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BREAKING: Mercer fall athletics delayed by Southern Conference decision

BREAKING: Mercer fall athletics delayed by Southern Conference decision

Micah Johnston, Sports Editor

August 13, 2020

The Southern Conference canceled all fall conference sports competitions Thursday, according to a press release by Mercer University.

With fall semester approaching, SGA survey finds many students on the fence 

With fall semester approaching, SGA survey finds many students on the fence 

Lars Lonnroth, News Editor

August 8, 2020

A survey conducted by the Student Government Association indicates that 70% of students think a hybrid reopening model — offering a blend or a choice of in-person and virtual instruction — is the best choice for the upcoming Fall 2020 semester.

Recent graduates faced with tough decisions surrounding commencement

Recent graduates faced with tough decisions surrounding commencement

Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor

August 6, 2020

Mercer University’s commencement ceremonies are set to take place on both the Macon and Atlanta campuses starting Aug. 7. According to Senior Vice President for Marketing Communications and Chief of Staff Larry Brumley, there will be about 1,500 total participants in the commencement ceremonies. There are 561 on the Macon campus, 826 in Atlanta and 88 from the law school. Typically, there are between 2,000 - 2,100 attendees out of around 2,600 graduates who are invited. 

BREAKING: Thirty-five Mercer students test positive for COVID-19

BREAKING: Thirty-five Mercer students test positive for COVID-19

Micah Johnston, Sports Editor

August 5, 2020

Mercer University has announced that 35 students have tested positive for COVID-19, including 29 student-athletes.

Bear Fair goes virtual

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Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor

August 5, 2020

Campus Life will be using an emerging virtual event platform called Degy World to facilitate Bear Fair, an event that introduces new students to Mercer’s student groups.

OPINION: Mercer has good reasons to reopen this fall

OPINION: Mercer has good reasons to reopen this fall

Savannah Smith, Contributing Writer

July 31, 2020

As Mercer students, we are united by a similar experience. After spending our junior and senior years of high school combing through college websites and going on campus tours, we all committed to Mercer University. Our decisions to matriculate here primarily represent a transaction: 120 hours of classes in exchange for a degree. However, we are not solely bound together by the pursuit of a degree. We chose Mercer because we believed in the experience it provides. 

BREAKING: Macon mayor vetoes county mask mandate

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Lars Lonnroth, News Editor

July 27, 2020

Macon Mayor Robert Reichert vetoed on July 27 a measure passed by the city commission that would mandate masks in Macon-Bibb County.

Out-of-state students report mixed feelings about returning to Macon during pandemic

Out-of-state students report mixed feelings about returning to Macon during pandemic

Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor

July 26, 2020

The fall semester of the 2020-2021 academic year is rapidly approaching, and Mercer University students are preparing to return to campus. Some students’ trips, however, will be a bit longer than others’.

Students protest, Peer Advisors resign over Mercer’s pandemic reopening plan

A Mercer student attends the protest for online classes at the Godsey Administration Building on July 14.

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief

July 22, 2020

After Mercer University declined to offer a distance learning option this fall, some students have responded by protesting or limiting their involvement on campus.

OPINION: Mercer is making a big mistake re-opening in the fall

OPINION: Mercer is making a big mistake re-opening in the fall

Caitlyn Patton, Layout Editor

July 22, 2020

What happens when a university opens in a pandemic? Apparently, Mercer University plans to find out.

Mercer University announces changes to fall semester to combat COVID-19

Archived photo from October 26, 2019

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief

June 13, 2020

Mercer Bears will return to campus in the fall, but the semester ahead will be anything but normal. In an email to students June 11, Mercer University Provost D. Scott Davis announced changes to the 2020-2021 academic calendar intended to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.  While the fall s...

Principal deals with both sides of distance learning

Teri Reed sits at her desk in Jefferson County Traditional Middle School, March 12, 2019. She opened her school’s computer lab for her students during the teacher sick-outs that took place that year.

Phoebe Monsour, Staff Writer

May 1, 2020

Schools all over the country, including Teri Reed’s, have moved to digital teaching methods due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Jefferson County Public Schools started distance learning on April 7, and students and teachers have had to adapt to the situation.

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