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New Mercer organization seeks to spark interfaith dialogue

New Mercer organization seeks to spark interfaith dialogue

Mandi DeLong, Contributing Writer

October 14, 2019

Bears Engaged Across Religion aims to reach students with religious and nonreligious backgrounds to participate in an interfaith dialogue about faith traditions. 

Mercer Green Coalition pushes for sustainability at campus strike

Mercer Green Coalition pushes for sustainability at campus strike

Jacob Lugenbeel, Contributing Writer

October 13, 2019

“The biggest thing is that we hope that people make changes in their personal lives and their habits, but obviously we would like to see a change in the way that Mercer itself is structured and how it handles sustainability issues,” said Emily Harvey, a Mercer Green Coalition member.

New park opens as latest part of Macon-Bibb’s Blight Remediation Program

New park opens as latest part of Macon-Bibb’s Blight Remediation Program

Phoebe Monsour, Contributing Writer

October 13, 2019

The park includes “new sidewalks, monumental signage and street trees” around Gray Highway and other streets within the area.

‘Just as strong as it was before:’ Mercer’s Baptist Collegiate Ministries chapter continues after losing minister to budget cuts

‘Just as strong as it was before:’ Mercer’s Baptist Collegiate Ministries chapter continues after losing minister to budget cuts

Lisa Meskimen, Contributing Writer

October 10, 2019

Due to budget cuts and restructuring in the Georgia Baptist Mission Board, BCM’s minister Chris Fuller was laid off in the spring of 2019. Now, the student organization is adjusting to the changes with the help of their leadership and volunteers. 

Books, beer and bonding: Washington Memorial Library and Just Tap’d host a monthly book club

Books, beer and bonding: Washington Memorial Library and Just Tap’d host a monthly book club

Natalie Yaeger, Lead News Writer

October 9, 2019

Local library staff are working to bring the Macon community closer together through a love of literature at a local venue. Being exposed to new books pushes people outside of their comfort zones, allowing more interaction, development and discussion of ideas. 

Psychology professor to lead semester-long study abroad program in London

Psychology professor to lead semester-long study abroad program in London

Natalie Yaeger, Lead News Writer

October 8, 2019

Some of the courses being offered include Introduction to Psychology and Health Psychology, both taught by Borchardt, as well as classes in art history, English studies and British life and culture. “It’s like you’re in Mercer in Macon, but you’re actually in London!” she said.

“Macon Peace”: Local organizations aim to decrease youth violence

“Macon Peace”: Local organizations aim to decrease youth violence

Sterling Neill, Contributing Writer

September 28, 2019

Organizer and creator of the community organization LJ Malone said he believes that the citizens of Macon desperately need a new approach to handling violence. He got the idea to start this organization while advocating for music artists in the Macon area.

Mercer University to offer new study abroad scholarship

Mercer University to offer new study abroad scholarship

Zaira Khan, Contributing Writer

September 28, 2019

Through the increase of more streamlined financial aid opportunities, Mercer students now have a greater opportunity to expand their worldview with over 30 programs offered in a number of various disciplines.

Upcoming walk for domestic violence supports the cause in Macon

Upcoming walk for domestic violence supports the cause in Macon

Mary Helene Hall, Contributing Writer

September 27, 2019

The walk is hosted in memory of Crystal Harris, a nursing student who was killed by her ex-boyfriend in an act of domestic violence Oct. 3, 2005. Organizer Lekeshia Henderson said there has been a decent turnout in the past, but she has higher hopes for this year and that Mercer students will get involved.

Engineering POD and Which Wich meal swipes: Mercer Dining changes explained

Engineering POD and Which Wich meal swipes: Mercer Dining changes explained

Christian Watson, Contributing Writer

September 26, 2019

This semester, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors returned to find that the engineering building’s Provisions on Demand (POD) was gone. On the other side of campus, Which Wich’s meal swipe display no longer included salads. In an email to The Cluster, General Manager of Campus Food Janet...

Study shows student debt and loan trends at Mercer University

Study shows student debt and loan trends at Mercer University

Sterling Neill and Phoebe Monsour

September 25, 2019

A study aims to show how student loan debt has changed over the past decade. The study focuses on the percent change of graduates with student loan debt, the change of the average student debt per borrower and how the percent change of debt changes on average per borrower.

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