelty movies that we feel drawn to see just because we can. Perhaps the sex appeal was what made it so popular. It sure wasn’t the story line. The Amazing Spider-Man (3/5) Thank you, Columbia Pictures. We’ll consider this an apology for the atrocity that was “Spider-Man 3”. In all seriousness, though, the title does not disappoint. The Spider-Man saga begins anew in this adaptation, whi which goes back to the beginning to tell the st story in a way that is much more faithful to the comics. (Rejoice, nerd community.) IInstead of Kirsten Dunst’s passive Ma Mary-Jane we have the brave and bra brainy Gwen Stacey, played to perfectio perfection by Emma Stone. Rhys Ifans, who pplays the scientist-turned-mutant C Curt Conners, brings sympathy to hhis very human character—flawed, but understandable. And of course, there is rising star Andrew Garfield, who is nothing short of am amazing as Spider-Man. As a high-sc high-school student who has suddenly discove discovered his superpowers, Garfield is iincredibly believable as a teenage st storm of uncertainty, enthusiasm enthusiasm, power and conflict. The Dark Knigh Knight Rises (4/5) There’s no way I can properly revie review this in a short blurb, sso I’ll just gush. If you hav haven’t seen the conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, trilogy then you need to go to the theate theater right now. Go. It brings a feeling of the epic to the story that had previously been lurking under the surface. Anne Hath Hathaway, Joseph

Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hardy are brilliant additions to an already scintillating cast. This film stands above the other superhero movies of the summer with its grit, realism and philosophical layering. If you want a movie that is going to make you think, then you need to see this movie. I really can’t say enough about it. Get thee to a theater. Step Up Revolution (4/5) Some might say that the Step Up franchise should hang up their dancing shoes, but I would have to disagree. As the fourth movie of the franchise, this movie had large shoes to fill and I think they surpassed expectations. The soundtrack of the movie was fantastic. The dance numbers were phenomenal and make this movie stand out from the previous Step Up films. Not to mention that the dance numbers fit in flawlessly with the plot line. They weren’t dancing just to dance: they were dancing to make a statement and that’s a powerful idea.

Hope Springs (3.5 / 5) I went to see Hope Springs for two reasons: Meryl Streep and Steve Carell. Streep has a way of submersing herself completely into the characters she plays and this movie was no exception. She plays an awkward, sex-starved, middle-aged woman who wants to rekindle the marriage she once had with her husband. Throughout the movie there are moments of awkward tension between Streep’s character, Kay, and Tommy Lee Jones’ character, Arnold. This movie would have been better off as an R-Rated film because the dialogue between the characters becomes awkward as they tiptoe around the idea of a sexual relationship, calling sex “it” instead of just sex. The whole movie was kind of awkward, but had a little bit of charm to it as well. I think this movie was a little out of my age bracket. I probably would have enjoyed it more had I been at least 20, maybe 30 years older. Nonetheless, Streep has a wonderful performance and Steve Carell’s character is adorable. Overall, I was pleased with my cinematic experience. *Graphics from, and


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Sports Editor Bryson Jones

Mercer Athletics renews contracts, hires new coach COACHES,

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Hoffman has been recognized by, where he was listed among some of the nation’s elite coaches. Bleacher Report and also gave him recognition where the Bears were among the season-end top 25 mid-major polls. Mercer Athletics has also taken a step forward with the lacrosse program as they recently hired Head Coach Kyle Hannan to lead the program. Hannan has 19 years of experience as a head coach and will begin his coaching role as the team moves to the Tony and Nancy Moye Family Football and Lacrosse Complex, which is expected to open in early September. “I am extremely excited and proud to announce the hiring of Kyle Hannan to lead our men’s lacrosse program,” Cole said. “Kyle quickly rose to the top of our search list because of his reputation in the lacrosse world, not only as a coach but more importantly as a person of high character. Kyle, his wife Angie, and their two chil-

dren are a welcome addition to the Mercer family and the middle Georgia area.” Hannan has produced an overall 179-122 record throughout his 19 years as a head coach, including a 128-71 record in his most recent coaching at Goucher College in Towson, Md. Hannan spent 12 years as a coach at Goucher. Prior to his work with Goucher, Hannah was the head men’s lacrosse coach at Colorado College from 1998-2000 and Virginia Wesleyan College from 19931998. Hannah received his education at Salisbury University where he graduated in 1986 and was a four-year starting midfielder for the Sea Gulls. As a player, he received the Charles B. Clark Award for Salisbury’s best all-around men’s lacrosse player in 1985. “I want to thank Director of Athletics Jim Cole and President William D. Underwood for providing this opportunity to my family,” Hannan said. “I’m excited to continue developing my relationship with them and the entire middle Georgia community.”

