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How to make it feel like fall in Macon

Mary Helene Hall, Contributing Writer October 26, 2019
Macon has completely forgotten our beloved cozy season and has jumped straight from summer to winter. What’s the deal?
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.

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

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor 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

Jonathan Morey, Contributing Writer 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,...

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What it’s really like to be a twin

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. 
Emily Rose Thorne holds The Moon tarot card.

Clusterscopes: A beginner’s guide to tarot

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

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

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor October 8, 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.
A student tries to use a backup near-field communication battery to access a Blackboard Transact reader.

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

Ian Henshaw, Staff Photographer October 8, 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.
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.

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

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?
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.

My story with birth control

Serena Golden, Photography Editor September 25, 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.
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One year, two countries: Bri Levin’s cultural exchange in Japan and Morocco

Aliyah Dorsey, Lead Lifestyle Writer September 25, 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.
Tazeena Mandani looks at outfits with a friend.

How to stay fab on a budget in Macon

Aliyah Dorsey, Lead Lifestyle Writer September 25, 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.
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