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October 6, 2011

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News JANELLE MONAE AND FUN. COME TO MACON

By Rebecca Payne Local Editor

This Saturday, popular recording artists Janelle Monae and fun. will perform at the Grand Opera House in Macon as part of Quadwork’s Fall Concert. Full story on Page 5

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HARRY POTTER COMES TO TARVER LIBRARY Tarver Library is home to the National Library of Medcine/ National Institute of Health’s travelling exhibit “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine.” Full story on Page 5

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Larry Brumley, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications and Chief of Staff, recently told the Cluster that the construction on the south side of campus is creating the stadium to hold Mercer football.

Mercer football location finalized By Cecilia Villagomez Staff Writer

POLICE CHIEF LOOKS TO LESSEN CRIME Macon Police Chief Gary Burns recently unveiled his Youth/Young Adult Violence Reduction Plan to the Public Safety Committee. The plan is in response to the recent cluster of shootings. Full story on Page 10

Sports WOMEN’S GOLF WINS EAT A PEACH INVITATIONAL

The Lady Bears golf team won their second consecutive Eat a Peace Collegiate Invitational at Oakview Golf Course on Sept. 18-19. The second place team was 40 strokes behind Mercer’s golfers. Full story on Page 12

Columns Lessons in Etiquette - Pg. 6 Globetrottin’: letters from abroad Kill Your Idols - Pg. 8 Behind the Jersey - Pg. 12 Viva la Sport! Pg. 13 It is what it is: Pg. 14

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“Architectural plans for the stadium are still being finalized, and more details about the seating capacity and configuration will be announced... during Homecoming Weekend.”

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The symphony of bulldozers moving large amounts of dirt, clay and cement has recently added themselves to the soundtrack of life on Mercer’s Campus. To accompany the noise, a black fence has blocked off an area of through-traffic that connected the east side of campus to the west. Students and faculty alike have had no choice but to notice the massive amounts of construction that is happening on the south side of campus. However, no one has explicitly stated what the construction is for and, as a result, rumors have filled the air. It is common knowledge that Mercer has reinstated at football team after a

Larry Brumley, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Chief of Staff 70 year hiatus. The inaugural season has been scheduled for fall 2013; the need for a football stadium and the timing of this reinstatement coincides perfectly with the current state of construction. The question then becomes: is the

construction that is encroaching on the various driving spaces, the intramural softball and intramural soccer fields for the new football stadium? see

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Macon split over proposed smoking ban

Over the past month, Mercer students have seen a rise in criminal activity in the area. More importantly, several of these recent criminal acts have directly affected students on the Macon campus. During the month of September, a car was reported stolen from behind Jittery Joe’s Coffee, two law students were mugged walking from downtown, two students were physically assaulted during a home invasion and seven cars were broken into in the parking lot directly across from the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity house. Over the summer, a law student was murdered and another female was kidnapped on Montpelier Avenue. Mercer students were the victims of all of these crimes. Larry Brumley, Senior Vice President for Marketing and Communications, said, “All of these incidents are unrelated. They didn’t have any relationship as far as we know.” All but two of these acts occurred off-campus. Gary Collins, Chief of Mercer Police, said, “You can’t stop crime from occurring and some of the things that have happened, unless an office was there, there’s no way they could prevent that crime.” The fact that these acts involved Mercer students as victims has raised awareness about crime in the city of Macon. “These are Mercer students being victims of crime. When it gets close to home you look more closely,” Collins said. The stolen car, which was originally reported stolen to Mercer Police, has recently been recovered undamaged by Macon Police. Chief Collins said that there were occupants in the car when the police found it, but the incident is still being investigated.

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On Thursday, Sept. 22, Macon City Council held a public hearing at City Hall to discuss the latest proposed smoking ordinance. The proposed ban would prohibit smoking at nearly all restaurants, bars and outdoor playgrounds. This is the second time a smoking ordinance has been brought forth to the council in the last year. Mayor Reichert vetoed the first ban for various reasons. The dominant issue of the night dealt with bars and restaurants. The audience, composed of individuals from Macon and surrounding areas, had various opinions and the council meeting became a debate forum. Larry Schleinger, Council President Pro Tempore, who presided over the hearing, had to quiet the public on several occasions. see

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SGA members Allison Harrison and Michael Robinson lead a campus tour during family weekend. The weekend began with women’s soccer and volleyball games, a Mercer players production and a movie screening in Bear Rock Cafe Friday night. Saturday provided parents and students the opportunity to enjoy a barbeque lunch on the quad, take pictures with Toby and learn about service-learning and study abroad opportunities.

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Opinions Alabama’s recent immigration laws racist to South American immigrants

Brittany Dant Opinions Editor It is time to take stock of our lives as Americans and face the question that has plagued our country for centuries: what should we do about immigration? Let us take it a bit further. What should we do about illegal immigration? Well, it seems that Alabama has a new plan to take on the question of immigration. This plan includes anti-immigration laws that require Alabama police to act as immigration enforcement agents by demanding proof of legal status from anyone appearing to be foreign. The laws also require public school officials to check the legal status of students and their parents before allowing children to attend public schools. All in all, the new laws will

limit access to housing, utilities, schools and employment to anyone who cannot produce the proper documentation proving that they are either American citizens or legal immigrants. While the Alabama law may be taking the question of immigration a bit too far— I mean, some of the provisions are downright racist — the new laws definitely shine the spotlight on the issue of illegal immigration. It cannot be denied that thousands of illegal immigrants are crossing our borders every year. From Cuba, to Mexico, to Latin and South America, there are plenty are immigrants flooding into the United States. There have been numerous reactions to this problem over the years. In the early 20th century, when thousands of Irish and Chinese immigrants came into the country, the solution was to contain the problem with separate ghettos. Now, when there are thousands of immigrants coming into the county from Mexico, among other countries, the solution is to tighten border security in an attempt to stop the immigration indefinitely. Regardless of if this approach is actually working, I wondered why this immigration is even an issue.

Society has allowed human nature to take a turn for the worse; what would God say? By Vernon Scott Guest Columnist vernon.t.scott@live.mercer.edu

Due to a reading assignment, I had a chance to revisit a song that I enjoy. Though it is kind of weird for a person to be reminded of a song while reading, it is more common than you may think. When I was reading “Servant, Birthright,” a poem by Pattiann Rogers, the song “One of Us” by Joan Osborne came to mind. In this song, Joan asks, “What if God was one of us?” This question is one that we all should ask each other. I must honestly say that it would not be as good as one might think. Over the years, people have begun to deviate from what can be recognized as kindness. If God was truly one of us, I honestly believe that there would be a very high chance that he would not be fully happy. God would experience what we all have experienced, maybe even more. This world that we live in now is more brutal and very dangerous. What we once described as being human nature has been perverted. People are being murdered for senseless things, they are easily corrupted by greed and they let their own selfishness rule their thoughts and deeds. Many people try their best to ask themselves what would Jesus do, but so far they are not coming up with the right answers. It has become common amongst many of us to ignore those in our very own neighborhoods. There are people who are struggling to get out of their situations, situations that could easily be fixed if you

would lend a hand. What if God was that lonesome hobo asking you for a few dollars to get himself something to eat? Many people would pass him by. Some would think that he is just going to use that money to buy himself some alcohol or crack, but who can blame them for thinking that? It’s truly not their fault that this world is constantly becoming more corrupt by the second. But that lonesome hobo shouldn’t have to suffer through a rampage of judgmental eyes either. Instead of giving him money to go get what you may be drugs, assist him in finding a safe place to sleep for the night. Help him find a haven to which he can return to so that he wouldn’t have to be all alone. Show him some kindness or some love, so he too can recognize that there is still some goodness in people. What if God was that kid that you picked on just because he or she was too fat or too ugly? What if God was that professor you gave a hard time, just because you hated their class? What if God was that pregnant girl you belittled because you viewed her as being too fast or promiscuous? What if God was that kid that no one reached out a helping hand to assist, who was constantly being beat every day when he went home from school? What if God was that kid who jumped in front of the bullet to save his loved one? What if God was that homosexual that you bullied because he was happy to be whoever he was? What if God was one of us? Comments and questions about this opinion can be sent to Vernon.T.Scott@live.mercer. edu. asd dfjsd sd

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Yes, illegal immigrants are “stealing” American jobs. Jobs that no American would choose to do in the first place, might I add. Yes, most of them do not speak English, and yes, some of them are abusing the housing and federal aid systems. But aside from all of that, are those things truly the real problem that most Americans have with illegal immigrants? Or is there another issue that goes straight past their job status to an issue of skin color? Would Americans react the same way if the immigrants were coming from European countries? Why do illegals from South American countries get more attention and action than illegals coming in from Canada? Could it be because Canadians look like the majority of us? Could it be that they speak the same language as us? Could it be that they blend in with us? Is the reason that illegal South American immigrants get such negative reactions because they stick out? Would we even care if they came in illegally if they were white and spoke English? Somehow I do not think so, because then, how would Alabama police know who to stop and from who to demand proof of status? We would all look

the same. I think the reason that illegal Hispanic immigrants get so much attention is because they cannot blend in with us; they stick out like a sore thumb. That fact that this racial discrimination is still present in our society is disgusting. When are we going to finally look past the issue of skin color and see that every person is truly a human being that deserves respect, regardless of the color of their skin or the language they speak? This is America; aren’t we supposed to be a country that embraces difference, not shuns it? Why can we not accept Hispanic immigrants like we have accepted European immigrants? I think it is high time to remember that the Civil Rights battles have already taken place and equal status has already been gained. Stop judging based on skin color alone, and if the problem truly is that of illegal status, crack down on all illegal immigrants and not just ones who look Hispanic.

Comments, questions, concerns, or critcisms about this column can be sent to opinions@mercercluster.com

(br)iefobservations World News An eight-member appellate court in Perugia, Italy, including two court judges, has overturned the homicide convictions of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito. Knox, an American college student studying abroad in Italy, was convicted of the 2007 murder of her roommate, 21-year-rold Meredith Kercher, in December of 2009. Kercher was found murdered in the apartment the two shared. Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison for the murder and Sollecito was sentenced to 25 years as an accompliss to murder.

Obama’s pre-condition of Israeli-Palestinian peace for statehood should be noted By Salim Ali Staff Writer salim.y.ali@live.mercer.edu

Last week, a symbolic event for a certain group of people and for the history books happened. President Mahmoud Abbas made a formal declaration for recognition as a state to the United Nations. Palestine has overwhelming support from other Arab nations and some Europeans, but conflict with Israel stands as a barrier to statehood. Politics is a game about deciding who gets what. Before any of us were born, decisions were made by the European powers that gave Israel a home, but at the cost of depriving the same from the Palestinian habitants of the land now known as Israel. Neither side was able to live with the other and this resulted in a war in 1967. The conflict goes on due to many failed attempts at peace talks and terrorist organizations like Hamas. As symbolically significant as this request of the UN may be for the Palestinian people, it is unlikely to pan out as they hope because the U.S. has said multiple times that they will veto any resolution to give Palestine what it wants. Based on what the American President has said, the belief is that Palestine becoming a recognized state without a pre-existing peace agreement between Palestine and Israel is likely to lead to even more conflict, which is the exact opposite of what all parties have stated that they want. An alternate option is that once the U.S. vetoes any resolution that comes through the security council, the Palestinians can hope for a General Assembly declaration that will allow them to give Palestine

official non-member observer status. Currently only the Vatican has that status. They do not have the same privileges of a fully recognized state, but they will at least be recognized as a sovereign entity. But don’t hold your breath, because the time frame is in months. I asked a buddy of mine who likes to keep himself informed about what goes on in the world about what he thinks about the situation, and this is what he had to say. “It should happen; there needs to be a shakeup in the peace process, but U.S. will veto it. But the U.S. should not veto, because of an opportunity to establish a positive relationship between Israelis and Arabs,” said Adi Shajikunar. Now, this is an opinion piece after all, and so with that I am of the opinion that Barack Obama is right in saying that a peace agreement must come first before statehood. The U.S. and Israel are in a position of strength. The U.S. has the power to veto and Israel has the support of the U.S. and occupies land that Palestine wants. Israel also has its own interests to think about, so it makes sense that the peace talks keep failing. Each party wants to walk away having what it wants, but the nature of compromise means that both sides will walk away unsatisfied with something. It’s partly because of the trump card—U.S. support— that Israel has, and as long as they are in a position of strength, they will press it to be the winners. But in my opinion, for peace, there must be sacrifice from both sides.

Comments and concerns about this piece can be emailed to Salim.Y.Ali@live.mercer.edu


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Come on ladies, it is time to embrace your beauty By Olivia Brayan Staff Writer Olivia.Jasmine.Brayan@live.mercer. edu

All women know that feeling, a sickening feeling that takes hold as you mistakenly glance at the rack in the grocery queue. Its starts in your gut and slowly rises as your eyes are captured by the stick-thin, perfectly-proportioned models staring up at you with their laughing eyes, like they know exactly what’s going through your mind. Women have become standardized. We are told and consequently misinformed. The majority of the female population has come to believe that if they don’t look, act, or dress a certain way that they will never be considered pretty, or – dare I say – beautiful. Who is to blame for this misconception? We all are in some way. The whole fashion world is made for the visual pleasure and it’s a well-known fact that men are the more visuallystimulated of the two genders. But, ladies, come on. We are stuffed, stitched and set on display in a dress that is complemented by heels we can barely walk in. Then we loudly complain as we sip on water and eat like a bird to remain the perfect size, so the next day we can wake up and feel semisatisfied with the helpless girl we stare at in the mirror. You’ve got to admit that at some point in time the cycle gets a bit old. We live in a new era of change. There are numerous

avenues a person could take to transform who they are into their dream persona. A person can go from that quiet pretty girl to a loud bombshell overnight if they truly wanted to. As long as you have enough money and connections you could change your very genetic make-up. You know, those sorry excuses for genes dear old Mom and Dad gave you that didn’t give you that natural eight-pack. Yet, let’s be honest, if you aren’t happy with who you are, no amount of plastic surgery or hair dye is going to change that. It’s what’s inside that can change that, and how you view yourself is the only thing that’s going to make what you see in the mirror any better. In the olden days—by this I mean before we had electricity —if you had some curve to you, it meant you were attractive and valued. So when did this change, when did we start to view anorexia as sexy? The fashion industry does not help much, either: I know when I’m looking down at that “beautiful” model with her sparkling eyes, it’s really not her. That’s an over-edited, underfed young woman who probably doesn’t even have that small of hips. So why do we try to look like her? I have watched some of my closest friends struggle to fit into society’s molds; I myself have struggled. Ever since I was younger, all I wanted was to be like tiny, cute, straighthaired girls in my class. Then one day it hit me: I can’t try to look like them because I never will. I’m a big-boned girl, I’ve got a mess of crazy,

“But, ladies, come on. We are stuffed, stitched and set on dislay in a dress that is complimented by heels we can barely walk in. Then we loudly complain as we sip on water and eat like a bird to remain the perfect size, so the next day we can wake up and feel semi-satisfied with the helpless girl we stare at in the mirror.”

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puffy curls that, more often than not, chose to do whatever they want, and if I were still on MySpace my body type would be “a little more to love.” So I’ve got to be honest with myself; nothing short of extensive surgery would change all that. Then I realized, the more I looked in the mirror, the more I liked what I saw. It took me

Heavily photo shopped advertisements portraying sickly skinny super models in provocative poses give young women an unrealistic image to emmulate, resulting in insecure women more prone to eating disorders and body dysmorphia syndrome. eighteen years, numerous diglued to that magazine cover, every cosmetic mistake. ets, countless bottles of hair remember it probably took a It’s like that British singer, dye and a lot of words of wiswhole day for that girl to get Jessie Jay, says: “There’s nothdom, but it finally hit me. I’m anywhere close to that ‘beauty’ ing wrong with who you are!” beautiful the way I am. and a team of photo editors to So, ladies, go easy on yourgive her that extra boost. Comments, concerns, critiselves. I don’t know about you, but cisms or questions on this Don’t change to fit society’s the last thing I want is a guy opinion can be sent to Olivia. expectations, make your own. following me around campus Jasmine.Brayan@live.mercer. And next time your eyes are with an eraser trying to fix my edu.

Procrastination not the way to go, tips for success neccessary Citizenship: an archaic practice

Garret McDowell Columnist I submitted my first grad school application this past Friday, September 30. It was one of the most thrilling yet terrifying moments in my life to bring it to the post office. Holding the thick stack of essays and application materials made me realize just how close May 2012 is. I know I’m preaching to the choir for my senior class, and I know that all of you who aren’t in my position really can’t relate to this unless you’re applying to some awesome program or internship in the near future. You really can’t understand the feeling until you hold the application to your first-choice school in your hands. It is a little like what Plato describes with “The Cave,” as in having your eyes opened. As for what I did, I plan on going to seminary/divinity school after this year. I applied to McAfee School of Theology at the Mercer-Atlanta campus. The Early Decision deadline and scholarship consideration deadline is very soon, so I finally sent it out. I have been working on this for weeks. I wrote four full pages for one question alone, and I had four to do. I spent ages working under the tutelage of Dr. Richard Wilson, to whom I owe quite a bit for having gone over them a few times, and I also owe a thank you to Professor Jenny Zimmerman for the editing. I also want to thank Dr. Brian Rood, Dr. Craig McMahan, and Dr. Janell Johnson for having written recommendation letters. However, I don’t want to just thank people. I want to give tips to all of you about the process. While I have just sent one out, I also have two-to-three more in the works, as Campbell, Duke, and maybe Wake Forest are all soon with their deadlines as well. While it’s been tough to balance all of this with the massive amount of writing for classes lately, it has only better

prepared me. Longtime readers of The Cluster will remember that I wrote about procrastination a year-and-a-half ago, after some pretty serious issues in my life. While I’ve bounced back well since then, the dangerous temptation of procrastination sits on the fence all the time. That deadline will sneak up on you faster than you realize. It feels quite empowering to have gotten that big project, paper, application, etc. done ahead of schedule. Your work is also better. While I was one to always say my best work came out under pressure, I learned that I can apply my own pressure early on in the project deadline in order to get similar and even better work. My grades have rebounded this year, and I might get to graduate cum laude or higher after all. Anyway, this leads me to my first tip about grad school application: start applying as early as possible and force deadlines on yourself. Your professors are busy. Actually, they’re busier than you. You are not the busiest person on the planet, even though it’s easy to fall into that way of thinking. This lesson was one I had to get over in order make sure that I didn’t just drop application materials and recommendation forms on a professor’s desk and ask for them to do it now. Okay, yes, I did this to you, Prof. Zimmerman, but it was editing an essay! Most professors will gladly do a letter for you if you have a good relationship, but you just have to give them time. Hence, my second tip: identify your professors early on and tell them early on! More than likely, you’re writing something. I know that this is redundant, but you are going to need to write the best essays of your life. They have to be on point and part of a greater body of work called your grad school application. I personally wouldn’t have been qualified for those essays if I hadn’t been writing continually for The Cluster, my own personal items, and writing-intensive courses. A student majoring in something that doesn’t focus on writing needs to make sure he or she keeps writing in some regards in order to be prepared for the essay process in their applications. This leads me to my third tip, one that will really prove to be

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“That deadline will sneak up on you faster than you realize. It feels quite empowering to have gotten that big project, paper, application, etc. done ahead of schedule. Your work is also better.” valuable if not self-explanatory and expected: practice writing in your discipline as much as possible. In essence, most of these tips are probably already in your minds. This stuff might be unnecessary. However, you know that classes build up, and all of a sudden, you have four tests and a paper the same week as your application’s deadline. Hence, my fourth tip: apply as soon as possible. You will do better and have more time to devote to it. I know that this is what saved my application from being lost in translation while my papers took over my life. This leads me to my final tip: treat your application like a term paper or final project. You’ll do better and have a higher chance of getting into your dream job. This is something that everyone should pay attention to. All in all, these five tips are something I came up with to help me get my application(s) out on time. I hope to hear back from my number one choice soon in the positive sense, but it’s in God’s hands now. Hence, I pray and hope for the best. I don’t think you should do a shoddy job and hope to get lucky, but I think that having faith in yourself helps quite a bit. I wish all of you the best on your grad school, program, or internship applications. I’m definitely in the same boat, waiting around for a reply now. I can’t wait! Comments on this column can be sent to Garret. mcdowell@gmail.com.

