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NEWS RUNDOWN: Mercer expands med school, Tarver installs commuter lounge and students phone bank for Biden

Mercer University holds a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of its planned medical school campus in Uptown Columbus on the banks of the Chattahoochee River. Photo provided by Mercer University Marketing Communications

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief

September 26, 2020

Mercer University and its students have been busy since the fall semester began. Here’s a rundown of some of the top news stories from campus and beyond.

Great Books program implements three-year diversity plan 

The Great Books program is one of the two general education tracks for students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Mandi DeLong, Contributing Writer

September 25, 2020

The new director of the Great Books program, Charlotte Thomas,  is working on a three-year plan to incorporate more works written by female authors and authors of color into the Great Books curriculum.

Pilgrimage to Penfield to stay on campus

Students visit Jesse Mercer's gravesite during 2019's Pilgrimage to Penfield.

Henry Keating, Contributing Writer

September 22, 2020

Every fall, first-year students load onto charter buses and make the “Pilgrimage to Penfield,” where students go to the site of Mercer’s founding. This year, however, new students will be attending a reimagined version of Pilgrimage to Penfield Oct. 17 in Five Star Stadium as a result of the COVI...

Student files lawsuit against Mercer over spring coronavirus response

Student files lawsuit against Mercer over spring coronavirus response

Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor

September 15, 2020

A Mercer University senior filed a class-action lawsuit against the school on behalf of all students who paid tuition for “in-person, hands-on educational services and experiences” in the spring 2020 semester.

Mercer begins undergraduate COVID-19 surveillance testing 

Mercer begins undergraduate COVID-19 surveillance testing 

Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor

September 13, 2020

Mercer University began surveillance testing on the Macon campus for undergraduate students on Sept. 1. The university previously began this testing procedure in graduate and professional programs in Macon and Atlanta on Aug. 25. 

Mercer University updates mask guidelines

Lucia Gutierrez wears a mask in the University Center.

Mandi DeLong, Contributing Writer

September 9, 2020

Mercer University updated their COVID-19 policies surrounding face masks Aug. 24. While Mercer first put into place a mask requirement during its second summer session, the policy was expanded in mid-August after fall classes began. The original policy, sent out in July, did not specify what kind of masks were acceptable or how users would be required to wear them. The updated policy now specifies that all individuals on-campus are required to wear masks that cover their nose, mouth and chin. 

BREAKING: Forty-five students, two employees test positive for COVID-19

BREAKING: Forty-five students, two employees test positive for COVID-19

Lars Lonnroth, News Editor

September 4, 2020

Mercer University saw an additional 47 positive coronavirus cases during the week of Aug. 28 to Sept. 3.

Mercer University updates COVID-19 protocols following new CDC guidelines

Mercer University updates COVID-19 protocols following new CDC guidelines

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief

September 1, 2020

Mercer University quietly changed its COVID-19 protocols in a document posted to its coronavirus page Tuesday. The document is an updated version of one that was released in June. The updates reduce the amount of time a student who tests positive for COVID-19 must be fever-free before ending their self-isolation and removes a previous suggestion that a student test negative twice before ending self-isolation. 

UPDATE: 103 students, 15 staff test positive for COVID-19

UPDATE: 103 students, 15 staff test positive for COVID-19

Lars Lonnroth, News Editor

August 27, 2020

The Mercer University administration announced Aug. 21 that 118 people — 103 students and 15 faculty and staff — tested positive for COVID-19 across Mercer’s four campuses, coming on the heels of mass testing for Macon residential undergraduate students. 

Mercer opens COVID-19 testing lab on campus

Mercer University opened a COVID-19 testing laboratory on its Macon campus. Photo provided by Mercer University Marketing Communications

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief

August 22, 2020

The lab, operated by Mercer’s School of Medicine and affiliated primary care practice Mercer Medicine, staffs three technicians and can conduct about 740 tests per day with results released within two business days.

BREAKING: 103 students, 15 staff test positive for COVID-19

BREAKING: 103 students, 15 staff test positive for COVID-19

Lars Lonnroth, News Editor

August 21, 2020

The Mercer University administration announced Friday that 103 students across Mercer’s four campuses tested positive for the coronavirus.

With fall semester approaching, SGA survey finds many students on the fence 

A survey conducted by the Student Government Association indicates that 70% of students think a hybrid reopening model — offering a blend or a choice of in-person and virtual instruction — is the best choice for the upcoming Fall 2020 semester.

Lars Lonnroth, News Editor

August 8, 2020

A survey conducted by the Student Government Association indicates that 70% of students think a hybrid reopening model — offering a blend or a choice of in-person and virtual instruction — is the best choice for the upcoming Fall 2020 semester.

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