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Jean Bragg brought a little corner of New Orleans to Macon

Jean Bragg brought a little corner of New Orleans to Macon

Drew Daws, Contributing Writer
May 8, 2017
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"One day I came home, and I began to look in downtown Macon. I decided if I were to come back home, I was going to have to create my own little New Orleans,” Jean Bragg said.

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Lanier Prize awarded to Ellen Gilchrist

Lanier Prize awarded to Ellen Gilchrist

Rylee Kirk, Staff Writer
May 8, 2017
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Ellen Gilchrist was awarded Mercer’s Sidney Lanier Prize for Southern Writing on April 22. The prize is awarded in recognition of a “significant career contribution to southern writing,” according to the Mercer Southern Studies website. Past recipients include Ernest Gaines and Spencer B. King Jr....

Civil discussion on campus diversity focuses on politics

Civil discussion on campus diversity focuses on politics

Vanessa Alva, Staff Writer
May 1, 2017
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“The idea was to help raise awareness and educate that Mercer has a beautifully diverse student population, in every sense of the word. Attendance was poor, but I think that had more to do with the time allotted for planning the event,” Perry Hicks said. Although it did not turn out as expected, Hicks sees potential in the discussion template. “The panel shifted more towards a political focus from the questions and ended up not completely reaching our goal for the event,” she said. “It was a great event, and I think it could be very successful in the future.”

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Kappa Sigma resumes limited operations after suspension

Kappa Sigma resumes limited operations after suspension

Rose Scoggins, Staff Writer
April 29, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

“The Alpha-Beta Chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity is putting some finishing touches on a most successful Spring semester, [and] are on schedule to complete all remaining requirements to complete the Chapter’s sanctions,” said Mitchell Wilson, the Executive Director of Kappa Sigma. “We are proud of them.”

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Second vote for city’s anti-sexual orientation, gender identity discrimination measure to come after first approval

Second vote for city’s anti-sexual orientation, gender identity discrimination measure to come after first approval

Rose Scoggins, Staff Writer
April 29, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

“We need to set a tone in this county, [and] we need to lead when it comes to these things. We need to set an example for others to follow,” 2nd District Commissioner Larry Schlesinger said during the meeting. “Inclusion is one of the most important examples that we can set, and it needs to be put in writing for everyone to see.”

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Possible LGBTQ housing coming to Mercer

Possible LGBTQ housing coming to Mercer

Kat Heesh, Staff Writer
April 29, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

“It’s more just to serve as a safer form of housing for people who might not feel as safe if they were to have a random room assignment,” James Stair said.

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Mercer Innovation Center set to launch entrepreneurship program

Mercer Innovation Center set to launch entrepreneurship program

Vanessa Alva, Staff Writer
April 20, 2017
Filed under News, Organization Spotlight

“The Mercer Innovation Center is working on developing programs to encourage entrepreneurship and connect students with real-life startups,” said director of the Mercer Innovation Center Stephanie Howard. “What better way than to connect over coffee, and have meaningful conversations about starting a business? We hope that programs like The Grind will inspire students to develop their ideas and explore possibilities.”

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Tattnall Park to hold Sidewalk Chalk Festival

Tattnall Park to hold Sidewalk Chalk Festival

Rylee Kirk, Staff Writer
April 19, 2017
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Artists will compete against each other by creating chalk murals along the sidewalks in Tattnall Square Park, April 29th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Christianity major morphs into more inclusive religious studies

Christianity major morphs into more inclusive religious studies

Rose Scoggins, Staff Writer
April 15, 2017
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“I decided to go with the transition and adopt a religion minor instead of keeping a Christianity minor,” Bekah Fulton said. “I felt it was a more inclusive title, a better representation of my studies and I wanted to support the change from Christianity to religion.”

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Mercer hosts history honor society conference

Mercer hosts history honor society conference

Kyle Mullins, Staff Writer
April 15, 2017
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“I’m very excited,” Hannah Keller said. “This [was] my first conference, but I love history, and I love sharing it with people. To know that my work was worthy of an award is really gratifying. It lets me know that I’m in the right field.”

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Two Mercer students win Goldwater scholarship

Two Mercer students win Goldwater scholarship

Rose Scoggins, Staff Writer
April 15, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

Runyu Cai, a sophomore engineering student, said that after learning he received the scholarship, three thoughts stood out in his mind. “First of all, my hard work and perseverance over years paid off. Secondly, I was so grateful that there are so many people standing behind me and giving me their best support,” he said in an email. “Thirdly, I felt a great honor to be able to represent my dear Mercer University at such a high level of recognition!”

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Bearstock wows the crowd with big names and new format

Bearstock wows the crowd with big names and new format

Justin Baxley, Sports Editor
April 14, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

“I thought I was going to hate the move to Hawkin’s arena,” junior Meghan Veuleman said. “Overall, it was my favorite Bearstock that I have been to.”

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