By Ross Tripi Staff Writer Rosstripi@gmail.com

The issue of immigration reform is moot because citizenship is an archaic practice. It is the last vestige of medieval governance where the individual is property of the state. It promotes unnecessary rivalries and discrimination between people groups and forces employers to make irrational decisions with regards to hiring practices. Citizenship is the way in which the state keeps tabs on who exists, how much they have, and how much can be taken. The state identifies the number of citizens and their income by means of a census. It then uses this data to conduct an income tax under the auspices of paying for programs that, albeit poorly, improve the lives of the under-privileged. In actuality, these social programs create a sort of black hole for money by hiring people to do work that ultimately produces nothing. Similarly, when citizens reach the age of eighteen years they are required to sign up for selective service. A practice which exists solely to allow for a draft should the government ever decide to reinstate it. And what is the draft but a way of the government telling the citizen “you are not your own person, and you do not own your life. Your life is ours and there is nothing you can say about it.” Even if someone is morally opposed to conflict, they are forced to act against their conscience and fight according to the whims of those in power. Citizenship is, then, a sacrifice of one’s ethics in favor of the state’s desires. Governments that practice citizenship ultimately deny the belief that rights are given to people as individuals and exist apart from the state. Q.E.D. when a government will allow a citizen the right to a fair trial by

“Governments that practice citizenship ultimately deny the belief that rights are given to people as individuals and exist apart from the state. Q.E.D. when a government will allow a citizen the right to a fair trial by his peers but denies to give a prisoner of war the same option, they are disregarding their allegedly held principles that all men are created equal and are endowed with certain unalienable rights.”

his peers but denies to give a prisoner of war the same option, they are disregarding their allegedly held principles that all men are created equal and are endowed with certain unalienable rights. It can be said that citizenship creates a sort of arbitrary favoritism for one group over another, basically denying the humanity of the latter. It is possible to reform our current system that implements citizenship. The first step is to eliminate the income tax and replace it with a national sales tax. Then at the same time eliminate the minimum wage system.

The reason why it is currently preferable for employers to hire non-citizens is because they do not have to report what they make to the government for the sake of withholding taxes. This then makes their employees invisible to the state and can then be paid below minimum wage. If the income tax is eliminated, everyone, resident and alien alike, will all have to pay taxes with no way to dodge them. With the minimum wage gone, all potential employees are placed on an equal playing field and their job qualifications will determine if they are hired, not how easily their boss can evade the law by hiring them. The second step to burying the policy of citizenship is to end selective service. People should not be subject to the whims of the government, especially if those whims require them to sacrifice their life. The government should return to a policy of volunteering for military service. Only those whose consciences allow should have to fight. The replacement for citizenship should be a system of residency-based programs. If someone wants a driver’s license, it should be designated to them based on where they live. When voting, each resident should be issued a voter ID relative to where they live. A nation is made up of the people who choose to live there. There should be no unnecessary hoops to jump through simply to gain the right to work and vote in a country where one already resides. Many people desire to live in the United States because of the freedoms and opportunities we purportedly have. They should not be turned away because they don’t want to be made property of the state. In a truly free society, there is no citizenship. Everyone is his own man. Comments and questions about this column can be emailed to Rosstripi@gmail. com.


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To address this question, Larry Brumley, Senior Vice President for Marketing Communications, confirmed the rumors floating around campus about the construction of the new football stadium. The site work that is

underway on the south side of campus is indeed for “the intercollegiate football program, which will resume competition in the fall of 2013.” In addition to the football field, the preliminary construction site work underway is also “for the field and field house to serve as home for Mercer’s intercollegiate lacrosse

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A banner announcing the future home of Mercer Football and Mercer Lacrosse was placed outside the preliminary construction site where the field and stadium will be at.

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“We haven’t had one of those [incidents] in years,” said Brumley. Two law students were the victims of a mugging in downtown Macon less than a month ago. The incident occurred after midnight while the two were walking home from a bar. Chief Collins urges students to utilize transportation resources available to students and not to walk home in these areas. Students can use the Mercer Trolley system or call a cab. “We cannot control the city of Macon. Call 9-11 immediately if you are off-campus and students can call us if they are in close vicinity of campus.” While Mercer Police do have jurisdiction within several miles of campus, they cannot police the entire area. “Our main focus is campus,” Collins said. On Sept. 20, two Mercer females living off-campus were the victims of a home invasion. Both students were transported to the hospital and suffered injuries from the assault. Since the incident occured, the victims have terminated their lease and Mercer has provided the students with on-campus housing. “Dr. Pearson handled the details of the on-campus housing after the incident and they took him up on it.” Brumley said. While, many students face the issue of the affordability of oncampus housing, the Macon Police Department urges students Macon Police urge students interested in off-campus housing to call the City of Macon for crime statistics in these areas. “There is a reason why these houses are cheap,” said Brumley. “We don’t have the jurisdiction to patrol these areas.” “Before you sign a contract, check crime statistics,” said Chief Collins. “Look for a gated community with security.” Mercer University President, Bill Underwood, hopes to implement a four-year-housing requirement in the future. Brumley said, while safety is not the main reason to implement this new requirement, it does give more control to the University and provide students with greater security and safety. “Our highest priority is safety, but students, faculty and staff have to do their part and make wise decisions,” Brumley said. Currently, University officials are meeting to come up with a more effective way to educate students on safety. Seven students were also the victims of car break-ins on campus. “Mercer Police apprehended the suspect and most of the stolen items were returned to the victims,” Collins said.

“Macon has its ups and downs and I’m certainly hoping that the crime rate starts declining. Macon Police are hoping to get youth involved in good things. I think if these new programs are put into effect, it will help a great deal.” Gary Collins, Mercer Police Chief He advises that students do not leave change out in the open for people to see, GPS devices, phone charges or even mounts for GPS systems. Currently, there are no cameras in the parking lot that these cars were located in. The University is not held responsible for covering the cost of damages to these vehicles and students’ insurance policies will have to replace the windows. If the defendant is found guilty, restitution can be ordered to all victims involved in these breakins. “Macon has its up and downs and I’m certainly hoping that the crime rate starts declining. Macon Police are hoping to get youth involved in good things. I think if these new programs are put into effect, it will help a great deal,” Collins said. He said that Mercer Police do their best to eliminate crime, but some incidents are inevitable.

program, which began competition last spring.” The projected price tag for the field house and field with turf is around $6 million, none of which is being drawn from educational funds or other Mercer resources, but rather being funded based off of donations and fundraisers. In an interview conducted earlier this year, Jim Cole, Mercer University’s Athletic Director, offered a brief comment about the size of the stadium. He stated, “We don’t want a big stadium... We’re looking at around 6,000 seats.” However, in a more recent interview, Larry Brumley stated that “Architectural plans for the stadium are still being finalized, and more details about the seating capacity and configuration will be announced at the formal groundbreaking ceremony during Homecoming Weekend.” As Homecoming Weekend approaches, more information about the details of Mercer’s plans for the future of the athletics program is being revealed. As far as groundbreaking for the construction of the football field is concerned, the groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 2:00 pm on Friday, November 11th.

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The projected price for the field house and field with turf is around $6 million, none of which is being drawn from educational funds or other Mercer resources, but rather donated.

Families attend numerous events for Family Weekend By Mallory Dyal Staff Writer mallorydyal@gmail.com

Mercer held its annual Family Weekend on September 23, 24 and 25. According to Carrie Ingoldsby, Director of Campus Life and Student Involvement, Family Weekend was a great success, with over 150 families registered to attend. Additionally, many family members of upperclassmen came to support their students who were performing and participating in sports and other events. This year’s schedule was packed with numerous activities held on campus and around Macon, so families had plenty of options to choose from when deciding how to spend their time. On Sept. 23, there were a variety of options for entertainment. The volleyball and women’s soccer teams both played Lipscomb, with the soccer team winning 3-0. Also, Mercer Theater presented I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change to a full house in the Backdoor Theater. Rain didn’t keep students and their families from enjoying Cars 2. It was originally scheduled to be shown on Porter Patch but was moved inside to the Bear Rock Café. The Mercer bookstore remained open until 8 p.m., and the restaurants in Mercer Village gave family discounts. Sept. 24 began with an event that was new to Family Week-

end this year. Mercer administrators and faculty members ate breakfast with students and their families in the Bear Rock Café. The breakfast was very well-attended, and it provided families with an opportunity to visit with faculty members on a one-on-one basis. The Family Weekend welcome program was held in Willingham Auditorium. It included informative presentations about LEAP (Local Engagement Against Poverty) and Mercer on Mission. The barbecue lunch on the quad is a popular part of Family Weekend, and this year was no exception. “We were glad to have beautiful weather, which made the lunch a success,” said Ingoldsby. Many families also took advantage of photo opportunities with Toby the Bear and the Mercer car. Several different tours were given throughout the day in order to show student’s families more of Mercer’s campus as well as the Macon community. Families could choose a tour of the Administration building tower during the morning, trolley tours of downtown Macon during the afternoon and a lighted tour of historic homes around Mercer during the evening. Sept 24 afternoon was also filled with activities. These included a rock climbing wall, information sessions about various organizations such as Mercer on Mission, Campus Life and Study Abroad and a volleyball match against Bel-

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Freshman Carrie Bozeman and her little sister took advantage of the photo opportunities with Toby the Bear. mont. Mercer Singers also had a concert that evening in honor of Famiy Weekend. Ten restaurants, including all of the restaurants in Mercer Village and several res-

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Many families went on guided tours of Mercer’s campus. This year, the weekend included athletic events, theatre productions, information sessions and a breakfast with faculty.

taurants downtown, offered discounts to families with their “VIF” (Very Important Family) discounts. The evening ended with another sold-out performance of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, which is currently Mercer’s longest running show in history. The performance has had much success and was able to be performed to family members who were interested. Sept. 25 ended Family Weekend with several family activities. Families were invited to attend a worship service at Centenary United Methodist Church. The women’s soccer team played a match against Belmont and Mercer Theatre presented a third showing of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. The Mercer Bookstore was open from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. for last-minute shopping before families returned home. The annual event had a packed schedule of events. Not only did families get the opportunity to enjoy spending time with their student, Family Weekend allowed them to experience Mercer and its surrounding area first-hand.


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Mercer Players end longest-lived show By Christopher Kennedy Staff Writer christopher.r.kennedy @live.mercer.edu

The Mercer Theatre Department held the last performance of the hit musical: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change on September 25th, 2011. This show is the second-longest running Off-Broadway musical and is now the longest running show in Mercer Theatre history. The story is told through short, mostly disparate vignettes, but the performance has a quick pace and a subject matter everyone can relate to.This show was ideal for Mercer Theatre because it used a small cast and crew, the music could be played on a keyboard, and by the taste of Director Scott Mann who said that this was “A musical I have always enjoyed.” When it first opened on April 7th, 2011 the Mercer’s Backdoor Theatre, with seating for an audience of only 60, had to turn people away every night of its’ two week run. It was the suggestion of one of these turned away patrons that the show have a second run. When Director Scott Mann heard this suggestion, he realized that it was an ideal time to have a show repeated. Most of the cast and crew were able to return making for a lighter work load thus allowing the Theatre Department to give more focus to the two upcoming shows at Macon’s Grand Opera House.

A repeat of a show is unprecedented in Mercer Theatre history, however, it has been a great success. When asked about what made the show so popular among the Mercer-Macon community, Mann indicated the familiarity of the plot and themes to everyone. “Every scene is about relationships” Mann said, “[and] every audience member fits in at one time.” That is certainly part of the magic of this show that has kept it so popular over since its premier offBroadway in 1996. The show has been translated in to more than a dozen languages and preformed around the world, however the unique atmosphere of Mercer’s Backdoor Theatre, located in the cozy basement of Willingham Hall, added a tangible sense of participation. Of the quaint Theatre, Mann said that the small size and closeness of the seating to the stage “makes it more immediate for the audience; it feels like they are really participating.” This is just one more way Mercer has taken a well known work and presented it in a unique style. While this theatre experience at Mercer has concluded, there are many upcoming shows where students and community members can experience the Magic of Mercer Theatre. One will be an exceptional “steam-punk” rendition of Alice in Wonderland to be preformed at the Grand Opera House November 10th, 2011 only. For spring semester 2012

Mercer explores ‘Harry Potter’ in exhibits, lectures By Salim Ali Staff Writer salim.y.ali@live.mercer.edu

The wonderful wizarding world of Harry Potter has come to Mercer. For starters, to get you of your muggle bubble are a series of lectures that discuss topics from societal issues to werewolves and even a sprinkle of sparkling Twilight gets thrown into the cauldron. For a schedule of the events just visit the Jack Tarver Library and check out the Harry Potter exhibit. Unless you’ve been charmed by see nothing spell you can not miss it because your first clue will be the figure of Harry Potter aiming a wand at you. In the juvenile section you’ll find the rest of the exhibit which features figures a Snow Owl and a Great Horned Owl among other things.Besides the exhibit and the lectures there is also a chance to eat Harry Potter food. The event is called Harry’s Hot Plates on October 20th with the place to be determined. There is also a chance to live out your wizarding fantasies via the Harry Potter costume contest on Novermber 4th at 7 p.m with more information for both events to be found at the exhibit.You are encouraged to attend the lectures. The last one I went to had chocolate dogs, Hagrid and the biggest dog I had ever seen. The lecture was given by Professor Richardson who also revealed to the audience that he was also Albus Dumbledores’ cousin Aberforth Dumbledore. Who would have thunk it? I had a chance to ask the Professor a few questions. What is your involvement with the Tarver Library’s Harry Potter display? I gave the opening presentation in a series of talks and panels that were scheduled to accompany the library display, What is it about Harry Potter that inspired you to dedicate a whole class to it? I find them intriguing in any number of ways. First, I came to them with my children and recognized the power the books had to inspire children to read. Second, although I routinely teach literary masterpieces of several nations and times, I am also interested in the creation and evolution of cultural values attached to non-canonical

forms of literature, such as fantasy. Third, the books let me reach students that I would not otherwise encounter with an enjoyable text that students are eager to read and discuss. Fourth, I have the opportunity to encourage students to read more carefully

“I find them intriguing in any number of ways. First, I came to them with my children and recognized the power the books had to inspire children to read. Second, although I routinely teach literary masterpieces of several nations and times, I am also interested in the creation and evolution of cultural values attached to non-canonical forms of literature, such as fantasy. ” Gary Richarson, English Department chair

and deeply by showing them the rewards that attend the effort in a series of books they already enjoy. Fifth, they are fun to read. At the end of the first lecture we got an opportunity to meet Hagrid and his pet. Will we get another chance to meet Hagrid again and his massive dog? I do not know.

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The Mercer Players recently performed their last rendition of the hit musical I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. The play’s first run opened in April 2011 and continued to thrive, often having to turn attendees away due to limited seating. there will be The Colored Museum at the Back Door Theatre in February and the final performance of the academic year

will be a cooperative effort between Mercer Opera and Mercer Theatre to preform A Little Night Music at the Grand

Opera House. Finally, when asked for any further comments on the success of I Love You, You’re Per-

fect, Now Change, he said he gives his thanks to the cast, crew, and Mercer community for their support.

