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Beyond the diagnosis: How this Mercer student lives with Type 1 diabetes

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 30.3 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, which is 9.5% of the U.S. population.
November 21, 2019

In high school, Lauren Cheek, a current junior studying biology at Mercer, was a good student who was known for thriving in the classroom. She did her due diligence, got straight A’s and, as a senior,...

Mercer student becomes a lifestyle blogger

Ebonye Smith, second-year electrical engineering major and lifestyle blogger at Mercer University.
November 7, 2019
Meet Ebonye Smith: second-year electrical engineering major, golf player of 10 years, orange juice and dystopian novel addict and lifestyle blogger. And she’s only just getting started. 

Five tips to surviving concert camping

Five tips to surviving concert camping
November 6, 2019
Camping before a concert is one of the best parts of the experience, but it is also one of the hardest. It is very easy to slip up and forget some of the most important things until you get there. Here are some tips in order to survive camping before a concert.

I tried Bumble BFF for a week. Here’s what happened

I tried Bumble BFF for a week. Here’s what happened
November 6, 2019
I racked up about fifty “yes” swipes to my profile, but I only made matches with about twenty people. Of my twenty matches, I messaged five people first and around seven messaged me first. 

Clusterscopes: Scorpio season promises rebirth, power and manifestation

Clusterscopes: Scorpio season promises rebirth, power and manifestation
November 5, 2019
The tarot cards I drew this time were intense and sometimes foreboding, which is absolutely in line with this heavy Scorpio and Mercury retrograde energy. The majority were Major Arcana cards, promising true, long-term change; the fall of old power and the rise of new power. 

How to become more news literate on social media 

Because things can become viral so quickly on social media nowadays, it is important to be able to parse the real from the fake. Here are a few ways to ensure that the stories you are sharing on Facebook are up to snuff. 
November 4, 2019
Because things can become viral so quickly on social media nowadays, it is important to be able to parse the real from the fake. Here are a few ways to ensure that the stories you are sharing on Facebook are up to snuff. 

Clusterscopes: It’s time to drive your ambitions home

Clusterscopes: It’s time to drive your ambitions home
October 27, 2019
Welcome to Clusterscopes, a biweekly tarotscopes column. I’ll pull a tarot card for each sign of the zodiac to help guide you through the next two weeks.

How to make it feel like fall in Macon

Archived photo from October 26, 2019
October 26, 2019
Macon has completely forgotten our beloved cozy season and has jumped straight from summer to winter. What’s the deal?

This year’s flu vaccine is only 29% effective. Here’s why you still need to get that shot

Georgia Public Broadcasting reported that the 2019-2020 shot is only 29% effective. However, the CDC says some coverage is better than none, and last year’s vaccine prevented an estimated 40,000 to 90,000 hospitalizations despite being no more than 32% effective.
October 23, 2019
When enough people in a community are vaccinated against a disease, it can’t travel as easily from person to person, and the entire community is less likely to catch it. This phenomenon is called herd immunity, and it helps keep everyone safe.

The ultimate Mercer home game survival guide

The ultimate Mercer home game survival guide
October 14, 2019

There’s a dominant religion in the southern United States, and it’s not what you think. It’s college football. Saturdays are the most important Sabbath in the land from September to December,...

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

A Mercer student walks across the street in Mercer Village late at night.
October 11, 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
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. 
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