Mercer Athletics

Jim Cole, director of athletics, announced on Aug. 6 that Head Coach Kyle Hannan will lead the Mercer Lacrosse team.

Athletes prepare for upcoming seasons, strive towards success Fall Sports Upcoming Games Men’s soccer Aug. 17 @ University of Central Florida 4 p.m.

Women’s soccer Aug. 17 vs. Southern Mississippi 7 p.m.

Volleyball Aug. 31 vs. Furman University 11 a.m.

Men’s golf Sept. 9 @ Kiawah Invitational

Women’s golf Sept. 10 @ Terrier Intercollegiate

Men’s cross country Schedule coming soon!

Women’s cross country Schedule coming soon!

By Bryson Jones Sports Editor

As the school year begins, several athletic teams across campus are already in preparation for their competitive seasons. Men’s and women’s soccer, cross country, and volleyball have all begun pre-season training. The men’s soccer team brings a wealth of experience onto the pitch this fall. Led by Atlantic Sun Conference first team member, Josh Shutter and second team member Joey Heavner, the Bears look to improve upon last year’s Atlantic Sun semi-final performance. From his center-back position, Shutter was able to amass an impressive three goals and four assists, while Heavner was credited for one goal and seven assists. Shutter was also named to the preseason All-Conference team.

Last year’s leading goal scorers junior Ehjay Henry and senior captain Will Betts will have yet another impressive season on the field. Last year, Henry and Betts both tallied five goals apiece to pace the Bears towards a successful season. With 11 freshmen added to the squad the bears should be all set to have another successful season. The bears were predicted to finish fourth in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Head women’s coach, Tony Economopolous, enters his first year as head coach for the Bears. Economopolous and the women’s soccer team looks to improve upon last year’s impressive run that saw them in the Atlantic Sun Tournament Finals. Unfortunately, the Bears came up short in that final, but the bitterness of last year’s defeat is sure to be fresh in their minds. Junior Nikki Atkinson, who had a stellar sophomore season in goal for the Bears, is set to be the net minder for the Bears again

this year. Atkinson boasted 0.74 goals against average while amassing an incredible .806 goals against average. Leading the Bears is senior captain P.A Upson. Upson had an incredible season in the back line for the Bears last year. Upson was one of the few people to play in all 20 matches for the Bears last year, and was able to score two goals as well as tally two assists. Also returning is sophomore Washida Blackman, who tallied four goals in her freshman year. Women’s volleyball is also working to improve upon last year’s performance under former head coach Noelle Rooke. In the winter, Rooke was replaced by current head coach Damian Elder. Elder began making improvements to his squad last spring during the Sand Volleyball season, and is continuing to push his players to become better all around the court. Leading attacker for the Bears last year was senior

Jennifer Katona. Katona was able to knock down 255 kills last year. Also returning for the Bears is senior setter, Monica Sanchez. Sanchez was able to dish out 504 assists last year, and looks to continue to be the playmaker for the Bears this fall. Men’s and women’s cross country teams are looking to have another impressive year. The men’s team is led by Junior Sony Prosper and Seniors Jacob Law and Chris Svidesskis. The women’s team’s front runner is Kacie Niemann. Both squads look to steadily improve throughout the year to make a run at a conference title. This fall should be an interesting one for the Bears with several head coach changes within the athletic department. Despite the new personnel, each team is expected to have a positive and successful season.

Students gear up for Intramural season By Katherine Manson Editor-in-Chief

Mercer Intramurals continues to offer students of all interests the chance to participate and get involved in various sports. Whether you are a sports fanatic, or just looking to meet new people, Mercer’s Intramural sports is a great way for students to get out and get active. Many organizations sign up to participate and compete in intramurals but it’s not just organizations that have the ability to form a team. Anyone can grab a few friends and register their team on www.IMleagues. com Todd Thomas, assistant director of recreational sports and wellness, explained that, “Intramurals are one of the premiere ways for all Mercer students to interact with students outside of their typical social structure. They get to meet people that they’re not going to see in their classes or their residence hall. They essentially get to expand their pool of people that they meet and somewhere in there chances are they’re going to find someone to connect with.” With almost 55 percent of the student body participating in intramurals of some kind, it’s likely that students will connect and meet a variety of people. “There’s tons of empirical research to suggest that those students who are involved in Student Affairs activities, including intramurals, show higher retention rates, higher