Janelle Monae and Fun hit Mercer By Emily Farlow Staff Writer emilyfarlow92@gmail.com

If you’ve been in the Connell Student Center lately, you may have noticed students selling tickets at a table. If you haven’t, then you’re way behind, because this Friday, October 7th, Quadworks is bringing the Fall Concert back to Mercer. Janelle Monae and fun. have teamed up for the Campus Consciousness Tour, a tour aimed at raising awareness about environmental issues, and will be performing at Macon’s Grand Opera House at 8 p.m. on Friday night. Mercer used to host Fall Concerts in the past, but when attendance began to drop, they pulled the plug. However, students asked for the Fall Concerts to be brought back, and now QuadWorks has decided to “give them what they want,” said Cindy Drury, the person in charge of organizing the event. The Grand seats over one thousand people, and QuadWorks is hoping for a sold out show. “We can’t have another concert if this one doesn’t sell out,” said Drury, who assured that tickets would be on sale until the last minute--as long as there are tickets left to sell. They are expecting a lot of walk ups. “College kids aren’t the best planners,” laughed Drury. On the day of the concert, the sponsors of the Campus Consciousness Tour (Ben and Jerry’s, Silk Soy Milk, and Brita) will be on campus to

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Genre-blending R&B artist Janelle Monae will be playing Mercer’s fall concert at the Grand Opera House, backed with indie-pop artists fun. Check page 8 for an interview with Monae. hand out free samples. There will also be a special appearance by a surprise guest there to get people excited, so be sure to go and check it out (and buy your ticket at the QuadWorks table)! Tickets are $8 for students and $15 for the public. If you can’t catch the QuadWorks table, you can stop by The Grand’s box office (located at 400 Poplar Street) or the University Center box office and buy your tickets. If you can’t manage that, then you can get your tickets by calling Mercer Ticket Sales at (478) 301-5470, or online at tickets.mercer.edu. Be sure to hurry, though, because there

isn’t much time left! The Fall Concert is sure to be awesome, especially considering the popularity of QuadWorks’ other major concert in the spring: the Bearstock Music and Arts Festival. QuadWorks knows how to get big, talented artists, boasting previous Bearstock acts such as 3OH!3, We the Kings, Cartel, and Gym Class Heroes. With a track record like this, why wouldn’t you want to go to the Fall Concert, too? Janelle Monae and fun. isn’t the only QuadWorks event to be excited about. Homecoming week will be October 8 through 12, and Mercer Mad-

ness, which kicks off the Mercer basketball season, starts October 22nd. Drury also said that students should be expecting a survey to come out within the next month which will ask them who they’d like to see at this year’s Bearstock Festival. “[The Fall Concert] is the best opportunity to see stellar bands for a pretty low cost. Why wouldn’t you want to go?” asked Drury, saying “Don’t be stuck in your room on a Friday night. You won’t regret [going to the event].” Editor’s note: If you’re interested in seeing Janelle Monae live, check out page 8 for an exlusive interview with her.

issues. However, the contention of transferring a relatively small portion of the budget was quite unexpected – especially on my part,” said SGA President Jordan Locke. Locke said that because the Conference and Lodging Fund is a new addition to the SGA Budget, he and Vice President Ekeke had to make an estimation as to how to allocate money to the three Fiscal Affairs fund: Bear Grants, Special Funding and Conference and Lodging. “Although approximately $2,000 seems like a lot to be taken out of the line item for Conference and Lodging Funding, there will still be approximately $20,000 left in the budget. The legislation did pass, with a single amendment to delay voting on Students for Environmental Action’s grant request until next Monday’s senate. Senior Trent White, Senior Senator for SGA, voted no on

the legislation. “I voted no because the bill was over budget. Funds were moved from Conference and Lodging funding to cover the extra $3,462. Judging from years of past experience, several organizations will not be able to attend conferences as a result and we will most likely get more than this amount in refunds at the end of the year. This refund money will therefore not go to student organizations as it was originally intended,” White said. White also stated that there is a mechanism in place for Fiscal Affairs to cut a small percentage along all line items, and he feels this process was bypassed. Locke said he is pleased the legislation passed and, although the committee went over its proposed budget, he does not think groups seeking funding for conferences will be adversely affected. “Per last year’s budget, we esti-

mated that if a Conference and Lodging Fund had existed, we would have spent approximately $16,560. The monies that will remain in for Conference and Lodging will be approximately $20,000. Therefore, theoretically, we’ll be able to fund even more organizations than last year,” he said. Locke said that Student Organization Funding is important to his administration, a reason why the Fiscal Affairs Budget is larger than any other committee budget, including the executive/operational budget. Although the conversation was heated at times, Locke said he is glad the discussion took place. “Democracy as an institution would not be nearly as effective without discussions like the one we had on Monday. I am personally pleased that funding was passed and am looking forward to seeing the student requests for the remaining funding,” he said.

SGA Bear Grant vote generates debate By Liz Bibb Editor-in-chief editor@mercercluster.com

Mercer’s Student Government Association voted Monday night on legislation to approve Bear Grant applications. Requests for Bear Grant funding were submitted several weeks ago, and student organizations eligible for funding met with SGA’s Fiscal Affairs committee prior to Monday’s senate. Discussion about the vote became heated as the night went on. A key point of contention was the transfer of money from both the Conference and Lodging Fund (new this year) and Special Funding to make up for a budget overage in Bear Grant Funding. “I was pleased to see Senators taking an active stance when approaching student


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Lessons in Etiquette

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Mercer ASIA fifth at Dragon Boat Festival By Ashley Mann Staff Writer

Carolyn Davenport

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Q) I have been invited to two special events, and I want to make a good impression at both. One is a cocktail party for a client after work at an upscale hotel, in one of their ballrooms. The other is a holiday party at my boss’ home. My problem is that I am never sure what to wear. Please help.

According to Chinese Legend, 2,000 years ago there lived a noble man who was favored by many. In his attempt to give advice to the king, he was rejected and banished from the court. Troubled by the atrocities taking place, the noble man jumped into a river and took his life. Fisherman raced their boats to save him, but arrived too late. Today, the Dragon Boat Festival serves as a reenactment of that fateful day. The event, hosted at the site of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games rowing and paddling events, featured an opening ceremony with monks dotting the eye of the dragon and bringing it to life. Filled to capacity this year, the Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival is hoping to make the festival a two-day long event next year. The festival, held every year at Lake Lanier, features breast cancer awareness organizations and competitive teams that participate in the 250 meter race. Members of the Mercer Asian Society and Interest Association (ASIA) participated in the

A) Let’s review the client cocktail party first. Since it is after work, you have two options. If you don’t have time to go home and change, you can wear something appropriate to work and just freshen up before the party, or you can bring a change of clothes to work. In either case, your attire should be business dress, which means a suit for both men and women. It should be dark in color and in good condition with no missing buttons, and no tears or stains. Men should have a crisp white shirt and nice tie with a matching pocket square, if possible. Skirted suits for ladies should be at least knee length. Ladies should wear a pretty blouse that coordinates with the suit. Keep jewelry to a minimum, with no clanging bracelets or earrings. You want to be “seen and not heard.” A nice string of pearls is always chic. Keep perfume to a minimum, and have a nicely coiffed hairstyle with subdued makeup. You want to look conservatively elegant, not wildly glamorous. Close-toed shoes and hosiery are a must for ladies. Shoes for both men and women should be in good condition and polished. You won’t go wrong if you follow the “less is more” guideline. It should go without saying that in a business setting, whether in the office or out socially, body piercings other than earlobes, as well as tattoos, should never be seen. Now for your boss’ holiday party. Hopefully, the invitation stated the dress code for the evening. If not, it is perfectly acceptable to ask your boss so you will be dressed properly for the event. Generally speaking, holiday parties are a little dressier than at other times of the year, even when they are held in someone’s home. So for gentlemen, a dark-colored business suit would be appropriate, unless the invitation calls for formal attire, in which case a tuxedo is in order. For ladies, the always fashionable “little black dress” would be perfect. If you prefer a brighter color, that’s fine, but keep it cocktail length for a dress, or perhaps a dressier pantsuit would be more comfortable. You may dress up your outfit with nicer jewelry, possibly a pretty broach or sparkling necklace with matching earrings. Also, hosiery with high-heeled shoes would finish your look.

Features 15th annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, placing fifth in the collegiate level. Mei Lin, president of Mercer Asia, said, “I heard about it through friends who went to other schools. They were talking about the Dragon Boat Festival, and I thought hey why doesn’t Mercer do this? This sounds interesting.” Only the top six schools were ranked, which included: Kennesaw State, Georgia Perimeter, Georgia Tech, The University of Georgia, Gwinnett Technical College and Mercer University. Mercer ASIA vice president Ashley Chackalayil said, “One of our main goals was doing the dragon boat festival, and thankfully we accomplished that. When people think of Asia they only think China. We want them to realize that there is a huge variety of countries in Asia.” Mercer ASIA aims to incorporate the Asian culture within the Mercer community. “We felt like Mercer was lacking an Asian club, because Georgia Tech, The University of Georgia and a lot of big schools have it. It is for students who are interested in the Asian culture. We felt like Mercer needed more culture,” said Chackalayil. Started just last January, Mercer ASIA has hosted events

such as sushi night and the mid-Autumn festival. “People came and made their own sushi roll and then we watched an Asian movie. We celebrated the Chinese New Year when we first started the club in January,” said Lin. Chinese New Year is considered one of the most important traditional Chinese holidays. In China it is known as “Spring Festival.: This organization is not limited to their on-campus endeavors, as they continuously play an active role by participating in initiatives off campus as well. With nearly 23 members participating in the festival, the organization was surprised at their win. “We did not stay until the end, so we did not find out we placed until the next day,” said Lin. Mercer ASIA hopes to spread awareness about their initiatives on campus through this victory. “Other than celebrate the different holidays in the Asian culture, we want to help the community as well. We really want to get our name out there,” said Lin. Support this budding organization as they continue to incorporate cultural diversity on campus!

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Campus organization Mercer ASIA participated in the 15th annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival and placed fifth.

We like the cars, the cars that go boom By Alaisha Key Staff Writer Alaisha.kryion.key@live.mercer.edu

Many of you have seen some pretty sweet rides zoom past on campus, or you might have stopped dead in your tracks to admire the dream car that caught your attention in the parking lot. The question that comes to mind is: Who does that belong to and where can I get one of those? The Cluster has tracked down a few of the owners of some of these sexy automobiles that have you salivating. They can tell you the real deal on what it’s really like to own one of these luxury cars. Senior Kati Mogil is the owner of a black ‘06 Mustang that she has named Stella. Mogil purchased her car “back home at the Ford dealership in New Jersey. It was not my first choice. It was my second. My first choice

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Mercerians drive a wide array of cars that are, let’s admit it, sexy. Ernestine Dahn is the proud driver of this Beamer. was a Nissan 350Z.” Even so, she absolutely loves driving this car around. When asked what makes her car sexy, she replied, “Because I drive

it.” When asked about some of the cooler features of Mogil’s car, she said her Chi Omega sticker and her sound system are what stand out.

Junior Ashley Chackalayil drives a Lexus LX 470. “It’s just too special to be named,” said Chackalayil. The sexiest feature of the car for her is the grill. “It was my first choice; I feel safer in it,” said Chackalayil. Though she feels like her car is dependable, the upkeep on the car is not so favorable. “It’s reliable, but expensive,” explained Chackalayil. She would recommend a Lexus; “Though I may prefer something that didn’t guzzle gas,” said Chackalayil. Senior Ernestine Dahn drives a BMW 330I. “The car is sleek; it’s black. It’s just a sexy car,” said Dahn. “I have not named it yet. Technically, it is my father’s car. It’s mine for the semester, but it’s still his,” said Dahn. One of the features that Dahn likes about the car is the computer-based system. “I really like the push-to-start feature. All you have to do is stick the key in the ignition and push

start. Also, I love how it rides. It’s so smooth. Even when I stop abruptly, the car still reacts smoothly,” said Dahn. Along with Chackalayil, Dahn also has some reservations about the cost of maintenance for her car. “The price of repair and upkeep is very expensive. When you have a luxury car, you really need to get a warranty on important parts, like the engine. Any little thing that goes wrong cannot be fixed like a normal car. You have to go to the dealership,” said Dahn. These three ladies drive some sexy cars, but having these luxury cars does come at a price. Remember that you get what you pay for the next time that you are wishing that you were behind the wheel of one of these sexy rides. Though the maintenance and upkeep for these cars can get to be outrageously expensive, the bragging rights that come with these automotive beauties seem to make up for it.

organizationspotlight: Up ‘til Dawn This week’s organization spotlight is on the student organization Up ‘til Dawn. Greg Anderson is the current president among the five-member executive board. Anderson said, “Up ‘til Dawn is a fun team challenge where students compete in an all-night challenge for the patients of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (stjude.org).” The organization meets bi-weekly on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm and is open to anyone wanting to participate.

The annual fundraising letterwriting event will take place Monday, November 7, 2011 from 8:00 pm to 12:00 am. Participants are asked to bring addresses. The letters will be sent to those addresses to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer. The goal is for each person to write 50 letters. The fundraising night will include free food, raffles with great prizes and a free t-shirt for those who reach the goal of 50 quality letters. Registration prior to the event is encouraged, and this can be done individually or in teams of no more than five. Registration takes place online at www.

modern day. Dr. Mary Ann Drake, who has a Masters of Liberal Studies, has been involved with Mercer’s Great Books program from its inception. For Dr. Drake, Great Books represents “everything good in education.” Some of the major draws to the Great Books program include reading a large diversity of original texts, an emphasis on writing and critical thinking, and respectful discourse between students. One of Dr. Drake’s favorite aspects of the Great Books program is the ability of the students to learn from the text and the author without any outside interpretation and bias. However, this doesn’t mean that the program isn’t without its drawbacks. For one, everybody learns differently.

Reading, writing, and thinking about a text may be satisfactory methods of learning for one student, but for another, it just may not work. Students enrolled in Mercer University’s Honors Program are required to take at least one Great Books course. Carrie Stewart is a sophomore pre-vet biology major who is also enrolled in the Mercer University’s Honors Program. Stewart took GBK 101— Among Gods and Heroes— during her first semester at the university. After completing GBK 101, she opted to not continue on the Great Books track. “In my class,” she said, “discussions were slow and not focused… There were several people who would talk over others.” For Stewart, the Great Books program has a tendency to bring together students who

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stjude.org/utd. The link to register using a cell phone is www. stjude.org/utdreg. Last year, Up ‘til Dawn raised $16,000. The organizations goal for this year is to raise $20,000. St. Jude’s website explains, “St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opened on February 4, 1962 and was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas. Its mission is to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.” The daily cost of operation is around $1.7 million, and children are never turned away if the family cannot afford to pay

for treatment not covered by insurance. A large amount of funds are from public contributions. According to the St. Jude’s website, they are “the first institution established for the sole purpose of conducting basic and clinical research and treatment into catastrophic childhood diseases, mainly cancer.” Ashlie Rubrecht, a junior here at Mercer, holds the fundraising chair on the executive board for Up ‘til Dawn. She has been a part of this organization for the past two years. Rubrecht said, “This organization is very close to my heart. If you had the opportunity to

save a child, why wouldn’t you? It is a great cause and a great way to meet people who care about the same things that you do.” This is a cause that many people from all walks of life can relate to. This is also a great way for the college students to bond with the Macon community. The organization’s faculty advisor, Megan DeLong, stated, “I think it’s really important to get involved in student organizations. It is a great way for us to stay connected to the students and foster that personal relationship the Mercer encourages.”

Which came first, Great Books or the distribution track? By Alaisha Key Staff Writer alaisha.kryion.key@live.mercer.edu

New students at Mercer University are presented with many opportunities to diversify their educational experience and become well-rounded individuals. As a requirement for a diverse education, Mercer University freshmen are required to choose from either the distribution track or the Great Books program. The distribution track consists of a wide variety of classes spanning multiple disciplines that students may choose from to fulfill their general education requirement. The Great Books program is a series of eight classes in which students read great works of literature spanning from antiquity to the

may have conflicting personalities, which may result in conflict in the classroom. Also, Stewart believes that while the Great Books track has the potential to greatly contribute to diversity in education, the downfall of the program itself is that once a student is committed, there is little room for flexibility. The program runs for four years, and after freshman year, it may be difficult for a student to change their mind about the program without adding time to their Mercer career. There are varying opinions of the Great Books and distributional tracks. For some students, the Great Books track offers a wonderful opportunity to read great works of literature and engage in debate with their peers. For others, the distributional track offers more

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The Great Books Program is 8 courses in which students read literature considered the foundation of western thought. flexibility and diversity. Fortunately, the first two courses in the Great Books track are included in the distributional track, so it’s possible to try the Great Books program for freshman year and then

make a more well-informed decision when registering for sophomore year. In the end, it all depends on the personal preference and learning style of the student.


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Features

Students slam at Poetry Jam Globetrottin’: By Olivia Brayan Staff Writer olivia.jasmine.brayan.@student. mercer.edu

Thursday, September 29 marked Quadworks’ first Poetry Jam, hosted by Jittery Joe’s. Several Mercer students read, and members of the Dulcimer staff were present to distribute past editions of the literary and arts magazine. The sweet smell of coffee filled the air as I slipped into Jittery Joe’s. I glanced around the room, noting the assortment of people, as I tiredly fell into a chair in front on the impromptu stage. The audience hushed as the first woman took the stage; as if lit by an unknown force, her words took off, filling the heavily-lit room. The words spun in the room, building up in a beautiful frenzy as she finished another poem and took her place, adding to the energy of the room and setting precedent for the night. One of my favorite pieces of the night came from a senior here at Mercer, Chantelle Young. It was a piece she wrote responding to Mrs. Martha Gram’s quote “The body is a garment,” titled “To Mrs. Martha”. It was beautifully crafted and spoken with emphasis in all the right areas. Despite being nervous, Chantelle spoke her writings from memory with such confidence and poise that it inspired me to

perhaps share my own work in the future. In performing poetry, Chantelle found that “It feels so good to say it aloud; it feels so freeing.” Not only is it releasing for the author, but also for the audience. The best part about the evening was being able to relate to others through their words. The words and the story behind the poetry becomes so captivating that it soon becomes not only about the writer’s experience, but instead transforms the story into a group experience. Another poet of the evening that I really enjoyed was Chris Tyler Young, who is in his second year here at Mercer as a mechanical engineer student. He shared two beautiful pieces titled “Symphony,” and they were a sweet remembrance. Young desired to share his work because “everyone has something to give, and this is my little bit to give.” It was my first time at a poetry reading and it was wonderful; never have I experienced such an artistic expression. Over fifteen writers shared their work with the eagerly-listening audience. This was the second Poetry Jam sponsored by Quadworks and there is more to be planned in the future. Taey Wright, a new member of Quadworks, is in full support of the poetry reading, agreeing that it’s “a really good opportunity for students to come express their creativity, and it’s

letters from abroad By Brittani Howell Staff Writer

brittani.m.howell@live.mercer.edu

Adrian Graham / Cluster Staff

Here, senior Chantelle Young performs her quote-based poetry from memory as event coordinator Jan Jones looks on. something that everyone can enjoy.” If you missed this Poetry Jam, rest assured that there will be another in the spring semester, but if you can’t wait until then, the Dulcimer is always accepting pieces to be reviewed and added into the magazine to be-

come published in the spring edition. Audra Jones, Mercer senior and editor-in-chief of the Dulcimer, said, “I’m glad that Quadworks has taken on an active role in keeping poetry alive. It’s a pleasure to know that my love of the written word is shared by others.”

Do it in a dorm: start a home business By Salim Ali Staff Writer salim.y.ali@live.mercer.edu

My dream is to be the next Bill Gates. To start from the comfort of my room to the top of the skyscraper with my name on it. Though it may never happen completely, at least half of it might. There are some opportunities to be had in making a little extra change on the weekends or in between study time from my own room. In my quest to get paid while hanging out in my pajamas I discovered opportunities I never knew existed. The first two are the simplest, easiest and have, unfortunately, low returns for your time and money invested. The first is filling out online surveys. The way it works is that you google ‘online surveys for money’ then choose something you like and sign up for it. The

second is called Microplace which is a microloan site that allows you to loan money to people in need who then pay interest on the loan which can range from 1 to 3%. Satisfaction comes from knowing that you have helped someone in need and turned a little bit of a profit doing it. Now if you are more interested in owning an actual business, then the best advice comes from Professor Lynch in the business school who told me of the simplicity of supply and demand. Find a demand and meet it. For example, if you have a car and you know that there is a number of freshman who desperately need to go to Walmart or Kroger then it is possible to find a few who are willing to pay a few dollars to get there. Dr. Eimad Houry tells a story from back in the day when he was in college. He would make sandwiches that were better than the competition, load them in the back of his car and sell them to hungry students. Today that would not

be possible because of the cafeteria, but look hard enough and you will find an opportunity and all you need to do is take advantage of it, like programming for Android devices which have low barriers to entry. For more you can visit https://sites.google. com.site.merceregtug or contact fellow student and Android fan Levi Lewis [levilewistech@ gmail.com] I had a conversation with my uncle who happens to be the Chief Information Officer of River-Edge. His response to starting a home business was to,”Note that a plan is the same whether you are writing for a small business or a large business. The contents are still the same. What you need to cover are the same. Investors are always interested in knowing how you plan to make your product, how you plan to sell it and who your customers are.” So the advice for a young person starting a business is: 1. Make sure you have a solid business plan

2. Make sure you have a solid market base. You cannot start a business with no market to sell your product. How do you determine if you have a market? By doing a market research. 3. Be sure to follow the 4 P’s of marketing: Price (price the product right so people in the market you are targeting can purchase it. For example, Ford cannot claim to be making cars for students if each car cost $50,000. How many students can afford a $50,000 car?). Place – Make sure the product is getting to the right customers. You can’t be making Sun Tan lotions in Alaska or selling heavy Winter jackets in Ghana. Product – The quality of your product should be better than what is already on the market. If you product falls apart after one use, then nobody will buy it. The final P is Promotion – Advertise whether by word of mouth, print or television. It can be just fliers. Customers will not buy your product if they don’t know that it is out there.”

