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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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
Photo provided by Bri Levin

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

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.
Tazeena Mandani looks at outfits with a friend.

How to stay fab on a budget in Macon

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

Mercer student starts Instagram business: JeweledbyAQ 

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.
A freshman steps on her scale.

How to avoid gaining the “Freshman Fifteen”

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.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a metabolic disease that affects between 5 and 10 percent of women, half of whom don’t even know they have it.

September is PCOS Awareness Month. Here’s what it’s like to get diagnosed

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor September 9, 2019
My doctor told me everything I needed to know, but she also told me that it’s common for people to misunderstand PCOS. I spoke to a surgeon who specializes in reproductive surgery about the ins and outs of PCOS.
Macda Hailu (left) and Marcela Gaylen (right) wear leopard print and colorful scrunchies. Photo by Suzanna Arul

Five summer fashion trends to try this year

Aliyah Dorsey, Lead Lifestyle & Opinion Writer August 15, 2019
As the school year gets started, it’s the perfect time to switch up your style. Here's a look at what summer 2019 had to offer for fashion inspiration.
Graphic courtesy of Casey Colquitt

Mercer Fresh Prints changes the game

Mahima Sultan, Lifestyle & Opinion Editor August 14, 2019
Fresh Prints is a custom apparel company that aims to remove the corporate middleman when it comes to custom apparel for student organizations. The company works by selecting campus managers. One of these is none other than Mercer’s own Casey Colquitt. 
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