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Polls open today for SGA elections. Tony Perella and David Boggs (left) and Taylor Jolly and Austin Harrison (right) will face off today.

Polls open today for SGA elections. Tony Perella and David Boggs (left) and Taylor Jolly and Austin Harrison (right) will face off today.

Student Government Association elections

The polls are finally open for the SGA presidential elections. The two tickets, Austin Harrison and Taylor  Jolly, and Tony Perella and David Boggs, will go head-to-head to earn the titles president and vice president. This year will prove to be an exciting matchup since Boggs and Perella are wild cards. Although Boggs and Perella don’t have any prior  SGA experience, the pair believes they can assimilate into their roles. One of their ideas under the campaign slogan “Reform, Revive and Involve,” aims to make SGA more transparent, particularly the Fiscal Affairs Committee. In Boggs’ presidential platform he wrote that Fiscal Affairs “has failed to be conservative with its allotted budget.”  Harrison — who is chairperson for Fiscal Affairs and in the running for SGA president — said at Thursday’s presidential debate that the budget is intended to be at a $0 balance by the end of the year. Also, he said that if elected, he would request an increase in funding for Fiscal Affairs and carefully “evaluate each piece of fiscal legislation.” Jolly and Harrison both have prior experience on SGA, and they serve on committees within the organization. Their campaign slogan,“Join the Team,” aims to involve students in various aspects of SGA. They hope include students in the decision-making process of SGA.

Koncert for Kim

In all kinds of weather, the Mercer family sticks together. Mercer’s  Alpha Tau Omega fraternity is launching an event called Koncert for Kim  on April 10 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. The funds raised at the event will help Mercer Women’s soccer player Kim Murphy who recently lost both of her parents. Tickets cost $10.

 Cherry Blossom Festival

Mercer’s  Center for Collaborative Journalism pieced together social media snapshots of the Cherry Blossom Festival. Cars, exotic zoo animals and Cherry blossom-shaped cookies are just some of the things you can see on the feed.  Check to see if you can spot yourself in any of the photos.

Why is it still FREEZING outside?

You’re not the only who thinks the weather has been chillier than normal. With temperatures running 20 degrees below normal on Sunday morning, Macon set a new record low, according to The Telegraph. On Sunday morning, the temperature dropped down to 30 degrees before 5 a.m. A thermometer at Middle Georgia Regional Airport recorded a low of 27 degrees before the sun rose.

Germanwings crash opens dialogue about pilot fitness

The co-pilot involved in  Tuesday’s Germanwings Flight 9525 crash, which killed himself and 149 people on board, was discovered to be suffering from mental illness. This discovery raises questions about how well airlines and regulators are doing to detect pilots who are too mentally ill to fly, according to the New York Times. Since the crash, European airlines have enforced that two people must be present in the cockpit at all times.