I’m writing to you, fellow travelers, from the town of Stratford-upon-Avon. Our group has been on a tour de Shakespeare today: here in Stratford, we’ve visited his wife’s house, his daughter’s house, his birthplace and his grave. We’re rounding off the day by attending a production of Macbeth by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Currently I’m sitting on a stone wall outside the theater, right on the Avon River, feeling very British with my elderflower cordial and Cornish pasty (dinner) as I watch the Stratford swans bite each other. (Seriously, swans are mean little suckers.) Sadistic waterfowl aside, today has been very enjoyable and gloriously interesting. I mean, maybe the Bard doesn’t tickle your fancy, but as an English major and Shakespeare nut I’ve been in nerd heaven. Getting to see where Shakespeare lived, walk where he walked, touch what he might have touched—it’s been a little bit overwhelming. You’re laughing at my hero worship, aren’t you? Well, maybe it is a little funny, but I’m willing to bet that you do it too. It’s a universal thing, I think, to have someone (or multiple people) whom we venerate so much that any connection we can claim— even one as simple as visiting their hometown—becomes something that we treasure. We elevate sports icons, actors and politicians to that level of admiration. The nerdier among us choose writers, artists, musicians, scientists, inventors—you name it, really. We indulge our admiration of these people with autographs, souvenir T-shirts, jerseys and a commitment to memorizing everything they ever said, did or wrote. So I’m perfectly normal, thank you very much, for being utterly enthralled when I walked through the apple orchard at Anne Hathaway’s cottage and when we passed the newly-begun excavations of Shakespeare’s adult home. I just couldn’t put myself in Shakespeare’s shoes; I couldn’t establish the connection. That is, until we visited his gravesite in Holy Trinity Church. Looking at the stone slab marking the spot, all I

could think was an inarticulate Whoa. Just a few feet away and a few feet down lay the dust and bones of the famed man. I stood across from the stone and read his last words from the grave: Good friend for Jesus’s sake, forbear To dig the dust enclosed here. Bless’d be the man that spares these stones, And curs’d be he that moves my bones. All day our various tour guides had been jokingly telling us that if we felt the sudden urge to burst out into poetry, we might have unwittingly stumbled across a pocket of Shakespeare’s residual brilliance. Last Friday I went to The Eagle and Child, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien’s favored pub, for a similar reason—the far-fetched hope that I could tap into some well of talent they had left behind, to claim it for my own. It’s a silly thing we do, expecting that we can somehow become more like the people we admire by mimicking their old actions, visiting their old haunts. In fact, by doing so we actually miss out on the real significance of these little pilgrimages. The real wonder of visiting Shakespeare’s grave was realizing that we weren’t really different at all. Our circumstances differ, but the processes by which people live and die are universal and timeless. Francis Warner, one of our program directors, likes to say that Shakespeare started writing a play the way we typically start writing our essays: by himself, staring at a blank sheet of paper (or, for us, Word processor page), perfectly cognizant of a looming deadline and dearly wishing the vexing thing would just write itself. That’s what I thought about as I read and reread the epitaph Shakespeare composed for himself, and the human connection made the Bard seem so close that I might have just missed him rounding the corner. Well, fellow travelers, the sun is setting and the play is about to start. I’m about to take my leave of the swans I’ve been feeding (I hope it’s okay for them to eat Twix bars...) so that I can enjoy the production. Our Oxford tutorials are about to start soon as our introduction course ends, so more on that later. Until next time, happy travels!

Plan your life around Alicia’s unreliable horoscopes Libra (9/23 - 10/23)

Sagittarius (11/22 - 12/21)

You’ve already invested plenty of time and energy into pursuing your life’s goal, Libra. You mapped out the future long ago and have been working toward making this ideal a reality ever since. Give up that goal and begin working toward a new plan. Move to the Rocky Mountains and open up a parka store at the base of an often-hiked mountain. Pick one with some gruesome tales in its historical arsenal to scare your consumers in to spending more money. You will prosper.

Do not allow consumerism to get the best of you, Sagittarius. You can claim that your preference of name brands is based on quality, but deep down you know you choose name brands because they make you feel identifiably wealthy or established. Avoid defining yourself by what you buy, and furthermore do not trick yourself into believing that you are at heart who you pretend to be in public. A person who does not know himself can never rest.

Single? Learn calligraphy. Attached? It’s like a rain dance. Lucky Days: Thursdays. Unlucky Days: Sundays.

Single? SLAM DANCE. Attached? Expect a surprise. Lucky Days: October 13. Unlucky Days: October 8, 11 and 15,

Scorpio (10/24 - 11/21)

Capricorn (12/22 - 1/19)

Aquarius (1/20 - 2/18) Someone will cut in line in front of you very soon, Aquarius, and you won’t know how to handle it. You won’t be sure if anyone else saw it if anyone else cares, and because of the uncomfortable situation you will remain silent throughout the entire process, but inside you’ll be fuming. You’re going to stay angry, constantly wondering what would have happened if only you had told that jerk to get in the back of the line, or roundhouse kicked him. When the cutting happens, bellow. Single? $2 Tuesdays. Attached? Go to the fair! Lucky Days: Saturdays. Unlucky Days: October 6. Pisces (2/19 - 3/20)

Your ego has been bruised recently, Scorpio. For whatever reason, you feel as though you’ve been publicly humiliated and that you must redeem yourself in the eyes of your peers (or, even worse, your superiors). Go about your redemption process respectfully. Above all, do not slander anyone else in your disadvantaged state, because this will only worsen public opinion of you. Try to handle your embarrassment nobly, and do not regret the past. What happened, happened.

Start a holiday shopping fund, Capricorn. Ration how much money you will allow yourself to spend a week and put the rest in savings. Try to save at least 30% of each paycheck. If you tend to go out to eat multiple times a week or are a splurge spender, cut back on your costly habits. It is worth inconveniencing yourself slightly over the course of several weeks to not put yourself in complete debt once you have to cover all of the expenses of the holiday season.

You can’t hide it any longer, Pisces. You’re a karaoke god. It’s time to come down from your divine mountain and grace the public with your glorious stage presence and exemplary pipes. Go to Rivalry’s (near Northside) Thursday night and sign up for a song. You must be heard! (While there, order some boneless jerk wings and play a round of pool. Designate a driver.) Remember, everyone’s eager to hear Journey, but they’re more impressed by Nicki Minaj.

Single? Go to trivia. Attached? Use mouthwash. Lucky Days: Wednesdays. Unlucky Days: October 9.

Single? Draw caricatures. Attached? Only cheap dates for you. Lucky Days: October 12. Unlucky Days: October 7.

Single? Don’t stop believing. Attached? You’re slicker than the guy with the thing on his eye. Lucky Days: October 14. Unlucky Days: Mondays.

Aries (3/21 - 4/19) It’s time to rehash your signature characteristics, Aries. Switch your body wash, cologne or perfume. If you’ve got a certain hair style you like or staples of your wardrobe, don’t use them this week. If you usually wear heels, give slippers a shot. If you generally wear sweats to class, put on some slacks. You will be surprised how many people will take note of these seemingly minor changes. Variance can be fun; become a chameleon. Single? Don’t be anymore. Attached? Don’t be anymore. Lucky Days: October 16. Unlucky Days: October 9. Taurus (4/20 - 5/20) Dedicate one day to watching a trilogy, Taurus. The original Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Indian Jones are all viable options. Invite friends to join you, and declare the event a pajama party. Ask that pajama partiers bring something to contribute, whether it is food, beverages, the trilogy, or an alternate source of entertainment (like a puzzle or some crayons). Enforce a strict “no productivity” rule for this pajama party. You’re watching a trilogy, there’s no excuse for homework or grant applications. Single? Dress nicely Friday. Attached? Find a hot tub. Lucky Days: Fridays. Unlucky Days: October 14.

Gemini (5/21 - 6/21)

Leo (7/23 - 8/22)

It’s time to find a new favorite band, Gemini. Get to work searching the internet. Use Pandora’s suggestions. DIG! Once you find your new jam, you must dedicate yourself fully to them. (Think becoming a Dead Head, only for a band that’s still relevant.) This is going to require some serious life changes. Nothing but band tees in your wardrobe, and you’re going to have to invest a substantial amount of money in traveling with the band.

You are teetering on the edge of healthy fascination and dangerous obsession, Leo. Whatever it is that has you so mesmerized, make sure not to let it completely control your life. Your friends and family know that you dedicate yourself entirely to whatever you pursue (Gemini could take notes from you), but they also know that you shouldn’t allow everyday life to take a back seat to your whims and passions. Get a grip.

Single? It’s easier to be a groupie that way. Attached? Send each other origami love notes! Lucky Days: Saturdays. Unlucky Days: Fridays.

Single? Give yoga a try. Attached? Listen to the advice of your partner. Lucky Days: October 9, 11 and 16. Unlucky Days: Tuesdays.

Cancer (6/22 - 7/22)

Virgo (8/23 - 9/22)

When you’re sniffing around later this week trying to determine exactly where that putrid stench is coming from, don’t ask for anyone else’s help. Because as soon as you realize that the smell is emanating from you (most specifically your feet), you’ll be fairly ashamed. You’ll wish you hadn’t called attention to it. So don’t. Go ahead and invest in some fragrant shoe spray and make sure to always wear socks. (And change them after one day, man.)

Your fears are getting the best of you, Virgo. Whether it’s the future, the past, or snakes that has you petrified, you need to keep everything in a logical scope. It’s not that very likely that you’re going to be trapped in an elevator with a woman in labor. It’s not very likely that your middle school bullies are going to sneak into your economics class to give you a wedgie. It’s not very likely that you’re going to wake up one morning as a cockroach. Remind yourself of these things.

Single? It’s the smell. Attached? Your mate is a brave one. Lucky Days: Wednesdays. Unlucky Days: Thursdays.

Single? Don’t fear loneliness. Attached? Don’t fear your mate. Lucky Days: Sundays. Unlucky Days: Wednesdays.


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Entertainment Editor Eric Brown

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Entertainment

Artist Q&A: Janelle Monae By Eric Brown Entertainment Editor entertainment@mercercluster.com

As I’m sure you’ve all heard, genre-bending singer and songwriter Janelle Monáe will be performing at the Grand Opera House this Friday, backed with indie pop act fun., as a part of Mercer’s Fall Concert. Her debut album, The ArchAndroid dropped last year and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary R&B album. I recently spoke to the bomg over the pphone bastic singer about recording, touring, and performing with her idols. Despite my phone constantly threatening to ruin the entire interview, I think I’ve managed to edit the whole thing into a pretty enjoyable article. Read on. Eric Brown: So, to start, could you tell me a bit about yourself and tour music for Mercer students that may not be familiar with your work? Janelle Monáe: Sure. Well, I started off as an up-andcoming artist, and I guess you could still call me that. I formed a partnership with my recording label, the Wondaland Arts Society and Atlantic records. That was made

possibly by Sean Combs as well as Big Boi of Outkast. They’re huge supporters of the Wondaland Camp, which is based out of Atlanta, Georgia. They just felt that our ideas should be recognized, and so they helped us get a distribution deal with Atlantic. But we’re still pretty much the main producers behind all the music. So I’ve worked my way up from an independent artist selling CDs out of my trunk to being at the Grammies this year and performing there. We’ve really just been doing things our way, and we’re not allowing big corporations to push us to do things that they think are popular just to sell records. We focus on teamwork, and we believe in the artists. And I love performing, which is why I’m coming to the school. I want to share the music with you guys. It’s not just a concert or just me showcasing songs as an artist. It’s an experience. I’m coming with the full orchestra, and we’re all just really excited to give you an experience that we truly believe you’ll never forget. EB: Speaking of performances, you’re known for very big, over-the top concerts. What goes into putting on a show like that? JM: Well, we’ve on tour for the past few months, which

has been amazing. We’ve been with artists from Stevie Wonder to Prince, and we’ve had a lot of time to hone our sets and get the music from the album perfect and learn our covers properly. We love doing covers, because we’re genuinely fans of the bands we cover. We always wish we had written the music ourselves. And we’ve had a good bit of time to focus on those things. So through experience, I believe we’ve been able to cultivate our live show into something special and unique, and now we’re ready to watch it grow. I don’t know exactly how the show will go down at Mercer, because it’s a very organic process, but we plan to make it a special one. EB: So, what sort JB: Well, a lot of them are the artists I mentioned before, artists that my band and I cover live: Prince, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, the Jacks o n Five. A l l o f

those artists definitely helped open up doors for us, so we pay homage to them when we need to. EB: On the ArchAndroid, you worked with Sean Combs and Outkast’s Big Boi. What has that experience like for you? JM: Well, Big Boi sang on the track “Tightrope,” and Combs executive produced the record, just financially making sure that everything got out there. His big contribution was making sure that we had the funding to record and do our videos and everything like that. Everything, though, was ultimately created and written by myself, Nate “Rocket” Wonder, Chuck Lightning, and Roman GianArthur of Wondaland Productions. It was geat to have their ears working on the project, giving feedback. U l t i m a t e l y, they were supporters on the project, and maybe not as involved as one would think. EB: So, you’d say you’re

‘Nevermind’ this column By Eric Brown Entertainment Editor entertainment@mercercluster.com

I’ve always been on the fence with Nirvana. On one hand, I recognize that Nevermind is probably the single most important album in over 20 years. They exploded onto the scene and changed the music industry forever — like some drugged up, diseased version of The Beatles that crawled out of a hole in a Pacific Northwest forest — and were gone just three short years after their sophomore album made them superstars. But Nirvana was never the most talented band to come out of the alternative rock scene in the late ‘80s (a fact Cobain would be the first to mention). While they’re primarily responsible for the alt-rock boom of the early ‘90s, I always thought it would have been far more fitting if someone like Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., or the Pixies were the ones to first break into the mainstream. But hey, that’s just wishful thinking, not really something that I can hold against Cobain and company. Still, despite all of its critical acclaim and power, Nevermind is a difficult album to listen to in the 21st century. The songs haven’t lost any of their visceral impact. It’s nothing like that. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” kicks off the album like a brick to

the back of your head. The spite and fury of “Breed” and “Drain You” are still chilling — or they would be if the songs weren’t able to mix that fury with legitimately catchy songwriting. Hell, to this day, there are scores of grindcore bands that only wish they could record a song as beautifully harsh and alienating as “Territorial Pissings.” No, the record never lost any of its fire or spark over the years, but I worry that the world as a whole just isn’t in the state of mind to appreciate Nevermind anymore. The problem is that, after 20 years, so many bands have co-opted and built on Nirvana’s sound that it just isn’t revolutionary anymore. We’ve heard it all before, and most of us have heard it done better. Nevermind is a classic album, to be sure, but it’s a classic not so much because it continues to resonate powerfully to our culture, but because it reflects where our culture used to be. In a sense, Nevermind is a time capsule. Think about it this way: even 40 years later, The Beatles’ Abbey Road still sounds new and exciting. The melodies are so intricate, the music is so solidly written, and the lyrics are so perfect, that it’s timeless. Honestly, I don’t want to live in a world where people have stopped listening to that record. But anger, venom, and an intense similarity to the Pixies were the most impor-

really dedicated to doing as much of the production work as you can by yourself? JM: Yes, I would. EB: What goes into the writing process for you? JM: It varies. A lot of the songs on The ArchAndroid came to me in my dreams. I spent a long time on my iPhone recorder just jotting those notes down, ust a few words or a melody that I find beautiful. I’m in Brazil right now, and I’m looking out at the Atlantic ocean, and I could easily be influenced to write lyrics for the songs I have melodies to. Who knows? There’s not just one real formula to it. EB: A lot of your songs are very futuristic in their lyrics, dealing with androids and things like that. What inspires you in that regard? JM: Well, I think there a lot of parallels between a n -

droids and the world right now. I think they’re the new “other.” You can parallel that to people treating gay society differently, the way any majority deals with a minority. It has parallels to the way people of African descent were enslaved because of the color of their skin. Or even trying to force people to fall in line with your idea of what is religiously correct. All those things can be paralleled with the android, and that’s why I speak about it. But I believe that once those “others” are integrated into society, we can all get along.

OCTOBER 11

Bjork — Biophilia Future Islands — On The Water I Am The Avalanche — Avalanche United Matthew Herbert — One Pig This Is Hell — Black Mass

OCTOBER 18

Forest Fire — Staring at the X Is Tropical — Native To Jonti — Twirligig M83 — Hurry Up, Weʼre Dreaming Real Estate — Days

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Cluster standards and practices prevents us from showing the actual album cover. Please enjoy this tastefully composed Photoshop. It’s much, much more wholesome. tant things Nirvana brought to the table. And they’re not particularly difficult elements to recreate. And so over the years, bands like Radiohead, the White Stripes, and even the Foo Fighters built on the foundations that Nirvana laid down. Listening to it now is almost like hearing preElvis rock and roll. It’s hard to see exactly what the big deal is. On a certain level, it’s sad, because I’d love to experience the record as an angsty 17 year old that grew up with Def Leppard and Styx. It would be a revelation.

But today, it just lacks some of the original flair. So yes, Nevermind is a classic album. Yes, it’s a pretty good album. But I don’t know if it’s a truly great one. That doesn’t mean we should stop listening to it. Classic or catastrophe: Classic (but not for the reasons you’d think) Editor’s note: They remastered and re-released Nirvana’s Nevermind about two weeks ago to celebrate its 20th anniversary. For the record, I’m listening to the original mix of the album, not the new version.

