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Breaking: Classes suspended until March 23, moving online until April 3

Breaking: Classes suspended until March 23, moving online until April 3

Mary Helene Hall, Staff Reporter

March 15, 2020

Classes have been canceled until March 23 to give professors time to transition online, according to an email from President Bill Underwood. After that, all courses will be delivered online until April 3. 

Breaking: Mercer announces COVID-19 response, majority of students plan to move online

Breaking: Mercer announces COVID-19 response, majority of students plan to move online

Mary Helene Hall, Staff Reporter

March 13, 2020

In an email from President Bill Underwood, it was announced that students have a choice between in-person and online instruction.

Breaking: Dean Pearson addresses coronavirus concerns on SGA floor

Breaking: Dean Pearson addresses coronavirus concerns on SGA floor

Marianna Bacallao, Editor-in-Chief

March 10, 2020

Pearson said he’ll be hosting a public question-and-answer session in the Connell Student Center lobby on March 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Students urge Mercer to switch dining service providers after confusion over meal plan sharing

Students urge Mercer to switch dining service providers after confusion over meal plan sharing

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor

February 14, 2020

A Mercer student created a petition asking administration to remove Aramark as its dining service provider following a recent incident involving both General Manager Janet Walker and Mercer Police.

‘Drive and passion’: University Honors Programs restructured to allow more student inclusivity

‘Drive and passion’: University Honors Programs restructured to allow more student inclusivity

Natalie Yaeger, Lead News Writer

February 12, 2020

The Honors Program will be reinvented to fit incoming transfer students, and students who were not able to come to Mercer when Honors applications for freshman year were open. 

Federal Judge, member of Mercer’s third integrated class selected to be Founders’ Day speaker

Federal Judge, member of Mercer’s third integrated class selected to be Founders’ Day speaker

Lars Lonnroth, Contributing Writer

January 31, 2020

Sands attended Mercer for both his undergraduate and legal degrees,, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1971 and from Mercer Law School in 1974. During his undergraduate experience, Sands studied political science and music.

2020 vision: President Underwood reflects on his time at Mercer and plans for the new decade

2020 vision: President Underwood reflects on his time at Mercer and plans for the new decade

Natalie Yaeger, Lead News Writer

January 29, 2020

Making more of these fond memories at Mercer and having students change the world is Underwood’s main goal looking into the new decade. “I want Mercer to keep doing more of what it is doing,” he said. “I want us to continue to do what we’re doing but even better. We have come so far in the level of student achievement that I hope to continue that. Mercer is Mercer because of its students. I can’t wait to see what all they accomplish.”

Inside National Cybersecurity Awareness Month with Mercer IT

Inside National Cybersecurity Awareness Month with Mercer IT

Mary Helene Hall, Contributing Writer

November 14, 2019

“Everybody at Mercer community gets phished,” Brett Walker, director of Help Desk and Field Support Services at Mercer IT, said. “Faculty, staff, students, administrators. It happens to everybody.” 

Slower enrollment growth halts plans to build additional upperclassmen housing

Slower enrollment growth halts plans to build additional upperclassmen housing

Lars Lonnroth, Contributing Writer

November 7, 2019

Plans for a 300-student residence hall geared towards upperclassmen were drawn up last year, but lower freshmen enrollment and other variables indicated that there was likely not enough demand to justify building the facility for the fall 2021 semester, administrators said.

“Our priority is to keep you safe”: Campus parking restrictions possible after five tickets

“Our priority is to keep you safe”: Campus parking restrictions possible after five tickets

Natalie Yaeger, Lead News Writer

November 5, 2019

There are currently 21 students who have been barred from parking on Mercer’s campus. Mercer’s Chief of Police said that students can be restricted from parking in certain places on campus after accumulating too many parking tickets in a single semester.

Mercer’s delayed recruitment policy is here to stay

Mercer’s delayed recruitment policy is here to stay

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor

October 27, 2019

Mercer switched to delayed recruitment in 2017 to improve Greek numbers, GPAs and safety measures. Three years later, students generally disapprove of the policy, but administration says it's been positive for the school.

‘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, Staff 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. 

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