graduation rates, and higher GPAs,” said Thomas. Mercer’s Intramurals offers many different sports throughout the year, including competitive sports such as basketball, flag football and soccer. For those looking to just blow off some steam after class hours there are less competitive sports such as battleship, which takes place in Plunkett Pool during spring semester, and table tennis. “It’s also just fun. We do a ton

of special events each year that are fully intended to be noncompetitive and just fun,” said Thomas. “Battleship is a great event that’s not ultra competitive, our Championship Nights are always a big event, the Mercer Madness event last year had a great dodgeball tournament that drew a large crowd, and our Halloween 5K event this year partnering with Quadworks should be a lot of fun.” “So while there’s a whole lot

of intrinsic value in participating, I’m more than willing to admit that the main reason most people participate is because it’s a blast.” To register a team for an upcoming intramural season visit, enter your information with a valid Mercer email account and register your team.

Fall intramural sports and registration deadlines Soccer register by Aug. 30 games SundayThursday through early October

3v3 Basketball


register by Sept. 27 games Tuesdays and Thursdays through October

register by Oct. 25 plays Friday, Oct. 26

Sand Volleyball register by Aug. 30 games Tuesdays and Thursdays through September

Golf Scramble register by Sept. 6 Plays Friday, Sept. 7

Flag Football register by Oct. 4 games SundayThursday through mid-November

Indoor Volleyball register by Nov. 8 games SundayThursday through end of semester

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Olympians, Mercerians: One and the same

Former Bears Jimmy Carnes, Cindy Brogdon lead past teams to podium By Bryson Jones Sports Editor

Every four years, the entire world comes together as one for the largest sporting event in the world, the Olympics. The world watches in anticipation, hoping their home country’s athletes can bring home the coveted gold medal. With the Olympic Games being such a large competition, many athletes in different realms of athletics have the opportunity to showcase their talent for the entire world to see. Although it may not be as large as some of the country’s larger athletic programs, Mercer University has an Olympic tradition of its own. A few athletes and coaches who have graced Mercer University with their presence have been able to participate in the Olympics. James “Jimmy” Carnes at-

tended Mercer University from 1952 to 1956, where he played for the Mercer Bears basketball team and was a javelinthrower and high-jumper for the Bears track and field team. After a successful collegiate campaign in both sports, Carnes took his skills and began coaching at the high school level. After graduating college, Carnes accepted his first job as a physical education teacher and assistant coach for the football, basketball and track teams at Druid in DeKalb County, Georgia. In his second year at Druid Hills, he was named head coach of the track team. From 1957 to 1962, Carnes’ Druid Hills track teams were a perfect 52–0 in dual meets and captured six Georgia high school state championships, and he was recognized as the Georgia coach of the year six times. After being successful at a

Former Mercer Bear Cindy Brogdon helped lead the 1976 Olympic women’s basketball team to a silver medal in Montreal.

high school level, Carnes began to be highly sought after in collegiate athletics. In 1962, Carnes became the head cross country and track and field coach at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. His Furman track and field teams were 16–3 in dual meets, and won both the Southern Conference indoor and outdoor track and field championships in his two seasons there. After the 1964 track season, Carnes accepted the head coaching position at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. From 1965 to 1976, Carnes’ Florida Gators track and field teams finished in the top three in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) 15 times, won two SEC indoor track championships, and compiled a 93–3 overall record in dual meets. Among his many Gators track and field athletes were SEC individual champions, four NCAA individual champions and 24 All-Americans. It was obvious that Carnes had a knack for coaching, and this led him to be instated as one of the coaches for the U.S Olympic team. Carnes served as the assistant coach of the U.S. men’s track and field team for the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. He was named the head coach of the U.S. men’s track and field team that was forced to boycott the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow as a result of the Soviet Union’s 1979 invasion of Afghanistan. Carnes was inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame in 1980, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1984, the U.S Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame in 1998 and the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2008. Cindy Brogdon, a former Mercer athlete, played for Mercer University in 1976 and 1977 before transferring to the University of Tennessee. Brogdon was the first Geor-

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James “Jimmy” Carnes played basketball and ran track for the Mercer Bears from 1952 to 1956. After his athletic career at Mercer, Carnes pursued coaching where he was able to help several Olympians achieve their dreams of medaling on the world’s biggest stage. gian to play as a member of a United States Olympic Basketball team and helped the 1976 U.S. Women’s Olympic Basketball Team to a silver medal at the Montreal Summer Olympic Games while she was only a freshman at Mercer

University. In 1999, Brogdon was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame for her dedication and contribution to the sport of women’s basketball. Although Mercer University may not be necessarily known

for their athletics, these two athletes are absolute proof that Mercer University has helped produce some of the top athletes and coaches of all time and true Olympians who have helped progress their sports.

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