OCTOBER 25

Coldplay — Mylo Xyloto Deer Tick — Divine Providence Justice — Audio, Visual, Disco Surfer Blood — Tarot Classics Yelawolf — Radioactive

NOVEMBER 1

Blouse — Blouse Florence and the Machine — Ceremonials Girl in a Coma — Exists & All the Rest Lou Reed and Metalica — Lulu The Beach Boys — Smile Sessions

NOVEMBER 8

Atlas Sound — Parallax Brian Eno — Panic of Looking EP M+A — Things.Yes Summer Camp — Welcome to Condale Zambri — Glossolalia


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Entertainment

Q&A: Comics scribe Gail Simone By Ross Hardy Geek Liaison ross.c.hardy@gmail.com

Gail Simone is one of the most highprofile women writers in the world of superhero comic. She began her career working for Marvel Comics on titles like Agent X before moving on to Secret Six and Batgirl at DC Comics. Check the website for the full, 2000 word article. Ross: To start with, what is your favorite character and your favorite story that you’ve worked on, across your career? Gail: I have to say, writing Wonder Woman was an amazing experience for me. I’m very proud of the “Circle” arc, for instance, because it brought a lot of new stuff, some very feminine, dark themes to it that really hadn’t been done before, and told the story from the point that not everyone was happy she was born, for one thing. So I’m very proud of that story. Also, working on that character as I traveled around the world, it was really amazing to hear stories from people on how the character Wonder Woman inspired them. Inspired them to get out of abusive relationships, to get their health back, to survive cancer, just amazing, amazing stories like that. And when I traveled in countries where women don’t have the same type of rights that we do in the United States, Wonder Woman meant a lot, and very deeply, to those women. So that was probably my most interesting experience as a writer. Ross: Are there any characters or stories that you wanted to write, but you haven’t been able to, either because of editorial mandates, or for whatever reason? Gail: Well, I would really like to write Captain Marvel and the Marvel family someday, and I haven’t had an opportunity to write those characters in any aspect yet, so that’s something that I’m hoping for in the future. Also, if I ever got a chance to write Spider-Man, I think that would be really fun as well. Ross: Very cool. Alright, with the whole DC Relaunch, you’re doing two brand-new titles: You’re doing Fury of Firestorm with Ethan van Sciver, and you’re doing Batgirl. What is your approach in terms of having this old continuity with all these characters that’s going to appeal to the longtime readers, versus the idea of accessibility to bring in new fans. What’s your approach in trying to merge those two ideas, or

is it that you have to have one at the expense of the other? How does that work? Gail: In both of those books, you don’t need to have read any past stories at all to understand immediately what the book’s about and what’s going on. For one thing, the approaches are different, in terms of Batgirl is much more of a solo book, with more intimate stories in it, more intimate in her personal life and her family life, as well as her night life, so to speak. Fury of Firestorm is a much larger, much more global, allencompassing story. It’s about things that bring people together, things that tear people apart, how one thing can affect things around the world. It’s very huge in scope. And it starts from the ground up. You don’t need to have read any Firestorm ever to know what’s going on there. Ross: You’re one of the most highprofile woman creators in comics, and you’ve worked with a lot of the most high-profile woman characters in comics. I think the big elephant in the room in terms of the [comic] industry right now is “Should there be more woman characters? Should there be more woman created and controlled books?” I’ve spoken to a number of more independent writers and artists who say that the problem isn’t that women aren’t in comics, the problem is women aren’t in superhero comics. Gail: Yeah, that’s true at this time, although I do not think that it’s going last forever, just if I want to gauge by the women and girls who come up to me at conventions, and that’s their dream, is to write superhero comics. So I believe that that is going to change very soon. We need more diversity of all kinds in comics. Creators, as well as material, and the more diverse creatorship we get, the more diverse material we get, and that’s all good. To have books that appeal to female readers, I believe is very important, because that’s fifty percent of the audience, and to not have product for them is ridiculous. But that’s not to say that all female readers want the same thing. Ross: How do you go about writing characters with different backgrounds, different ethnicities, different life experiences from you? Oracle is a disabled woman, for example. Gail: Well, I do a lot of research. I don’t like lazy writing and lazy writers. [Laughs] If you’re going to write a character like that, or if you’re going to write a character from a background that’s completely different from yours, then you either need to get close to somebody who is from that background

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Gail Simone is known for her work on fan-favorite comic books such as Secret Six, Birds of Prey, and Deadpool. She recently took over writing duties for Batgil and Firestorm in DC Comics’ line-wide relaunch. or is what you’re looking for, or that being several people because a character is a combination of several people. You need to do it, if you can, you need to travel, and get closer to it. But mostly you need to do your research and use your imagination and keep it honest and totally avoid stereotypes as well as putting characters on pedestals and that kind of thing. It’s research, imagination, sensitivity, listening, and not being lazy about it. You can no longer get away with the picture postcard idea of a character or place, because these books go worldwide now. So someone is going to read your book that is from there, or has that background or that religion of whatever, so you need to respect that. Ross: I think it’d be fair to say that you’re one of the more fan-favorite, one of the more popular writers in the comics industry, so you tend to get a lot of attention on the comic blogs. For the most part, everything I read is overwhelmingly positive, but as a person who a lot of people read, how do you deal with people saying, “Oh, this is terrible,” or “She should have done this”? Because comic fans are very vocal.

Gail: Yeah, comic fans are very vocal, and the internet’s very vocal, and it seems like the negative stuff does seem to speak the loudest sometimes. However, guys, if I’m not upsetting somebody, I really don’t feel like I’ve written something different enough to be worth reading. I’m sorry to put it that way, but if everybody is happy with everything you do, then you’re probably not taking the risk and you’re not creating something new, that type of things. So it doesn’t bother me. Sometimes I don’t like it when people get personal with their comments, and make accusations about me personally, but, you know, that comes with the territory, and if you’re an aspiring writer, be prepared for that [Laughs]. Ross: I completely agree. Got a couple more: The big question is, “What’s next?” What’s next for you? What’s next for comics? And off of that, what do you think comics needs? What do comic readers need to be told? There’s sort of a lot going on there, so take whatever you want. Gail: I think comics overall need to reach out more. We need to concentrate on diversity so we can gain a larger au-

dience worldwide, and also in terms of age ranges as well. I’m imagining one of the next steps for comics is going to be a more interactive comic, and by that I mean digitally we can put in trails to follow that you can’t really do in a linear printed comic, and I think that’s exciting that you could, if you want more of an in-depth story or you want more about the creative process, you could click on things and get further into it. I think that’s probably coming real soon. And after that, who knows? My son is majoring in computer science right now in college, and thinking about by the time he gets out what they’re going to able to accomplish with digital stuff, and 3-D, and all that, it’s going to change. Ross: Anything else you want to add? Gail: If you haven’t tried a comic, you need to go out and try one. Go to your local store and tell them what you like to read and what you like to watch on TV, and they’ll point you to a comic you might like. Ross: All right, thank you very much. Gail: Yeah, thank you.

Brad Pitt’s home run Come chill fall’s hottest festival By Eric Brown Entertainment Editor entertainment@mercerluster.com

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Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill star in Moneyball, a drama about Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane. The film was written by acclaimed screenwriter Aaron Sorkin.

By Samir Moussawel Sports Editor sports@mercercluster.com

From the director of the award-winning Capote (2005), Bennett Miller’s Moneyball is a film suitable for sports fans. Based on the true story of Oakland Athletic’s General Manager Billy Beane, the film tells of the risk one man takes to bring his club back to respectability when he believes all odds are against him in the unfair business of the MLB. When his team loses three of their star players and find themselves once again departing early out of the playoffs, Billy Beane (played by Brad Pitt) takes extreme measures and looks to a young Yale graduate (played by Jonah Hill)to help find the winning formula for the A’s organization. In an unorthodox and widely scrutinized fashion, Billy Beane and Peter Brand try to use a computer-generated analysis of players to piece together a squad during the 2002 season. Moneyball has a little bit of everything that anyone would want or expect from a sports movie. With great camera shots, witty baseball dialogue and tremendous use of sound

(or lack thereof), the movie keeps its viewers intrigued and entertained throughout. Through its subtle use of close-ups, slow and developing humor, and the behindthe-scenes looks of the ins and outs of the game of baseball, the film portrays the nitty-gritty and cut-throat lifestyles of owners and general managers in the sporting world. In realistic fashion, Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and Academy Awardwinning Philip Seymour Hoffman put all the pieces together to resemble the day-to-day operations of a struggling ballclub. With great acting from the trio of stars, Moneyball narrows in on the serious and overlooked aspects of sports like never seen before. Playing the dissatisfied manager Art Howe, Hoffman successfully plays one of the opposed characters to Beane’s new ideals. Unhappy with the situation at-hand, Rowe wishes to carry out the everyday operations as he sees fit. The film effectively uses comedy and drama into the well-timed sequence of events that compiled the true-life story behind the California baseball club. While other films portray sports as entertainment, Moneyball throws the idea of “fun” of the game out the window.

Talking more business than games, the film keeps focus narrowed on business operations. Using the team as a metaphor and effectively displaying emotions, the movie presents its audience with an inside look of its protagonist. With multiple shots placing Brad Pitt’s character into complete solidarity, the film uses his daughter and a wide-range of other simple characters as the surrounding cast that molds Billy Beane’s life. With his daughter as inspiration to always move forward, the protagonist uses every ounce of his energy into what he sees as a life or death situation in a crossroads of his career. As an owner who believes he has taken the safe route all his life, he hires Peter Brand as his right-hand man to potentially change the game. Also, the film uses a plethora of old video clips, real names and multiple subtle jabs throughout to put the audience in the locker room and offices of the real-life team. With fine acting, accurate history of the game, impressive camera angles, simple comedy and unique story-telling throughout, Moneyball is one of the best sports film in the past decade.

I’m not really sure if you’ve noticed, but we’re sort of into music here at The Custer entertainment page. It’s kind of our big thing. That’s why, this fall break, we’re headed to Deluna Fest, a three day music festival on the beaches of Pensacola, Florida. And we’d like you to join us. That’s right, you, dear reader. We want you to accompany us to Pensacola from October 14-16, hang out with us on the beach, and see some of the best bands currently in the industry.Headliners include Weezer, Girl Talk, Jane’s Addiction, Linkin Park, Cut Copy, Cake and tons more. We

actually cannot properly stress how much we love this lineup. We’ll be offering live-blog and print coverage of the fest, but really, that’s not enough for us. We need to see your beautiful faces singing and dancing along with us. Don’t disappoint us, readers. So, here are the details. The festival is held in Pensacola Beach, the Florida panhandle. I’ll do your work for you and let you know that it’s about a six hour drive. The fest lasts from Friday, October 14 to the following Sunday, October 16, and the music generally lasts from about noon until midnight, or whenever exactly Gregg Gillis decides to stop jumping around onstage. You’ve got three hotels to choose from, all priced to fit different budgets. I suppose you could stay off festival

grounds, but they offer some pretty good deals for festivalgoers. The festival features five stages, the main stage and four others sponsored by Wind Creek, gopensacola.com, Gulf Winds Jazz & Heritage and Grooveshark. Personally, I plan to split most of my time betwen Wind Creek and the main stage, but there’s seriously not a wrong choice. The smaller stages all feature a wide variety of independent and up-and-coming acts. So, Mercerians, what do you say? Are you going to join your favorite writers at an awesome music festival. or are you going to do something lame like go camping? Because seriously, this is better. Visit www.delunafest.com for a full lineup of bands and schedule.


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Local Editor Rebecca Payne

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Accepted student faces deportation By Ross Tripi Staff Writer rosstripi@gmail.com It’s awfully easy to treat the issue of immigration reform as secondary, something that can be dealt with after more “pressing” issues are resolved. Such notions are quickly abandoned when the issue is made personal and the urgency made apparent. Consider Jonatan Martinez, a recent graduate from Macon State University. He had received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and had been accepted into Mercer University’s business school to pursue a master’s degree, but his plans have now been postponed.

On April 20th of this year, Martinez visited some of his friends at Kennesaw State University. While there, friends of Martinez began to consume alcoholic beverages, but Martinez refrained because he had to drive that night. He left his friends’ room for about an hour until he received a call that the police had shown up there, so he returned. After returning to the residence, Martinez was subsequently accused of distributing alcohol to minors and was arrested for public intoxication. According to Martinez, he had not consumed any alcohol that day. He was transported to the Cobb County Detention Center and then handed over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) because he is not a

“This country is my home; this is where I went to school every day and faced the flag as I pledged my allegiance.” Jonatan Martinez, accepted MBA student

citizen of the United States. Martinez said that while he was there, he was treated like a “threat to society.” He was held in custody for four weeks, during which time his family hired an attorney to represent him on his appointed court date. According to Martinez, however, he never had

the opportunity to speak to his legal representative. At his court hearing, his lawyer merely spoke for him via conference call and Martinez said his attorney misrepresented him by telling the Court that he wanted to return to Mexico, a country he had not lived in since he was four

years old. After the hearing, Martinez was given 60 days to voluntarily depart by the judge and was permitted to finish his last semester at Macon State. Martinez then hired a new attorney with the intention of reopening his case, a motion that has since been denied by the judge. Martinez has now appealed his case and the charges against him for public intoxication and distributing alcohol to minors have been dropped. With respect to the law, if Martinez had been relying on his parents’ visas to stay in the country, his imminent deportation would be legal. Legally, immigrants currently in the United States on work visas should apply for citizenship in order to remain in the country. However, Martinez

was able to obtain a driver’s license and attend a state university without being a permanent resident for twenty years. “This country is my home; this is where I went to school every day and faced the flag as I pledged my allegiance,” said Martinez. He openly professes his adoration for the United States and how he cannot fathom leaving the only country he knows for a nation with a language he can barely speak. “I may not have been born an American, but I am an American, and I will die an American.” For more information on Martinez’s appeal, students can visit his Facebook page. Students interested in supporting Martinez’s appeal can also visit wiredforchange.com to sign a petition for him to remain in the United States.

Macon Police plan to reduce gang violence, target youth By Alaisha Key Staff Writer alaisha.key@live.mercer.edu

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Last Monday, Macon Police Chief, Mike Burns, presented the Youth/Young Adult Violence Reduction Plan to the Public Safety Committee. “Well, the Mayor asked me to come up with a plan because we had a lot of shootings in a short period of time,” said Burns. The plan was previously presented to the City Council. Chief Burns’ plan is actually one component of Mayor Reichert’s BEST Plan, which, as explained by Burns, stands for Build our community, Educate all our children, Safety in every neighborhood and Transit throughout all our region. Burns and a few members of his staff created the safety component. “Our plan is to address what we have going on and to address the next generation,” said Burns. He hopes to help address issues with the youth during earlier stages in their lives. The Macon Police Department already has a five-year plan that they are currently working with. “Overall shootings are down

If the proposed smoking ordinance is passed patrons will no longer be able to smoke inside of establishments downtown. This controversial ordinance has caused many bar owners to worry.

from last year. Actually, we have had 38 people shot this year. This time last year we had 55 people shot around this time in September. Last year there were a total of 72 people shot, and this year we have about half as much,” Burns said. While Burns’ statistics show that numbers are down, public perception is one of the main issues that the police department faces. The nineteen-page plan calls for hiring six new police officers, and calls for instituting more programs that intervene in the lives of citizens ranging from ages 13 to 30. One program outlined in the plan is called Eddie Eagle. “We’ll have a mascot dressed as an eagle. The program would teach the youth about what to do if you see a gun,” Burns said. Also included in the proposed plan are more programs like the Police Athletic League, which is designed to keep the youth off the streets and involved in organized activities and to provide an after-school mentoring program that can help students with homework or computer skills. Another proposal is to take youth on field trips to professional baseball or basketball games and to other areas outside of Macon. “I want to be able to get the youth out of the

neighborhood and show them things that they’ve never seen before, so that maybe the youth will be encouraged to stay in school,” said Burns. The plan mentions other partnerships such as partnering with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to try to get weapons off the street and the National Gang Task Force, who would teach classes on what to look for in relation to gang violence. “We tried to hit every part of the community. We would also encourage the Citizens Police Academy more, which is a citywide neighborhood watch initiative that can include those 18 and older with the more mature members to help mentor,” said Burns. The safety component is just one part of the overall plan that the mayor has constructed, but in order for it to work, Burns believes that there has to be a collaborative effort amongst the community, especially from the schools, parents and teachers. The Youth/Young Adult Violence Reduction Plan has been tabled upon further discussion. Chief Burns believes that the Public Safety Committee has reservations concerning the costs it would take to implement the program and would like to see more towards the enforcement side of safety.

FBI annual crime statistics Local bars speak out against inconsistent with city data proposed smoking ordinance SMOKING,

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“I thought it would be 50/50, and then the first ten speakers were opposed,” said Schlesinger of the evening. Former republican mayor candidate, David Cousino, verbally criticized the Breathe Easy Macon campaign and those in charge of its operations. Many residents and business owners believe that the City Council is intervening in issues of private property and liberty by proposing this ordinance. Phillip Sinclair, owner of Element nightclub said, “I represent the 14 people here with me and the 600 people at my club this past weekend.” Sinclair told the council that 60% of his customers are from Warner Robins and the smoking ordinance would push them away. “If you pass this ban, we are no longer a desirable place to come,” he said of those customers who commute. Ryan Williams, owner of Wagers Grill and Bar, said customers have a choice to go into a certain bar, suggesting that some businesses cater to a smoking crowd and a ban would deter those customers. “There should be no government intervention during an economic crisis,” said Williams.

“It was a poor job of representation. It showed me they were not really listening to what the public had to say. ” Clay Murphey, Director of Macon External Affairs

Victor Stanley, owner of the Hummingbird, suggested that Macon City Council take a different approach in instituting a smoking ordinance. “I am all for a smoking ordinance like the one in Athens,” said Stanley. “But the timing is off.” Stanley said the city needed to bring in business to downtown before considering an ordinance. Those in favor of the ban believe that there are substantial

health risks of second-hand smoke exposure associated with the continued allowance of public smoking. “It doesn’t hurt to walk outside and have a cigarette, because you’re killing somebody, and one of them is me,” said a member of the audience, who is currently suffering from a genetic lung disease. Six council members appeared at the hearing. “It was a poor job of representation,” said Clay Murphy, Director of Macon External Affairs. “It showed they were not really listening to what the public had to say.” Schleinger was also disappointed in the council turnout. “Those who were most vocal for a hearing weren’t there themselves,” he said of council members. Murphy said that the one of the reasons the mayor vetoed the first smoking ordinance was because he felt that the council hadn’t listened to its constituents. According to Schleinger, he thinks they’ve got it right this time. “There were negative reactions in Athens. Now everyone thinks it is the greatest. Once it’s implemented, people get used to it.” The next meeting discussing the ordinance will take place Oct. 10. The Public Safety Committee will put it to a vote and, if favored, it will go to council and then legislation.

