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Five artists you should be listening to this fall

Five artists you should be listening to this fall

Chance Allen, Lead Arts & Culture Writer

September 20, 2020

Looking for new artists to listen to? Whether you’re making a new study playlist or jamming out with a few friends, here are five artists that you should definitely be listening to this fall.

Mercer Artist: Blue Skyy Designs showcases relentless hope and self love through design

Jacqueline Lamothe poses for a portrait at Mercer University.

Natalie Yaeger, Contributing Writer

September 19, 2020

Blue Skyy Designs is a creative business created by journalism major and graphic design minor Jacqueline Lamothe, who is a sophomore at Mercer University.  Lamothe creates art from the heart, focusing on creations that “highlight relentless hope, help showcase who you are, show the love of Christ, s...

Alternative albums you missed this summer

Alternative albums you missed this summer

Jenna Sanders, Contributing Writer

September 19, 2020

This summer was a boon for fans of alternative music as artists worldwide dropped new albums. Here are four of the best records from summer 2020 to add to your playlist.

Here are four albums to uplift your mood post-quarantine

Here are four albums to uplift your mood post-quarantine

Jacqueline Lamothe, Contributing Writer

September 18, 2020

Undoubtedly, this stressful time has impacted our mental health. Whether that impact has been for better or for worse, listening to music can be a healthy way to stay sane. This time has also given us an opportunity to relive some of the most iconic moments in music that may have defined our lives at one point, or discover new music that you’ll be listening to way after quarantine. Either way, here are some albums to uplift your mood.

Review: The Umbrella Academy’s second season is even stronger than the first

Review: The Umbrella Academy’s second season is even stronger than the first

Mandi DeLong, Contributing Writer

September 12, 2020

The second season of the Umbrella Academy takes the best parts of the first season and builds on it. All of the siblings are given important character development throughout the season and grow both as individuals and as a family. A far cry from the distant and hurt siblings from the first season, the Hagreeves siblings are all given separate and unique plotlines that allow them to shine. Their development is all natural and leads to many heartwarming moments as they begin to heal from their respective traumas and find themselves as a family again.

WAP: Women and Power 

WAP: Women and Power 

Ashley Pemberton, Contributing Writer

September 11, 2020

Cardi B broke her music hiatus by releasing her new single “WAP” ft. Megan Thee Stallion under Atlanta Records in August of 2020. The song features guest appearances by famous female figures, including Normani, Rosalía, Sukihana, Mulatto and Kylie Jenner. Both Cardi and Megan are familiar with ex...

COVID-19 pushes new advancements within the School of Music

Music student Melody Little receives instruction from Piano 1 professor Gail Pollock during the COVID-19 outbreak. Pollock also said that she disinfects the area with Pledge Antibacterial Surface Cleaner between classes.

Safia Serena Tejani, Contributing Writer

September 10, 2020

Ever wonder how an in-class mask mandate applies to singers and other musicians within Mercer University’s School of Music? Singers and other musicians are required to wear masks even while singing or playing their instruments — but how is that possible?

Review: The stories stitched in Wini McQueen’s quilts

The Wini McQueen exhibit at the Museum of Arts and Sciences.

Ivy Marie Clarke, Arts & Culture Editor

September 9, 2020

Best known as a textile artist, McQueen masterfully melds together the craft of quilting with the art of storytelling, often to capture what it means to be an African American woman in the South. 

Review: Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” indicates a mature new persona

Swift suddenly announced the release of her eighth studio album, “Folklore,” at midnight on July 24. 

Ivy Marie Clarke, Arts & Culture Editor

August 26, 2020

Taylor Swift’s success has in part been owed to the massive promotions of her albums, even to the extent that she changes her personal aesthetics to correspond with the sounds of her new music. You may know her best as America’s sweetheart during her “Fearless” era, the vintage darling of “...

Allman Brothers mural coming to downtown Macon

Allman Brothers mural coming to downtown Macon

Ivy Marie Clarke, Arts & Culture Editor

August 25, 2020

The Sierra Development Group and Argus Eyed Partners, a community development partnership, has unveiled plans for an Allman Brothers Band mural to be painted between the downtown Lofts at Capricorn and Mercer Music at Capricorn. 

Female rappers take new heights this summer

Female rappers take new heights this summer

Chance Allen, Lead Arts & Culture Writer

August 24, 2020

From the audacious flows of Saweetie to the powerful lyrics of Chika, here are five female rappers to check out and add to your playlist. 

How Mercer students coped with quarantine by revisiting childhood favorites

Free for use photo by Eric Mclean via Unsplash

Mandi DeLong, Contributing Writer

August 23, 2020

When Mercer switched to online classes for the rest of spring semester in March, many students went home to their childhood homes rather than remain on campus. During that time, a lot of them found themselves revisiting  their childhood interests. 

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