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The streaming platform industry is becoming crowded. That's a problem

The streaming platform industry is becoming crowded. That’s a problem

Mandi DeLong, Staff Writer November 9, 2020
Some of the biggest benefits to streaming platforms over cable have been the variety of shows instantly available to viewers and their cheaper price in comparison. However, those benefits are slowly being overshadowed as time goes on and more streaming services are created.
Review: “Enola Holmes” is a delightful experience that will leave viewers eagerly awaiting the next mystery

Review: “Enola Holmes” is a delightful experience that will leave viewers eagerly awaiting the next mystery

Mandi DeLong, Staff Writer November 8, 2020
“Enola Holmes” is genuinely delightful and sure to be a favorite on my watchlist for the foreseeable future. With such amazing actors, timely themes and compelling characters, it’s the perfect film to check out and fall in love with.
One way to combat the damage inflicted upon the trans community through negative media portrayals is by celebrating and supporting trans creators.

Transgender creatives to put on your radar

Ivy Marie Clarke, Arts & Culture Editor November 5, 2020
One way to combat the damage inflicted upon the trans community through negative media portrayals is by celebrating and supporting trans creators. The figures below are not only reshaping how trans people are perceived by society at large but also making waves in their respective artistic fields. 
Bailey Grace Pattison has been singing from a young age.

Mercer softball player-turned-singer dazzles Macon 

Keith Holmes Jr., Staff Writer November 4, 2020
Bailey Grace Pattison won Macon's 487 Sings United competition this summer, earning the $2,500 grand prize and the ability to record a track at Capricorn Sound Studios.
Upcoming arts and culture events at Mercer you don’t want to miss

Upcoming arts and culture events at Mercer you don’t want to miss

Michael Mallard, Contributing Writer October 28, 2020
Even during difficult times, Mercer University is offering a wide array of arts and cultural events for students to enjoy this semester.
Mercer history faculty Dr. Abigail Dowling poses for a portrait near Willingham Hall.

How these queer professors support their LGBTQIA+ students

Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor October 28, 2020
Being away from family during college can be a period to allow growth and exploration for LGBTQIA+ students, but these students may still be in search of a support system due to the lack of parental figures at school. That’s where university faculty comes in. 
A student scrolls on their phone.

Review: Netflix’s “The Social Dilemma” is a hard-hitting eye-opener on our relationship with social media

Mandi DeLong, Contributing Writer October 10, 2020
The film excels at making you question your own relationship with social media and advises critical thought on how you’re actually using it.
Photo provided by Ashley Conlon

Capturing moments amidst COVID-19: How photographers are working during a pandemic

Savannah Smith, Contributing Writer October 8, 2020
Like countless other things, photography has had to adapt to a COVID-19 world. In adapting their craft, photographers around Mercer demonstrated creativity and growth.
Artist and former Mercer University student, Gwendolyn Payton, presented her art exhibit “The Faith of the Dreamer” at the Plunkett Art Gallery Sept. 25.

Mercer alumna’s dreams come true as she receives art degree withheld for 50 years

Ashley Pemberton, Contributing Writer October 7, 2020
Payton set out to achieve her art degree at Mercer University nearly 50 years ago. She completed all of her courses; however, the university did not allow her to exhibit her senior art show because of the racial tension present in the art department at the time.  Now, almost half a century later, Payton’s work is on display at the Plunkett Art gallery in Hardeman Hall for all to see.
Photo by Myke Simon on Unsplash

As theaters open their doors again, “Tenet” plays the role of cinema savior

Micah Johnston, Sports Editor October 6, 2020
COVID-19 has meant a lot of industries suffering, but movie theaters are among the often forgotten ways of leisure in the new hyper-serious and uneasy wake left by the coronavirus pandemic. Movie theaters across the country have had to close as a result safety problems due to COVID-19, and the sole movie theater here in Macon was no exception. But as communities everywhere begin to try and establish a new normal, what does a trip to the movies look like as 2020’s chaotic course comes to a close?
Review: Ascend into a hypnotic album from Sufjan Stevens

Review: Ascend into a hypnotic album from Sufjan Stevens

Jenna Sanders, Contributing Writer October 2, 2020
On Sept. 25, Sufjan Stevens released his eighth studio album, “The Ascension." Each track adds another level to the hypnotic feeling this record gives off. The album is incredibly dense, instrumentally and lyrically.
The Blane Dunnam Band sets up before their concert Sept. 11.

Macon Artist: The Blane Dunnam Band adapts to performing during a pandemic

Keith Holmes Jr., Contributing Writer October 1, 2020
Blane Dunnam is a solo artist and fronts the Blane Dunnam Band, During the COVID-19, Dunnam and the band had to adjust to performing during a pandemic.
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