By Christopher Kennedy Staff Writer christopher.r.kennedy @live.mercer.edu The FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report for 2010 showed that crime increased in both the city of Macon and Bibb County last year. These reports are easily accessible and often a starting point for any person or event coming to Macon when crime and safety are concerns. The report shows 708 violent crimes reported in the city for 2010, four more than the previous year, and 231 for the county, an increase of 56. According to the Macon Telegraph, Bibb County Chief Deputy, David Davis, stated that there was a software glitch in the reporting of the country figures that combined simple assaults, misdemeanors not reported in the FBI report, and aggravated assaults, which are felonies and are supposed to be reported in the Uniform Crime Reports. With this report coming out alongside reports on the recent wave of violence in Macon and on Mercer’s campus, it may seem difficult to accept that there has been less crime than reported; however, these statistics, like all others, must be evaluated for what they are. The number of aggravated assaults in Bibb County in 2010 should be 66, according to Davis, but that number was combined with simple assaults, which led to the FBI’s number of 170.

Not counting the 104 simple assaults, Bibb County actually saw a decrease in violent crime from last year, down to 127 in 2010 from 132 reported by the county in 2009. The FBI reported 175 violent crimes in Bibb County; however, that has been attributed to the same software glitch. Some other data points were not consistent; for example, the county reported 12 cases of arson, but the FBI report shows zero. As of now, it is unclear as to why this inconsistency exists. Variations in other crimes, such as property crimes, were much smaller than those found in violent crime. According to the city, burglaries and auto thefts saw the largest increase from 2009 to 2010. There were discrepancies in the city’s figures as well; for example, Macon reported 24 rapes in 2010 and the FBI reports 34; furthermore, there were smaller discrepancies in the number of aggravated assaults for the city. Macon’s reports show a decline in violent crimes from 734 in 2009 to 689 in 2010. Research returned no other cities or counties reporting such discrepancies in the FBI statistics. Many news agencies had reported on what the FBI reports contained for their locality, but none were disputing the figures. The FBI relies on statistics from local enforcement agencies to compile the Uniform Crime Reports. Multiple attempts were made to contact Chief Deputy Davis; however, when he returned the calls, he declined to make any

further comment on this issue. The FBI has given local agencies until December 31st to amend their data. Currently, there has been no indication by the city or the county that they will or will not submit revised reports.

2010 FBI Crime Statistics for City of Macon

708 Violent Crime

368 Aggravated Assault

34 Rape

2,136 Burglaries

625 Auto Theft

22 Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter

284 Robbery

4,516 Larcency/Theft

7,277 Property Crime


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Food Bank supplies down By Cecilia Villagomez Staff Writer cecilia.villagomez @live.mercer.edu The Middle Georgia Community Food Bank in Macon, Ga. is low on food supplies. As a result, many of the Middle Georgia charitable organizations that rely on the Food Bank to help stock their food pantries are suffering. Also, many of the other support agencies and charities in the area have reported an increased need of supplies and almost all of them have noted that giving is down. Ronald Raleigh, executive director for the Middle Georgia Food Bank, said the poor economy is most likely to blame for an increase in demand for food during the past three years. In regards to supply, Rev. Stacey Harwell, Minister of Community Building at Centenary, said, “The problem is, of course, all due to unemploy-

ment. Many of our regular givers have been unemployed during some point in the unemployment crisis or have had to withstand lower hours or lower pay with no raise or bonuses.” As executive director of Macon Outreach at Mulberry, Johnny Hathcock has been relying less on the food bank and more on area churches to meet the increased demand for food. Due to the help from the churches in the area, Hathcock said, Macon Outreach is able to provide groceries through its food pantry and hot meals through its feeding program. In addition to Macon Outreach’s feeding program, Centenary holds a community breakfast every Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. Mercer students from Wesley Foundation of Macon are volunteering their time to help with the breakfast. “While [this breakfast] does not fall into the food bank category, the community breakfast is a free meal offered to whoever shows up on Sundays,” said D.

Merricks, campus pastor of the Wesley Foundation of Macon. As a general trend, Centenary has moved away from giving groceries, but instead has focused on helping with utilities. During the summer, utility bills are so high that some people are faced with choosing between feeding their families or paying for air conditioning. “We strive to help folks gain stability through our transitional housing program and community garden,” said Harwell. One of the ways to decrease the shortage of food supplies is to look towards these community gardens. The garden at Centenary often has such an abundance of food that some of the food is thrown out. Other gardens exist around Macon, such as Pleasant Hill’s garden, and Mulberry Street’s. Local churches are not the only ones with service projects to help those in need. Alpha Phi Omega, Mercer’s service fraternity, has participated in various service events hosted by different organizations such as Be A Good

NeighBear. During these last few weeks, APO “has put together toiletry kits for Loaves & Fishes Ministry,” said Chantal Gunn, a junior. She is APO’s Interchapter and Alumni Liaison. In addition to those specific service projects, each week APO sets aside time to volunteer at the Senior Center on Adams Street, the Georgia Academy for the Blind and the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank, among others. It is not necessary to be members of these various organizations to volunteer and get involved. Local Engagement Against Poverty (LEAP) events that Mercer holds are open to any Mercer student who would like to get involved. Also, for more information about how to help the food bank and the agencies it services, call (478)742-3958 or (478)741-8777, or visit mgcfb. org. For more information on how to help with Centenary’s community garden, contact Jill Vanderhoek.

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Since the Middle Georgia Food Bank’s amount of supplies has decreased, charities have been forced to look to churches for help.

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Terminal Station is one of downtown Macon’s historical landmarks. After the City vetoed the proposal to retain management of the station, UDC Realty will handle day-to-day operations.

Reichert vetoes resolution for Terminal management By Emily Farlow Staff Writer emily.l.farlow @live.mercer.edu The “Crown Jewel of Downtown Macon,” Macon’s historic Terminal Station, was built in 1916 as a passenger and freight terminal. The railroad station operated for 50 to 60 years, with as many as 100 passenger trains arriving daily during its hey-day. However, in 1982, Terminal Station was bought by Georgia Power and used as their headquarters. The Station changed hands again in 2002 when the city of Macon repurchased it to be used as a Multi-Modal Transportation Center. Now, UDC Realty, a private company, manages the maintenance marketing and daily operations of Terminal Station, but when their contract ran out in May, the Macon City Council proposed that management again be taken over by the city. According to reports from the Telegraph, the resolution was proposed by Council President James Timley, and was initially passed by the City Council. The resolution would have given the city control of rental, marketing and maintenance of Terminal Station, rather than UDC Realty. However, when the mayor, Robert Reichert, vetoed the proposal on September 14th, the Council was unable to secure enough votes to override it. “The city still has control of Terminal Station, they just don’t take care of it,” said Clay Murphey, Direc-

“The city still has control of Terminal Station, they just don’t take care of it. It’s better to let experts handle maintenance and marketing. They can do that cheaper than the city can.” Clay Murphey, Director of External Affairs

tor of External Affairs at the mayor’s office, explaining that a private company like UDC Realty would run the Station more efficiently than would the city of Macon: “It’s better to let experts handle maintenance and marketing. They can do that cheaper than the city can,” he said. Murphey explained that, this way, the city would not need to hire experts. They would also not have to deal with non-experts doing the job poorly. It is the city’s job to find tenants who can manage the Station more effectively than the city itself could. The mayor vetoed the proposal so that a tenant who is able to run Terminal Station even more efficiently that UDC might be found. According to another Telegraph report, council member Tom Ellington admitted that the current situation may not be ideal, but it is more ideal than “direct control.” Ellington, along with Lauren Benedict, Charles Jones, Jamie Kaplan, Larry Schle-

singer and Nancy White sustained the mayor’s veto in the Council. Ten out of 15 votes were needed to override the veto, but the vote was six to six, with three Council members absent. UDC Realty, though their contract has run out, will continue to run Terminal Station on a month-to-month basis, managing tenants such as the Drivers License operation offices in Macon, and the offices of the Macon-Bibb Transit Authority. UDC, under the management of Hal Baskin, is currently overseeing construction on a new Transfer Station, which will provide ticketing, a waiting room and other amenities for passengers of the city buses. In an attempt to “maintain the historical integrity” of the Station, much of the construction has attempted to replicate the original decor from 1916, when Terminal Station was first built. For more information about the renovations, visit cityofmacon.net.

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Sports Editor

Samir Moussawel sports@mercercluster.com

Women’s soccer begins conference play win 1-2 record By Joshua Morrison Staff Writer joshua.haines.morrison @live.mercer.edu

The Mercer women’s soccer team got off to a slow start with conference play late last week as they dropped two of their first three games after closing out non-conference play with a win. The Bears closed out nonconference play on Sept. 18 in Macon against Alabama State. The Bears set the pace early in the game when junior Danielle Hesse got Mercer on the board in the third minute. Mercer had a relentless first half, with Emerald Phillips scoring her third goal of the year with a shot from distance during the 17th minute. Hesse decided to try her own shot from distance during the 36th minute and shot from about 23 yards out, finding the back of the net for her second goal of the game. Mercer continued their dominating performance by scoring their fourth goal of the first half during the 41st minute. Senior Kate Alderman slotted home her first goal of the season off a Mercer cross. Mercer’s fourth

behind the jersey

Samir Moussawel Sports Editor

Postseason spots wait on Game 162 The final days of the 2011 MLB regular season brought more excitement to our living rooms than anyone could have anticipated. Whether it was the giant collapse by the Atlanta Braves and the Boston Red Sox or the impressive surges from the Tampa Bay Rays and St. Louis Cardinals, viewers were on the edge of their seats in shock over the happenings of the dwindling nights of regular season play. Let’s begin with the downfall by the Braves in the NL. On Sept. 5, the Braves had an eight-and-ahalf game lead in the Wild Card race over the declining Cardinals. Beginning and ending with a three-game sweep at the hands of the Phillies, the Braves went 7-16 from Sept. 5-28. They lost six of their last seven, including five in a row to narrowly miss the postseason. With all that said, it took a 15-6 record over that span from the St. Louis Cardinals to push the Braves out the door and from the outside looking in at the playoffs. The RedBirds won seven consecutive series over the same span of Sept. 5-28, including a three-game sweep of the Braves and taking three of four from the Phillies in Philadelphia. Going into the final series of the season, the Braves faced the NLEast winning Phillies as the Cards

goal of the first half was indicative of Mercer’s dominating performance. The Lady Bears created 21 shots during the first half while yielding zero to Alabama State. Despite the strong first half performance, Mercer was unable to find the net during the second half, and the game ended with a 4-0 score line. Mercer kicked off conference play with a home game against Lipscomb on Sept. 23. Lipscomb came into the game playing well, and it wasn’t until midway through the first half that the Bears seemed to find their confidence. Washida Blackman broke the stalemate when she scored off of a corner kick in the 28th minute. Blackman’s goal was her second of the season and also the second straight game that Mercer scored off of a set piece. Olivia Tucker continued to build the confidence of the Mercer players when she doubled the team’s lead in the 44th minute with the calm finish of a deflected shot. The goal was Tucker’s sixth of the season. The Bears went into the break up 2-0, and came out playing in the second half like they wanted to finish the game early. Tucker did just that when faced off with the worst team in the league in the Houston Astros. With only a one game separating the two clubs, the Braves needed just one win and a Cardinal loss to solidify their postseason spot. With the Cardinals losing to the Astros in game one of the series 5-4, the Braves had their chance slip through their fingers. The Braves dropped the game and the one that followed as the Cardinals took game two from Houston. All tied at 89-72 entering the final game of the season, the Cards went to their ace Chris Carpenter as the Braves looked for veteran Tim Hudson to answer the call. The Cardinals took care of business early as Carpenter pitched a complete-game gem, only allowing two hits and no runs in an 8-0 rout of the Astros. The Braves entered the ninth frame with a 3-2 lead and looked to be facing a one-game playoff before rookie closer Craig Kimbrel coughed up the lead and the game went into extras. The Phillies would take the lead in the top half of the 13th (4-3) and rookie Freddie Freeman fittingly grounded into a game-ending/season-ending double play. Meanwhile, the AL race for the Wild Card was stirring up a not-so-exciting outcome at the time. The Rays and Red Sox were facing similar fates as they both entered the final game of the season deadlocked at 90-72. The Red Sox had a nine-game lead with 27 games left of the season. No problem, right? Wrong. The Boston team would lose 19 of 26 to put themselves in a position to fail in game 162. On the contrary, the Rays finished the season with a 17-10 September, which included sweeps to the Red Sox on Sept. 15-17 and the Yankees in the final series of the season. The Rays didn’t look to be sitting in the right seat, as they were down 7-0 to the Yankees even after putting their ace David Price on the mound in the final game of the season. The Rays looked up at the scoreboard and saw the Red Sox leading the Orioles 3-2 in the seventh. As the rain came down in Baltimore for the Red Sox, the runs came out for the Rays. The Rays burst out with six runs and brought the game within one run in the eighth. Down to their last strike in the ninth, pinch-hitter Dan Johnson hit a two-strike solo shot off the

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After beginning the season with an impressive 4-0 home record, the Bears faced Belmont in a hard-fought, defensive battle that resulted in a 1-0 overtime loss. Sophomore Casey Barrett led the team with only four shot attempts.

Sept. 25 when they took on Belmont. The game was a very hard-fought affair that ended up needing overtime to resolve. Mercer was unable to create many opportunities during the match, notching only two shots on target the whole game, while Belmont managed to create five. The game winner was scored in the 97th minute when Belmont scored a ball that deflected off the Mercer crossbar. The loss was Mercer’s first of conference play as the Bears fell to 7-3 (1-1) overall. When asked about his team’s opening performances for conference play, Coach Grant Serafy said, “I think it was disappointing when we are at the level we are at and have been at early in the season. We controlled the game, and it came down to one play and Belmont made it. We have to find players who can make plays.” Mercer was looking to recover after a disappointing loss to Belmont when they took on UNF on Sept. 30. Attitudes were high going into the important weekend of conference play with Coach Serafy saying, “We are positive and upbeat. We know one loss won’t deter us from achieving our goals;

we just don’t want to lose any more. We’ve had a very good two days of practice and we want to win the Atlantic Sun.” Mercer and UNF had a very even match according to the stat line, with both teams having four shots on target, three and two corner kicks respectively, and a fairly equal amount of possession, but Mercer’s inability to finish scoring chances was the decisive factor in this game. Mercer went into the half-time mark down 1-0. Mercer was unable to find an early equalizer in the second half, and UNF doubled their lead in the 65th minute. The game opened up for UNF after scoring their second goal because Mercer pressed much higher to try to create scoring opportunities. UNF scored their third and fourth goals of the evening during the 83rd and 87th minutes respectively, finishing off an impressive performance for the Ospreys in which they converted all four of their shots on target. The game ended 4-0 and saw Mercer lose back-to-back games for only the second time this year. Mercer will hope to build upon their 7-4 (1-2) record when they continue conference play over the next few weeks.

she scored her second goal of the night during the 47th minute. Tucker’s goal came again off of a deflected shot. It was her eighth of the year. The Bears had another strong performance on defense, needing goalkeeper Cagney Valloch to make only three saves this

game. Valloch recorded another clean sheet, as the Bears finished out the game 3-0 and improved to 7-2 on the year, with all of their wins also signaling shut out performances by their defense. The Bears finished up their most recent home stand on

foul pole in right to deadlock the game 7-7. Johnson didn’t even expect to get an at-bat. Fittingly so, the Red Sox game picked up right then and there and the Sox were also within a strike of closing off the O’s. The Orioles hit back-to-back doubles to tie the game 3-3 with two outs in the inning before Robert Andino laced a game-winning single to left. Meanwhile, the Rays found out between the top and bottom half of the 12th that the Sox had lost and Evan Longoria closed the book on the Red Sox’s season with a solo homerun in the bottom half of the 12th to win the AL Wild Card. His second homer of the game, the ball barely cleared the shortest and closest wall in the park. Baseball plays some funny tricks on the players and fans. Even when clubs were down to their last strikes, as a fan, you could just see there was still a lot of baseball to be played. The Braves and Red Sox just didn’t have the killer instincts this time around. The Braves “appeared” to be shutting down the Phillies in the ninth, Papelbon “appeared” as if he was going to close out the fighting Showalter’s in Baltimore and the Rays “appeared” to be getting clobbered by the Bronx Bombers in St. Pete. It “appeared” for a second that there would be, not one, but two one-game playoffs in this year’s Wild Card races. The lights were flashing, the rally caps were out and hope was still in the air. It took eight teams in the final seconds of their season to make sure that did not happen. The Cards and Rays capped off their comebacks just as the Red Sox and Braves solidified their collapse. When it was all said and done, it’s a beautiful thing to see the two struggling teams miss their chance and the red-hot squads make the most of their opportunities. Honestly, if either the Red Sox or Braves would have squeaked past Game 162, they would have found an immediate departure in a first-round sweep against whomever they faced. With the talent in the pool of this year’s playoffs, there is no room for weak pitching staffs or cold bats. With starters such as CC, Verlander and Lee lined up, those squads wouldn’t have stood a chance.

playerspotlight: #15 Ashani Samuels By Samir Moussawel Sports Editor sports@mercercluster.com

Fresh off the plane from West Moreland, Jamaica, freshman midfielder Ashani Samuels is having an immediate impact on the Bears soccer squad. Scoring his first collegiate goal in the game versus VMI and following it up with another on the road against Nebraska Omaha, Samuels is a force to be reckoned with at such a young age. The 6-foot-4, 167-pounder played three sports while attending Mannings School in Jamaica. They included soccer, volleyball and track and field. Former member of the Jamaican U-20 National Team and the Sandals Whitehouse Club team, Samuels has already experienced success at a high level, seeing his team advance all the way to the semifinals of the Flow Champions Cup in his home country. Samuels brings all of his experience to a vamped-up men’s soccer club as he sat down with The Cluster to speak about some of his interests and early experiences at Mercer. Cluster: How did you hear about Mercer? Ashani: After playing with the U-20 National Team, Brad Ruzzo (Mercer’s head soccer coach), was friends with the National coach and he recommended me. They already had a player profile on me. They gave him the profile and I received a call. He told me about the school, I checked it out online, I liked it, so I decided to come here. C: How is soccer different in America than in Jamaica? A: They are different in a lot of ways. In Jamaica, soccer is like touch football. The center midfielder dictates the game. The long ball is not Jamaican style football either. We like to have the ball at our feet and play a lot of touches and enjoy the game. It’s a bit different but somewhat similar. You still have to put the ball in the back of the net. C: How has your transition been to America so far? A: With cultural shock and everything, it is a bit difficult. My teammates and friends I have made here have made it a bit easier. I’m getting along. C: What do you miss most about home? A: Sometimes I miss the touch football game, honestly. I miss my mom and immediate family members. I miss my friends. Other than that, Mercer is like a home and I’m trying to make the best of it.

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With a homerun already to his line, Evan Longoria broke the hearts of Red Sox fans and sent the Rays to the playoffs with his walk-off homer in the 12th against the Yankees.

