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Macon at night: Catcalling, harassment and why victims don’t report

A Mercer student walks across the street in Mercer Village late at night.

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor

October 12, 2019

After being followed across campus by a stranger at 2 a.m., I asked Mercer Police if the office had collected any data on similar student experiences and asked two women about navigating Macon at night.

What it’s really like to be a twin

Photo provided by Nadia Pressley

Nadia Pressley, Arts & Entertainment Editor

October 11, 2019

As a young, impressionable teen, people's opinions really can have an effect on you. I don’t know what she felt, but constantly being compared by others to someone I shared such an unwavering bond with was a weird experience for me during our adolescence. 

Clusterscopes: A beginner’s guide to tarot

Emily Rose Thorne holds The Moon tarot card.

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor

October 10, 2019

Like asking someone their zodiac sign, reaching for a tarot deck when life gets confusing isn’t considered as strange as it once was. But what is the tarot, and how is it really used?

October 10 is World Mental Health Day. Where can Mercer students get help?

The Counseling and Psychological Services office is located behind Mary Erin Porter Hall on Mercer's campus.

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor

October 9, 2019

Less than half of college students who are suffering will seek treatment. But according to Emily Piassick, director of Counseling and Psychological Services at Mercer University, that number is increasing.

How do students feel about the digital Bear Card three months later?

A student tries to use a backup near-field communication battery to access a Blackboard Transact reader.

Ian Henshaw, Staff Photographer

October 9, 2019

Associate Vice President for Auxiliary Services Ken Boyer said he hoped the new option would bring the community choice and convenience. Now that students have had the opportunity to try this new technology, some are left feeling disappointed.

Here’s why NEDA’s weight stigma awareness campaign matters

Weight stigma is discrimination or stereotyping based on a person’s size. It can manifest in fatphobia, which is the dislike or fear of being or becoming fat.

Mahima Sultan, Lifestyle & Opinion Editor

September 30, 2019

I talked to a Mercer junior about her experience with eating disorders and weight stigma. From around the ages of 14 to 18, she struggled with anorexia, which is characterized by restrictive eating behaviors and a fear of food.

Sweet tea, humidity and culture shock: What it’s like to be an international student at Mercer

Sweet tea, humidity and culture shock: What it’s like to be an international student at Mercer

Zoe Beasley, Contributing Writer

September 27, 2019

So why am I here? What is it like being that far from home? Or, as many like to ask: of all places, why are you in Macon?

My story with birth control

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office On Women’s Health, hormonal birth control can be broken down into two subtypes: long-acting reversible contraceptives and short-acting hormonal methods.

Serena Golden, Photography Editor

September 26, 2019

Although I came in feeling like a strong woman taking charge of her health, I immediately felt like a teenage girl being warned not to get pregnant. My doctor took me through a birth control tour unprompted, showing off an IUD like a brand new Mercedes. I said I would think about it.

One year, two countries: Bri Levin’s cultural exchange in Japan and Morocco

Photo provided by Bri Levin

Aliyah Dorsey, Lead Lifestyle Writer

September 26, 2019

Levin found that living in two countries for the year meant adjusting to two different cultures. Here's what she learned from a year abroad.

How to stay fab on a budget in Macon

Tazeena Mandani looks at outfits with a friend.

Aliyah Dorsey, Lead Lifestyle Writer

September 26, 2019

We all want to look our best, but being decked out in the hottest fashion trends can be expensive. You can look like a star without breaking your budget if you follow these five simple tips.

Mercer student starts Instagram business: JeweledbyAQ 

Alexis Quarcoo, Mahima Sultan and Nia Dean wear JeweledbyAQ pieces. Photo courtesy of Alexis Quarcoo

Aliyah Dorsey, Lead Lifestyle Writer

September 10, 2019

Alexis Quarcoo, a junior accounting and marketing major, launched her own jewelry business this year, complete with an ambassadorship program.

How to avoid gaining the “Freshman Fifteen”

A freshman steps on her scale.

Aliyah Dorsey, Lead Lifestyle Writer

September 9, 2019

In the presence of a stressful academic life and thriving social life, it can be hard to make sure we’re doing everything we can to stay healthy. Here are five ways to avoid the freshman 15.

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