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The pros and cons of using test scores in college admissions

The pros and cons of using test scores in college admissions

Jacqueline Lamothe, Contributing Writer August 22, 2020
The COVID-19 outbreak has made many traditional college operations come to a screeching halt, resulting in many institutions allowing prospective students to apply to schools with or without standardized test scores, but the question still remains: should schools still consider test scores during the pandemic or waive them altogether? One must consider the pros and cons of the entire situation and why this choice should be entirely up to the student.
A student wears her mask.

Wear your mask, but make it fashion

Ivia Rollins, Contributing Writer August 21, 2020
Here are three tips to make sure your mask will never disappoint in keeping you safe and trendy.
Mental health in the time of COVID: Tired, lonely and unmotivated….oh my! 

Mental health in the time of COVID: Tired, lonely and unmotivated….oh my! 

Natalie Yaeger, Contributing Writer August 21, 2020
Mental health struggles in the time of COVID-19 are something that is hard to explain, but it’s something many, if not all of us, have felt. The desperation for a return to normalcy, the feeling of being exhausted even when we’ve done nothing and the isolation from so many people takes a toll. 
The Juneteenth flag was first raised in 2000 in Boston, Massachusetts, by designer Ben Haith, according to the National Juneteenth Celebration Foundation.

Juneteenth: What is it and how can we commemorate it?

Chance Allen, Lead Writer June 19, 2020
The enslaved were “free” as the Emancipation Proclamation was finalized in 1863, but it wasn’t until two and a half years later that it was actually celebrated and implemented within society.
How to stay busy during a quarantine

How to stay busy during a quarantine

Chance Allen, Staff Writer April 14, 2020
With the spread of COVID-19 and everyone spending almost all of their time indoors, it’s important to still keep the same pace that we did when we weren’t in quarantine. Here are some tips on how to keep yourself busy and focused.
A college student’s guide to the economic stimulus bill

A college student’s guide to the economic stimulus bill

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor April 13, 2020
Most American adults will receive up to $1200 via direct deposit, but the bill also affects student loan payments and expands the definition of who can receive unemployment benefits.
How to nurture your relationships during a self-isolation period

How to nurture your relationships during a self-isolation period

Ivy Marie Clarke, Lead Arts & Entertainment Writer April 13, 2020
Now more than ever, it’s important to stay in touch with your support systems, no matter the distance. Here are some ideas for how to bridge the gap.
Bregeth (left) and Judd (right) hug at a poetry open mic night they hosted through Roswell High School’s literary magazine. Bregeth ran the magazine and Judd was its editor. Photo provided by Prescott Judd

Women’s History Month: The influential women in Mercer students’ lives

McKenna Kaufman, Staff Writer March 31, 2020
It is important to recognize everyday women — women who have influenced the lives of those around them in ways that may seem small, but are pivotal in shaping the lives and worldviews of young people.
How waking up at 6 a.m. can impact your life

How waking up at 6 a.m. can impact your life

Mandi DeLong, Staff Writer March 26, 2020
While I don’t think that getting up at 6 a.m. every day is in my future plans, I do think that the whole “early to rise” idea has some truth in it.
Clusterscopes: Uplifting messages for trying times

Clusterscopes: Uplifting messages for trying times

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor March 25, 2020
The world feels confusing and uncertain. It’s the kind of situation where tarot can help us the most, however, so I’ll pull a card for each sign of the zodiac as a message about how to get through these trying times.
Mercer University President Bill Underwood announced on March 15 that classes have been suspended until March 23 due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19.

Tips for online classes during the COVID-19 response

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor March 24, 2020
The university will move to online learning until at least April 3, and potentially through the rest of the spring term.
What’s most important right now is well-being—but not just physically.

How to manage coronavirus anxiety

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor March 24, 2020
The novel strain of coronavirus, known as COVID-19, has prompted unprecedented responses that could be jarring to anyone. We don’t know what’s going to happen next, and the whole world seems more and more fearful by the day.
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