C: What has been your most memorable moment at Mercer? A: The win against VMI. We were down 1-0 in the 76th minute of the game. I scored a header to equalize it, another

“I miss my mom and immediate family members. I miss my friends. Other than that, Mercer is like a home and I’m trying to make the best of it.” Ashani Samuels, freshman midfielder

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Freshman Ashani Samuels has had a tough task on his hands since he has entered the states. He is starting school, experiencing a culture shock and is away from his family and friends and on a new club of teammates and coaches. player on the team scored, and I think Bryson came in with the third and final nail on the coffin and we won the game 3-1. In 14 minutes, we scored three goals. That’s quite impressive. C: What have you enjoyed about your coaches and teammates? A: They are always there to help you. They can always talk [to] and motivate you. They make sure you are always on the ball. C: What type of music do you listen to before games? A: I try to build up little vibes within myself when I go on the field so I go with something I feel more comfortable with, like Jamaican songs; songs that I am already accustomed to. I like a little R & B, I think. Reggae. Reggae. C: Who’s your favorite athlete? A: My favorite athlete is Steven Gerrard. He is a footballer who plays for Liverpool. C: Why did you choose soccer over volleyball and track? A: Honestly, I’ve never thought about that. I think I was just a little more talented in that. Things work out soccer-

wise for me. Soccer is a sport you can excel more in. I find [it] a bit more fun. It’s a bigger space to play on and more players to play with. It’s not really one-person-dependent but a team.

C: How have position changes affected your play? A: I like the experience of playing all over the place. I love it.

Samuels’ passion for the game shows through every game, as he has begun to put up some impressive numbers in the early weeks of the season. With their recent conference win over UNF in their conference play opener of 2011, Samuels and the Bears improved their record to 5-3-1 on the season. While his everyday life might be a little crazy and a bit of a “cultural shock” as of right now, Ashani Samuels feels right at home on the field with his fellow companions of the soccer squad. Watch Samuels and the rest of the Bears team as they continue conference competition with three of their remaining seven conference matches taking place at home. Watch the full video interview at MercerCluster.com.


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Volleyball continues season struggle on the road By Bryson Jones Staff Writer bryson.c.jones@live.mercer.edu

With three away games over the span of 10 days, the Mercer volleyball team was able to pick up a much-needed win. They opened this section of away games with a rematch against the Troy Trojans on Sept. 20. Earlier, the Bears hosted the Trojans at Bear Brawl and lost in three straight sets (26-24, 25-19, 25-11). This time around, the Bears were seeking revenge but came up short once again, losing in three straight sets (25-23, 25-16, 25-17). Junior transfer Jennifer Katona paced the Bears attack with 10 kills, followed by senior Anna

Coursey and freshman Caroline Carlton, who each had seven kills apiece. Junior transfers Madeline Dolny and Monica Sanchez dished out a combined 31 assists in the losing effort. After a pair of tough home conference losses, on Sept. 28, the Bears looked to take their game on the road for another non-conference bout, this time with the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Mocs. The Bears knew that they needed this one and were aware that they had to fire on all cylinders in order to get this extremely important win before heading back into conference play. The Bears fought and came out on top in the match, downing their foes in straight sets (25-20, 25-19, 27-25). In a close match, defense was necessary to come

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The volleyball squad will look to their seniors for a lift during the tough patches of the season. Senior Aimee Frutchery and the rest of the team will need consistency on their side. out with a win. “Dig or Die” is a common saying used among the Bears, and they most definitely chose to dig in this match. Defensively, seniors Charlotte

Harris and Aimee Frutchey led the defense with 15 and 14 digs respectively. The offense was paced by California native Jamie Duffy, who boasted a team

high, nine kills, in the match. Two days later, the Bears looked to take their momentum from their previous win back into conference, playing the Jacksonville Dolphins in Florida. In a very heated and highly contested first set, the Bears came out on top, winning 28-26. The Bears then dropped the second set to the Dolphins by a narrow margin of 22-25. This pattern repeated once more as the Bears came out on top in the third set (25-21) and the Dolphins finished off the fourth set (19-25), bringing the match to an all-important tie-breaker in the fifth and final set. The game went back and forth at this point and the Bears saw themselves within striking distance of their first conference win of the year. Unfortunately, the Bears lost

momentum when the two teams were tied at 15, and dropped two points in a row to lose 15-17. Although the loss was a heartbreaking one, there were some bright spots leading the Bears. Frutchey and Duffy each had their first double-double efforts of the year, while Dolny tallied her third double-double of the season. Head Coach Noelle Rooke looks to help her team improve as they delve further into conference. “Obviously this was a tough five-set loss and we’ve got to rebound and make it better tomorrow,” said Rooke. After the road loss to Jacksonville, the volleyball squad’s record now sits at 5-12 overall. They are 1-3 on the road this season. The Bears will continue conference play over the next few weeks.

coachingspotlight: Dance team introduces staff, 10 new members football head coach, Bobby Lamb By Alex Preston Staff Writer stephen.a.preston @live.mercer.edu

By Garret McDowell Staff Writer

The Mercer University Dance Team auditions held in September yielded the participation of several young dancers who will perform at games and Mercer events throughout the current academic year. The new Mercer University Dance Team consists of 10 girls: Madison Beavers, Christy Brown, Kayla Godwin, Porsche Green, Katie Houston, Kendalee Marcus, Elizabeth Peacock, Cassie Spears, Hannah Troyer and Kaila White. The team is under the direction of Terri Waits and Kim Hamrick, owners of T & K Studios in Jackson, Ga. Their dance education facility specializes in ballet, tap and jazz. Both coaches have devoted their lives to the art form, which explains why Waits and Hamrick meet and exceed the standard that Mercer Athletics has always held for a dedicated faculty. The two have experienced dance from both a competitive as well as a recreational standpoint. They were the directors for DANCEAMERICA

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garret.tyler.mcdowell @live.mercer.edu

The Cluster sat down with head football coach Bobby Lamb to find out more about what makes him tick and some clues to the future of Mercer football. The emphasis on athletics was evident from his love of the game and the way he addressed football. There is evident passion for what Coach Lamb does in the way he spoke about his job. However, job is a bit of an understatement, as Lamb’s true calling in life is football. From growing up in it, going to college for it, to working his entire life in it, Bobby Lamb can go to work every day happy that his job is his passion and not simply a 9-to-5. To him, it is the ultimate team game, one that emphasizes real teamwork and connections with one’s teammates. All the parts must work together to have success. Coach Lamb loves this facet of the game. The Cluster (TC): Why did you pick to play football growing up? Coach Bobby Lamb (BL): I was a multi-sport athlete growing up, playing football and running track among a host of other sports. However, I came from a very footballrich family. TC: Why did you go into coaching football? BL: The long tradition of coaching and playing has been in my family for years. My father was in coaching for 52 years: 35 in high school and 17 in different levels. There was an opening for a graduate assistantship in coaching after I got done playing at Furman and the rest is history. Basically, it’s in your blood after playing and with a family history like mine. TC: Who do you follow in college football beyond your alma mater? BL: As for my favorite football team, I am a huge Alabama Crimson Tide fan. My father loved Bear Bryant. It was a day when there would be just one game on television on Saturday, and more than likely it was Alabama. When Bear Bryant instituted the wishbone, my father used it for the high school team. As for my favorite player, it’s former Chicago Bear and Crimson tide running back Johnny Musso. Most people will never know who he was except for Alabama fans from long ago. (Musso was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000. Also known as the “Italian Stallion.”) TC: What did you study at Furman? BL: I didn’t study much. I attended Furman University from 1982 to 1985, earning a degree in Health and Exercise Sciences before moving on to get a Master’s in Education as well. TC: What were some of the benefits of that impressive winning record against the

BCS-level opposition while you were in school? BL: The team defeated South Carolina in 1982, Georgia Tech the next year, and then NC State the following two years, all as a lower division school. It was part of a very impressive run I was lucky to be a part of. This type of surefire success is very helpful for a team’s growth, as it can spur on the growth of a program. We’ve got to get the team when they’re at a lower point and reeling, and even though BCS schools normally have the depth to win in the fourth quarter, it could happen. Don’t expect it at the beginning, though, but a few years in, anything is possible. TC: How has recruiting gone so far, and what are the challenges that you face as a nonathletic scholarship football squad? BL: I’m very excited to be working at a school where academics do not find themselves shafted by a major athletics department. These bring in a high class of athletes that don’t forget about school, which is something Mercer prides itself in. While recruiting has been a great experience so far in trying to get the name of Mercer out there, recruiting for a non-scholarship football team that prides itself on academic excellence is a very delicate balance. I enjoy the process, and I can’t wait to get into December and later parts of recruiting where communication with the players is finally allowed. TC: What are you and your staff currently doing? BL: My staff and I are slowly putting together the pieces of puzzle of the Mercer football program. We are putting together the plans for the team’s uniforms, which should tentatively be announced by the beginning of next year. They are designing their building and fieldhouse that will be a part of the new stadium.

TC: Who inspires you? BL: My greatest inspiration is his father, a man with over 50 years of experience in coaching football, including the past 17 at the University of Georgia, where he just retired this year out of the office of high school relations and recruiting. My father was more than just a coach, and this philosophy stuck with me as I grew out of childhood and into the game of football permanently. My father had close, personal connections with his players, and I was able to be involved at a very early age. I took this type of coaching with me for my own career. TC: What do you think of conference realignment? BL: I am very opposed to it. I am very old-school, and to think of rivalries being lost in the interest of money is appalling. Also, the game is getting beyond a proper experience for a student-athlete. It’s all about the bottom line. It is out of control. TC: Bowls or playoffs? BL: Playoffs, easy. I played in the system and coached it. It really can’t be duplicated. Instead of neutral fields, games would be home and away, showing home field advantage. It’s exhilarating. A playoff would generate more drama, intrigue, and passion instead of bowl games. In essence, Coach Lamb is a charismatic individual who will be a great head coach at Mercer as the program begins. He has been in touch with Bill Curry at Georgia State, a place where a football team recently came to the campus. He has also spoken with officials from Stetson and Campbell, places where football is freshly stirring. Visit mercercluster.com for the entire video chat with the new head coach. Special thanks to Mercer Athletics for their assistance in shooting the video.

Viva la sport!

Garret McDowell Columnist

Videos games help increase sport visibility I am willing to say that more people in America know that Bohemians FC is a bottom-ofthe-barrel soccer team in the top division of the Irish soccer league from playing FIFA than from watching soccer games on the television or the Internet. I am also willing to say that more people know the depth charts of their favorite NFL team because of creating their own players in Madden to replace people than from actually watching games. Finally, I’m willing to say that sports video games have led to a higher incidence of people learning about the tougher-tounderstand rules such as offsides in soccer. I firmly believe that sports video games are something that have boosted the visibility of players, teams, and sports that many people did not know about. American sport culture is not one that supports soccer as a mainstream sport (however, it is the fourth-most-attended sport in the United States), but between decent performances of the US National team and the growth of online multi-player video gaming, many more people know about the sport. With a game that sold well over 14 million copies world-

and Dance Olympus, a popular dance competition and convention circuit in the southeast, and they are current Georgia representatives for National Dance Week. “We’re very excited about directing Dance Team this year and we anticipate it being a great program,” said Dance Team Co-Director Terri Waits. The squad now schedules frequent rehearsals in the University Center aerobics room in preparation for the upcoming Mercer basketball season, which is their biggest audience and primary focus in the coming year. The members have been working to raise funds for their uniforms, shoes, music and choreography. The dances consist of a mixture somewhere between hip-hop and jazz. They are currently working on a piece to perform at the halftime show at the next big basketball game. While many schools’ dance teams perform solely to ‘canned’ music, Hamrick and Waits are of the opinion that dance team members should actively engage spectators as the cheerleaders do. “The dancers are energetic, enthusiastic and eager,” said Dance Team Co-Director Kim Hamrick. “It’s our goal to

make this a positive experience for everyone involved, including Mercer fans. We want the dance program to grow even more next year,” she added. The Cluster caught up with the dancers as they broke in new dance shoes at the second team practice. Dance Team member Cassie Spears can’t wait for their first performance. “I’m looking forward to getting out there and being involved,” said Spears. “I’m getting a chance to be a part of something new and exciting,” she added. The primary focus this year seems to be the establishment of a more engaging atmosphere at Mercer athletic events, and basketball in particular. The dance team will collaborate with Mercer Cheer, Pep Band and of course Toby (Mercer Bear mascot), to create a fun, interactive environment for Mercer students and sports fans alike. Dance Team member Christy Brown said, “I’m looking forward to bringing back the Mercer Dance Team and working beside the cheerleaders and pep band. It shows that you don’t have to be in cheer or pep band to get the crowd involved in games,” she added.

wide (FIFA 11), EA Sports has proven that anything is playable with an online component. Teams and leagues worldwide know that the visibility in a game will boost them up, especially with the addition of game modes that focus on players and teambuilding like Ultimate Team in Madden and FIFA. I would have to agree that fantasy sports have done this for the major sports, but most of the individuals who do this are much more passionate about their sport in general. While I have known quite a few people who participate in fantasy football for fun or even in a pool, those that I have known are not as likely to keep following individuals or other teams. Money is the big factor. To me, fantasy games have traditionally been for the bigger fans. As a first step, sports video games are better to get someone intrigued. One of the main reasons this has happened was the growth of the social video game from the Wii. Due to this system’s growth, more people are playing video games that had not before. At least part of those people have started playing sports games, as sports games sales have been on the rise. Madden and FIFA have seen

an unprecedented rise lately. Another reason for the rise in playing and growing to love the game is the growth of achievements and obstacles to unlock in the game, so people are opened up to different teams and parts of the sport they aren’t familiar with. Some proof for this is the current leaderboards in a new game mode in FIFA that sees fans support their club and give them virtual titles. Spain, Barcelona and Real Madrid are not the top of the table by a long shot, showing that people are finding different ones to support. In addition, this year’s NCAA Football made individuals play with different teams than they normally would to get harder achievements unlocked. Forcing gamers to branch out has made more fans. I know many people will argue that I’m trying to force something here that isn’t actually the case. However, I know of many people who follow much more in soccer because of what they learned in FIFA. They like to watch the game because they understand it, and the lack of understanding has been an oftenused complaint by Americans who don’t watch it. I know I watched more hockey after playing NHL Hitz 2002.

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FIFA Soccer is one of EA’s best-selling games each year. It is among the most popular sports games available.


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Former basketball standout, fan favorite Brian Mills signs to play in Portugal By Garret McDowell Staff Writer garret.tyler.mcdowell @live.mercer.edu

Fan favorite and core member of the Mercer Bears basketball team, forward Brian Mills has signed a contract with Lusitania Angra Patrimonio Mundial, a team in the 12-team Portuguese League, better known to the rest of the world as Liga Portuguesa de Basquetebol or Portuguese Basketball Premier League. As for a comparison, this is the NBA for Portugal. He will not be the only American on the roster, either, as he will play alongisde Terrance Hundley of UC-Riverside and Momplasir Marcel of Rhode Island. The team is located in Angra do Heroísmo, Azores, Portugal. They are best known for having won the 2006-2007 Portuguese Cup over Benfica, one of the most powerful teams in the league to date. Lusitania went 7-15 last season. Mills will be the second-tallest individual on the team, adding size down low and depth to the post play. Not only does this promise Bears fans that a Mercer great will get to keep playing at the next level, but it will add more credibility to the Mercer basketball program. The more players that get to play professional ball,

“It was tough to be patient and wait for the call. It was a surreal feeling when my agent called me and told me I had an offer.”

Brian Mills, former Mercer basketball player the more knowledge of Mercer spreads around the world. With Mills starting in his rookie season, there is even more facetime for him, his career and Mercer’s visibility. This is the sixth individual to get a pro contract under Coach Bob Hoffman’s tenure at Mercer, following Calvin Henry, Sidiki Straub, Daniel Emerson, E.J. Kusyner and James Florence. When speaking to the Mercer Bears Athletics’ website, Coach Hoffman said it was a great opportunity and that Mills’ “bluecollar style” will impress his coaches and fans in Portugal. For those unfamiliar with Brian Mills, the 2010-2011 season saw him lead the team up against tough competition and come out stronger. A first-team selection for the All-Atlantic Sun Con-

ference team, Mills averaged 16.2 points per game and 6.0 rebounds per game in the final 33 games of his senior season. Mills led a youthful team into a close loss versus Belmont during the Atlantic Sun tournament. He is 20th on Mercer’s all-time scoring list, with 1,138 points. The tally is impressive when he had to compete for playing time during the early part of his career while behind the five who got pro contracts. Lusitania’s season starts on Oct. 15 against Sampaense. As for Mills himself, he is really excited and nervous to begin play. “The contract process was a bit nervewracking as a rookie. It was tough to be patient and wait for the call. It was a surreal feeling when my agent called me and told me I

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Argueably one of the most popular athletes in Mercer’s history on and off the court, former Mercer basektball player Brian Mills is 20th all-time in scoring with 1,138 points and strongly liked among the Mercer community. Mills is already playing overseas with his new team. had an offer,” Mills said about the signing process. “Discovering that you’re getting to play basketball professionally is incredible,” he added. In two preseason games, Mills had 10 points and six rebounds, followed up by 17 points and six boards. Both were tough losses,

but Mills started both games. He said that he had little to complain about because he gets to live near the ocean and play basketball. Speaking to his coach, Mills discovered that he was recruited primarily based on his stellar senior season, and will be asked to perform the same basic role that

he did at Mercer. He will be the primary scorer and rebounder for a squad that was lacking height. The Cluster would like to once again congratulate Brian Mills on this terrific opportunity to start and succeed in the Azores, Portugal, and will continue to update his play overseas.

