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Three17 takes the winning title at Battle of the Bands the second time in a row

Three 17 performing at Battle of the Bands.

Thais Ackerman, Staff Writer

November 22, 2017

“It was crazy when we actually won,” said Justis Ward, acoustic guitarist and lead singer of Three17. The 5-man-band took home $1,000 and the first place title of Mercer’s annual music competition on Cruz Plaza for the second time Saturday night. Three17 won the same competition in October 2016....

Mercer Artist: Sarah Kate Sellers

Mercer Artist: Sarah Kate Sellers

Catherine Gumarin, Contributing Writer

November 14, 2017

Mercer got a taste of a home-grown talent this October at Phi Mu’s Bonnamu event. Sarah Kate Sellers, a Macon native and freshman at Mercer, wowed the crowd with a mix of songs that showcased her southern roots and powerful voice. “Macon’s the home of southern rock. You got the Allman ...

Mercer Artist: Brittany Wiggins

Brittany Wiggins is a double major in creative writing and English whose passion
is to write poetry.

Elliot James, Lead Writer

October 12, 2017

Brittany Wiggins’ most vivid memory of placing pen to paper is at age 11. Writing poetry is something she has done for as long as she can remember. “It brings me clarity,” the Mercer sophomore said. Wiggins said that writing often reveals something to her. Sometimes it is a new thought. Other time...

Mercer Artist: James Ruffin

Mercer Artist James Ruffin is a musician.

Vanessa Alva, Staff Writer

September 30, 2017

James Ruffin’s eyes lit up and his voice escalated as he spoke of his passion. The junior music major and business minor performs with the Mercer Singers and the Mercer University Opera. “Music can be interpreted many ways, it can heal you and soothe your soul,” Ruffin said. "I have a gift, ...

Mercer Artist: Tamar Thomas

“There are so many things that point to what’s going on, and people shy away from it,” he said. “There are existing problems. There is proof of these existing problems, and nothing gets fixed.”

Jayla Moody, Arts & Entertainment Editor

September 13, 2017

Tamar Thomas has performed spoken word while shaking and jumping on stage. He’d get off the stage to a round of applause and compliments, but they thought the shaking was apart of the act. “No, that wasn’t supposed to happen,” he said. “I used to get so nervous.” Thomas is a senior Technical C...

Mercer Artist: Stevie Watson

Stevie Watson is a Mercer thespian.

Elliot James, Staff Writer

August 29, 2017

Stevie Watson simply “showed up” to her first open audition during her second semester at Mercer. She knew no one and hardly anything about the show. The young Mercerian was called back, made the cut and soon joined the cast of Hedda Gabler. “It was like the best day ever,” Watson said.

Mercer Artist

Melanie Lariscey, a Mercer student, sings and plays the guitar who wants to pursue a career in the music industry.

Jayla Moody, Arts & Entertainment Editor

August 19, 2017

Melanie Lariscey comes from a long line of musicians, but she’s taking a different approach to the family tradition.

Mercer Artist: Leslie “Gabby” Carter, visual artist

Although Addison Robinson started as a nursing major, she changed to an art major on the pre-med track. She is a junior, and her favorite artist is Vincent van Gogh.

Addison Robinson, Contributing Writer

May 9, 2017

“Gabby is amazing. I sent her minimal direction after seeing examples of her work because I love her style and believed in her vision,” said Hugh Hunter, one of Carter’s customers. “She gave me two panels that are very distinct but tied together thematically. The detail of her work is immaculate. The way she blends colors together evokes emotion, and [I’m] unequivocally in love with everything she has painted for me.”

Mercer Artist: Clay Young, musician

Soon-to-be Double Bear Clay Young completed an undergraduate degree in Music Education at Mercer and has returned as a graduate student in Choral Conducting.

Matthew Causey, Staff Writer

April 20, 2017

“Even from a young age, I've always loved music and always wanted to be involved in music,” Clay Young said. “It's just something I've loved waking up to every day to be able to perform . . . and also to be able to teach at the same time.”

Mercer Artist: Chase Moore, actor

Chase Moore is a student at Mercer who is also an actor and director.

Marianna Bacallao, Staff Writer

March 21, 2017

“Deep down, [acting] was something I always wanted to do, but I always viewed it as something unattainable, just a fun little dream that I never really considered as something I could do and be good at.” Moore said.

Mercer Artists: Justis Ward and Matthew Harris, musicians

Ward and Harris are now 2 out of 5 members of a band they recently started called Three17, named after bible verse Colossians 3:17. Ward is lead vocalist and acoustic guitar player, Harris is the band’s piano player, his brother Mark Harris plays electric bass guitar, Ear Bush is their electric guitar player, Ehjayson Henry plays the drums.

Jayla Moody, Opinions and Lifestyle Editor

March 13, 2017

Seniors Justis Ward and Matthew Harris both grew up in the church with musician parents. “I can’t give a starting point where music became big in my life,” Ward said. “My mom’s a musician so I grew up listening to her.” Ward’s mother sings contemporary Christian and gospel music, and he grew up atten...

Mercer Artist: Lucas Newell

Sarah Pounds, Online Editor

February 7, 2017

There’s Another Dead Artist in Japan these days. His name is Lucas Newell. He’s actually very much alive. Newell is a sophomore at Mercer University studying International Business and Fine Arts. As of December, Newell’s art is the only possession of his that remains at Mercer. He’...

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