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3-on-3 comes to a close as dodgeball, football start By Samir Moussawel Sports Editor

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Congratulations to the Hemoglobin Trotters for their victory in this year’s 3-on-3 basketball tournament! As the number two overall seed, they went 3-0 in the playoff bracket to garner the title. They won with a buzzer-beater jump shot in overtime against 3 Ballers. The final score was 18-17. The Hemoglobin Trotters’ roster consists of: -Spencer Hutto -Bennett Brock -Clayton Turk -John John -Khaled Kashlan

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Joshua Morrison Columnist

Arsenal Gunners desperate to find winning formula Two of our series on some of the “unluckiest” teams in sports takes a step off of the football field and onto the football pitch, but this time I’m referring to futbol, also known as soccer in the US. Last issue we looked at Notre Dame and the constant hype surrounding them in the past decade and the lack of success Notre Dame had on the football field meeting those expectations, let alone ever getting remotely close to ex-

ceeding those expectations. This issue I want to look at a similar type of team. I’ll look at a team steeped in history, a tradition for success, and an international fan base, and of course, a team that just can’t seem to ever get the pieces of the puzzle together in the past. To find such a team, a trip to North London is in order, with an end destination of Emirates Stadium, home of the Arsenal Gunners. Let me start by saying that Arsenal is by no means a club whose trophy chest is barren. In fact, it would be a fair statement to say that, historically, Arsenal has been one of the most successful clubs in the English Premier League. They have collected 13 titles and won a total of 12 English tournaments, but they have lacked a winning tradition as of late. Arsenal did win the league title during the 20032004 season, but have yet to win anything since then except the consolation prize that is the English FA Cup. In fact, Arsenal fans were so desperate to win a title that during the 2010-2011 season, Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wegner decided to field a squad of his best players during the League Cup. The League Cup is a tournament in which most clubs decided to send out their young prospects, teenagers, and give them playing experience; yet Arsenal was so desperate for a trophy that they fielded their squad at full strength. Predictably, they lost in the final to Birmingham City. Let me give you a comparison: that is the equivalent of the New England Patriots making all of its start-

-Dodgeball’s regular season will be played on Thursday, Oct. 6. - The quarterfinals through the championship will resume on Saturday, Oct. 22. during Mercer Madness. - Football registration closes Thursday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. -Soccer champions announcement coming soon. -Football begins with jamboree Oct. 10-11. ers play the entire preseason with the hopes of having the best preseason record, but in the end, they still lose to the St. Louis Rams during the last week. In order to explain how Arsenal got to this point, we need to take a step back a few years and explore the causes of mounting frustration for the Gunners. Arsenal’s most recent successes began in the late 90s with the appointment of Arsene Wegner as manager of Arsenal. The Frenchman changed the style of play at Emirates to a more flowing and creative game type, brought in several foreign players to help implement his new strategy, and the Gunners quickly found success. In fact, during Arsenal’s championship run during the 2003-2004 season, Arsenal never lost a match in all 49 matches that they played that season. Wegner was called genius with his new strategy, and the future looked bright for Arsenal, especially considering the talent they had on their roster. Arsenal never experienced a precipitated fall into the doldrums of underachievement and mediocrity. Instead, it was more like a gradual climb down a slippery slope of the transfer market. Wegner was always a fan of younger talent, and he preferred buying young players to develop them. This is very important, of course, because Arsenal standouts such as Fabregas and Wilshere are all products of Arsenal’s youth development; however, most people would agree that the root of Arsenal’s current problems is this very transfer strat-

Men’s soccer outscored opponents 9-1 in their four-game winning streak. That included three consecutive 2-0 shutout victories. • Freshman Ashani Samuels scored his second collegiate goal only 48 seconds into the match against Nebraska Omaha. Impressively, both of his goals have been headers. • Junior Will Betts has made three goals in just 10 shot attempts on the season. Two of his goals have been game winners. • The lady golfers won their second consecutive Eat-A-Peach Invitational this season on Sept. 18-19. • After just nine games of the season, senior Olivia Tucker has already tallied seven goals. • In the early stages of recruiting, Head Football Coach Bobby Lamb and staff visited 116 Atlanta high schools in four days. • In the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic, four female runners surpassed their own personal records. Those four included: sophomore Sammy Woller, senior Christina Kivi, freshman Iliana Garcia and sophomore Caley Cranford.

egy. Wegner was the epitome of an excellent business man in the transfer market. Whenever he received a bid from another team that was greater than the player was worth, he’d sell the players and try to find underrated, cheaper players to replace the ones he sold. During the 2006-2007 season, Wegner sold Ashley Cole (to one of Arsenal’s biggest rivals, Chelsea), former Arsenal captain Thierry Henry and Freddie Ljungberg. Many could argue that Ljungberg and Henry were over their peak, and quite possibly they were, but instead of replacing them with players with the potential to play at the level that Ljungberg and Henry played at for several years, Wegner instead opted to fill the void from within. In fact, the only notable signings during this period were Tomas Rosicky and Bacary Sagna (a defensive player). Things progressively got worse for the Gunners during the 2008-2009 season. The aging defense began to show signs of regression, conceding 37 goals, 13 more than third-place team, an issue that clearly needed to be addressed to keep pace with heavyweights such as Chelsea and Manchester United. While Arsenal was able to hold onto fourth place that season, mainly a result of a very prolific season by Emanuel Adebayor and Robin Van Persie, the writing was on the wall for many to be seen. Changes needed to be made along the defensive line, a new goalkeeper found, and better talent bought. Wegner seemed to address the defensive concern with the signing of Thomas Vermaleen,

the Belgium international. Vermaleen, while young, is a very talented player, but one that has had a injury-plagued start to his Arsenal career. Wegner wasn’t done with the transfer market, though. Shockingly, Arsenal then sold Adebayor to rivals Manchester City, even though Adebayor contributed 16 goals to the Arsenal campaign last season. Wegner spotted what seemed a suitable replacement for Adebayor in the Euro 2008 in the form of Russian winger Andrey Arshavin. Arshavin’s first year as a Gunner panned out well, as he finished the season with 12 goals, second on the team. Arsenal finished third, of course a disappointment for a team considered title-worthy, but nonetheless, Wegner promised glory in the future- the team was young and a year of experience was bound to help them develop. The defense seemed to be patched, and Arsenal didn’t seem to suffer too much from the loss of Adebayor, thanks to Arshavin’s standout performance. Let’s fast-forward to the 2011-2012 season. Arsenal currently sits 13th out of 20 teams, capturing less than 40% of its possible points. Arsenal are without captain Cesc Fabregas, star playmaker Samir Nasri, their star in the making; Jack Wilshere is out injured, Arshavin doesn’t make the starting roster most days because of poor performances, and Arsenal lacks the talent and technique in the midfield to threaten teams with the creative and free-flowing style of play that they developed soon after Wegner’s first appoint-

ment. Fabregas and Nasri were let go for very sizable sums of money, but it wasn’t until the last day of the transfer opening that Wegner made a move to purchase replacements for his key players. Of course, Wegner wasn’t able/ willing to pay top dollar for the best players available. Instead, Wegner signed a group of quality replacements, (but by no means good enough to replace the quality lost with the departure of Fabregas and Nasri), in an attempt to boost the free-falling squad from Emirates Stadium. The back line gained a significant boost with addition of Per Mertesacker, but preventing teams from scoring won’t be enough to keep Arsenal in the top half of the table, especially when the team is averaging a meager 1.5 goals per game. Arsenal is a shell of the team it once was in the late 90s and early 2000s. Instead, it is a team stripped of its stars with unproven teenagers and half-quality players trying to replace them, all in the name of good business. So, when is the next time that Wegner will be able to muster a team that is talented enough to compete for the Premier League title? Probably not for many years to come. Simply look at Arsenal’s 2-8 loss to Manchester United if you need convincing, or look at the fact that Arsenal is tied for the second to worst goal differential in the Premier League. Yes, it may indeed take a few years to right the ship, much to the chagrin of Gunner fans. Sorry, Arsenal, it looks like the trophy cupboard will be bare for a few more years.


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Sports

Women’s golf dominates, repeat as Eat-A-Peach champions By Joshua Morrison Staff Writer joshua.haines.morrison @live.mercer.edu

Photo Courtesy of Mercer Athletics

Head Coach Gary Guyer (left), sophomore Lacey Fears (second from left) and the rest of the lady golfers dominated the Eat-A-Peach Collegiate by recording a winning score of 587.

Mercer’s Lady Bears golf team picked up their first tournament win of the season at the Macon Eat-A-Peach Collegiate at Oakview Golf Course on Sept. 18-19. The Bears were to post a very strong performance as defending champions. Mercer succeeded in fulfilling their expectations, placing first out of 10 teams, leading the second-place team by an astounding 43 strokes. Mercer also claimed the top four individual spots in what turned out to be a very dominating performance by the Bears. Sophomore Lacey Fears was the individual and team leader for the Bears, posting an open-

ing round score of 73 and following up with an equally impressive 72. She finished one over par for the tournament. Fears’ efforts were enough to place her in first place for the number-one individual spot. Fears earned the numberone spot by beating out fellow teammates Mary Alice Murphy and Sarah Louie Brown, who tied for second place. Murphy finished the first day three over par, shooting a 75, but improved her second day score by three strokes. Brown shot one over the first day, posting a 73, and performed in a similar manner the second day, shooting a 74. Juniors Aurelie Wiriath and Kimmy Graff rounded out Mercer’s team competition and tied each other for fourth place individually, posting a two-day total of 149. As a team, Mercer posted a two-day total of 587, easily besting second place

Cross country smashes records at Louisville meet

Men’s golf places 9th at Waterchase, final round cancelled due to bee nest By Joshua Morrison Staff Writer joshua.haines.morrison @live.mercer.edu

The Mercer men’s golf team opened up their season at the UTA/Waterchase Invitational in Arlington, TX on Sept. 19-20. The men finished the first day tied for ninth out of 19 teams and were only one stroke behind the eighth-place team after the opening two rounds. The result remained the same after the final round was cancelled due to bees on the course. Mercer’s team leader during the tournament was Hans Reimers, who shot a 74 and 68 on the opening two rounds, and Reimers tied for third place individually. Sophomore James Beale had the second lowest total for the Bears, scoring 75 on both of the opening rounds. Alex Street finished third for the Bears, shooting 78 and 76. Mercer’s team total was rounded out by Thomas Holmes and John Wilson Gordon, who shot 80-77 and 82-79 respectively. The Bears were looking forward to improving on their opening round performance Monday, but they didn’t receive the opportunity to translate their expectations into results, as the third and final round of the Waterchase Invitational was canceled. A nest of bees located on the course was disturbed when a golf ball was hit into the area.

A beekeeper was called to the scene to investigate, and the keeper estimated that the hive was 75,000 bees strong. The final round of the tournament was cancelled for safety purposes, meaning that Mercer’s ninth place position after the first two rounds remained as their final placement in the tournament. Coach Steve Bradley had this to say when asked about his team’s performance: “We had an average performance. Hans played very well, and I am looking forward to seeing what he can do this year, but overall it was a pretty realistic finish for us. It showed us some weaknesses, but we have been able to work on those and build from that. We will definitely turn this performance into a positive.” When asked about the tournament, junior Alex Street said, “Hans played very well for our team, but our team didn’t quite play as well as we could have.

The conditions on the course were a little different than what we were used to, but we adjusted to them. Our team was playing pretty well during the final round until it was cancelled.” The Bears will be looking to build upon their opening performance of their 2011-2012 season when they host their first event of the year at the Brickyard in Macon. The Brickyard Collegiate is on Oct. 7- 9 and will feature some of the best schools in the nation. When asked about his team’s preparation for the Brickyard, Bradley said, “I think it has been going well; we have another week to do a little bit of fine tuning, but I am looking forward to watching our guys perform against some of the top teams in the nation.” The Brickyard is free for students to attend, and all Mercerians are encouraged to come out and support the Bears in one of the premier collegiate golf events.

Volleyball drops pair at home versus Lipscomb, Belmont in conference play By Garret McDowell Staff Writer garret.tyler.mcdowell @live.mercer.edu

After finding some rhythm towards the end of their nonAtlantic Sun start to the season, the Mercer Bears volleyball team came home to take on the defending champions Lipscomb and fellow Nashville school Belmont on Sept. 23-24. The Bears put it all on the line to try to unseat two of the Atlantic Sun’s best. Unfortunately, the Bears were unable to pick up a point against Lipscomb, and couldn’t overcome Belmont despite winning the first set. The Bears extended their losing streak (as of Sept. 24) to three games, falling to 4-11 overall, 0-2 in conference play. Lipscomb rose to 6-6, and Belmont rose to 11-6 overall.

By Bryson Jones Staff Writer

“[Referring to the Brickyard] We have another week to do a little bit of fine tuning, but I am looking forward to watching our guys perform against some of the top teams in the nation.” Steve Bradley, golf head coach

Lipscomb 3, Mercer 0. Mercer could never right the ship in any of the three sets, dropping them all at 25-19, 25-23 and 25-18. Despite leading 22-18 in the second, the Bears lost seven of the next eight points to see Lipscomb’s volleyball team take their first steps toward another title. Junior Charlayna Braxton carried the squad in her two sets, picking up five kills. She had a .333 hitting percentage. Braxton added a pair of block assists. Jamie Duffy got to 401 career digs on the night, adding four to her tally. Charlotte Harris’s chase of Mercer and Atlantic Sun records in digs was boosted by another 12. Amiee Frutchey had seven kills to lead the Bears. Madeline Dolny had 10 assists and six digs to further her streak of matches with at least 10 assists. Mercer was outdug 42 to 36, and

both teams had six blocks. The Bears hit just .010 as a team. Belmont 3, Mercer 1. The Bears experienced more heartbreak the next day as the Belmont Bruins outlasted them. The Bears jumped out to a 4-1 lead, winning the first set 2518. However, the luck would turn against the Bears, as they dropped three straight sets 2025, 23-25 and 14-25. Mercer outblocked Belmont 7-5 with Jennifer Katona having six blocks on the day. Anna Coursey had 11 kills on 32 attempts. In the third set, Mercer got back to 24-23 before a Belmont timeout quelled all the momentum, allowing for a Bruin lead in the match 2-1. Meanwhile, Charlotte Harris had 22 digs as she inched closer to the record. Jamie Duffy had seven kills and nine digs. The Bears are 0-2 in conference play.

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Junior Will Betts (number 12) broke the 0-0 tie versus North Florida in the 70th minute of play with his fourth goal of the season. That leads the men’s soccer squad.

Soccer on streak, improve to 5-3-1 By Salim Ali Staff Writer salim.y.ali@live.mercer.edu

For the past four games, the Mercer men’s soccer team has been close to untouchable. The first of the four, a home game against VMI, ended 3-1. All three goals were scored in the final 12 minutes of the second half. Ashani Samuels, through a corner kick in the 79th minute, scored his first goal of his collegiate career. Will Betts used his head to score after a free kick in the 81st minute, followed by a Bryson Jones score. It was the third goal of the game in the 86th minute. Congratulations to Joey Heavner, who had an assist in all three goals and is the first Mercer player to have more than one assist since 2009. The Bears’ next home victory was a 2-0 win against Georgia Southern. In the 41st minute of the first half, for the first goal of his career, Matt Brazer outplayed two defenders as he sent a low shot past the goalkeeper for the first goal of the match. Next, at the start of the second half, Ehjayson Henry maneuvered through three defenders and scored the deciding goal of the game for Mercer. Will Betts earned assist

Women’s soccer

Men’s tennis

FGCU* Stetson* Kennesaw St*

@ Winthrop Invite

at FGCU* at Stetson* Central Arkansas S.C. Upstate*

Volleyball seems to be hitting a rough patch. They are playing well yet not finding results. With close sets against defending-champion Lipscomb, the cards just aren’t in their favor.

points for both goals. It was an impressive victory for Mercer, considering the team they beat is ranked seventh for scoring offense. The away game against Nebraska Omaha also ended in a 2-0 victory for Mercer. This game turned out to be a pretty aggressive game, with 35 total fouls in the game. Mercer’s first goal in Nebraska since 2005 was headed by Ashani Samuels straight in the back of the net in the first half, thanks to a throw into the box from Josh Shutter. The next goal came in the 81st minute from Will Betts, with an assist from Joey Heavner. Mercer returned home to face North Florida in their first conference game of the season. The game ended 2-0 as the Bear tallied their third consecutive shutout victory. Both goals were scored late in the second half. The first was by Will Betts, using his head to give Mercer the lead late in the second half. Mercer then secured their victory on the 80th minute when Ryan King scored with a throughball assist from Matt Brazer. Mercer continues their conference play over the next few weeks, as the four consecutive victories have brought their record to an impressive 5-3-1. It brings their home record to 4-2 on the season as well.

Upcoming games (10/7-10/20):

Men’s soccer

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Shorter College and third place Armstrong Atlantic, which shot 630 and 634 respectively. Last season, Mercer won the tournament with a cumulative total of 594. With this being the secondstraight year that Mercer has won the event in their hometown Macon, they are proving that home field advantage is an extremely important aspect of the game. The Lady Bears will look to build upon their strong tournament finish over ther course of the next few months of the season. They will be facing some tough competition in courses to come. One of those matches includes the Rainbow Wahine Invitational at the Kapolei Golf Course in Oahu, Hawaii. The Lady Bears next compete in the LPGA Invitational on Oct. 7-9 in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Women’s tennis @ Georgia St. Invite

Men’s golf Brickyard @ The Invitational

Volleyball

Women’s golf

FGCU* Stetson* at FAMU at Savannah St. Chattanooga

at. LPGA Invitational

Bold = Home games * = Conference games

With a more-than-powerful performance at their own RunFit Sports Invitational, the Mercer men’s and women’s cross country teams looked to take their success on the road. The next challenge for the Bears was in Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 1, at the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic. This was a homecoming of sorts for two of Mercer’s top runners, one on the women’s side and one on the men’s. Juniors Kacie Niemann and Jacob Law both hail from the Louisville area and were previously familiar with the course, which leads to a great advantage. “Knowing the course so well makes a big difference, because you know exactly where the tough parts are, so you can mentally prepare yourself before you get to it, and you know how to take advantage of the good parts like where crowds of people are cheering, and downhills,” Niemann commented when asked about the advantages of being familiar with a course. The Bears wanted to have a great showing, and that is exactly what they did. The women’s team finished ninth out of 32 teams in their flight while the men’s team finished 27th out of 29 in the top flight of competition at the race. The women’s team was able to clinch their ninth place finish thanks to the efforts of hometown hero Kacie Niemann. Despite battling a stomach virus, Niemann came out with her eyes on the prize. She finished her 5K race with the second-fastest time in Mercer history. Niemann finished fourth overall in the race with a time of 18:12.53, and now owns the top four times in a 5K race in Mercer history. With Niemann leading the way, four other runners were able to achieve personal bests in this distance. Although she didn’t set a personal record, sophomore Lena Hamvas finished with a time of 19:07.72, just half of a second away her personal record, which was good for a 49th place finish. Sophomore Sammy Woller also established a personal record and placed 52nd in the race at 19:09.45. Senior Christina Kivi also came in with a personal record time of 19:30.02, placing her at 85th. Kylen Hughes was 164th (20:20.40), followed by freshman Iliana Garcia with her own personal record time of 20:34.27 at 178th. Sophomore Caley Cranford also set a personal record by posting a 22:04.47. The men’s race started off badly for the Bears when some of the runners went down in a massive pileup just 250 meters into the race. Despite this, the Bears were still able to establish a team record for the 8K distance. For the thirdstraight time, the Bears were led by sophomore Sony Prosper, who finished with a time of 25:24.42, finishing 87th. Prosper almost broke a school record by coming just less than half a second away. Senior Marc Kushinka (143rd) beat his own personal record, trimming off a whopping 16 seconds (25:59.18). Kushinka was then followed by three junior teammates Chris Svidesskis (26:00.77), Andrew Weems (26:27.50) and Jacob Law (26:28.87), who finished 146th, 177th and 179th respectively. Also notching personal records were sophomore Kasib Abdullah (27:18.68), freshman Josh Pendley (27:06.76) and freshman Jeff Law (27:46.61). Both teams look to keep up their impressive displays in their next race at the Royal XC Challenge in Charlotte, N.C. on Oct. 14.


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