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Mercer Police looks to clear parking confusion

Mercer Police looks to clear parking confusion

Rylee Kirk, Lead News Writer and Advertising Manager

April 10, 2019

Mercer University Police, or Merpo, have responded to student concerns throughout the semester about parking rules and tickets on campus. In an email to students March 8, Merpo said that fines were being placed on students’ accounts in advance of course registration, which began March 11. “Many of these...

‘Justice for Jibri:’ Two sentenced in 2016 killing of Mercer student-athlete

‘Justice for Jibri:’ Two sentenced in 2016 killing of Mercer student-athlete

Emily Rose Thorne, New Editor

March 27, 2019

Nearly three years after he took on the homicide case of 23-year-old Mercer student and basketball player Jibri Bryan, District Attorney David Cooke said he feels justice has finally been served. “Our number-one goal in this was to get justice for Jibri, his family and the community,” Cooke s...

Police Blotter: harassing communications, theft by taking, entering auto and fraud

Police Blotter: harassing communications, theft by taking, entering auto and fraud

Emily Rose Thorne, News Editor

March 27, 2019

Mercer Police have responded to three car break-ins, two instances of harassing communications and other crimes, such as theft by taking and fraud, across campus in March 2019. Harassing communications Chief of Police Gary Collins responded to a report March 5 that the complainant had received ...

Increased security, new cameras, police radios and more: how Mercer has improved campus safety since 2018

Increased security, new cameras, police radios and more: how Mercer has improved campus safety since 2018

Emily Rose Thorne, News Editor

March 11, 2019

The day after a Macon man fired six shots at a group of students and a recent graduate walking in Mercer Village in January 2018, University President Bill Underwood said that the school would increase its security measures. Underwood said in a statement following the shooting that “for the foreseeable fu...

Police Blotter: Car break-ins, theft by taking, sexual battery and more

Police Blotter: Car break-ins, theft by taking, sexual battery and more

Emily Rose Thorne, News Editor

March 2, 2019

Mercer Police have responded to 16 crimes on Mercer’s campus so far in 2019, according to reports provided to The Cluster on Feb. 25. Car break-ins constituted the majority of crimes. Entering auto: Adams St. The first car break-in of 2019 occurred in the Adams St. parking lot Jan. 11. “I w...

Mercer student threatened with gun near Stadium Drive Bridge

Mercer student threatened with gun near Stadium Drive Bridge

Emily Rose Thorne and Katie Atkinson

September 24, 2018

An earlier version of this article mentioned an armed robbery.  This statement has since been corrected to reflect a robbery did not occur. This article has been updated to include information about the University’s policy on campus-wide alerts. A student reported being threatened with a gun n...

Her Story: Sexual assault victims raise concerns over reporting process

Her Story: Sexual assault victims raise concerns over reporting process

Katie Atkinson and Summer Perritt

April 12, 2018

TRIGGER WARNING This article or section, or pages it links to, contains information about sexual assault and/or violence which may be triggering to survivors.   Two victims of sexual assault on Mercer University’s campus have raised concerns over the way their cases were handled....

What happens if you’re a victim of crime on campus?

What happens if you’re a victim of crime on campus?

Jenna Eason, Editor-in-Chief

April 12, 2018

TRIGGER WARNING This article or section, or pages it links to, contains information about sexual assault and/or violence which may be triggering to survivors. The number of rape reports on the Mercer University campus increased steadily from 2014 to 2016, according to the university’...

Suspect in Mercer Village shooting has been arrested

Suspect in Mercer Village shooting has been arrested

Summer Perritt, News Editor

January 25, 2018

A suspect in the shooting that occured in Mercer Village two weeks ago has been arrested according to an email sent out by President Underwood Jan. 24. The suspect was arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and is believed to be connected to three murders, a robbery that occurred in Tatnall S...

Suspect on the loose after Armed Robbery in Tattnall Square Park

Suspect on the loose after Armed Robbery in Tattnall Square Park

Sarah Pounds, Online Editor

January 14, 2018

According to Mercer’s emergency alert system, the Bibb Sheriff’s Office reported an armed robbery in Tatnall Square Park at approximately 12:49 P.M. on Jan. 14. The suspect is a black male estimated to be between 5’8 and 5’10. He was last seen wearing an orange and black jacket and running...

President Underwood offering 10,000 reward after shots fired at students in Mercer Village

President Underwood offering 10,000 reward after shots fired at students in Mercer Village

Summer Perritt and Katie Atkinson

January 11, 2018

Mercer Police reported that gunshots were fired at students who were walking in the vicinity of Mercer Village on Jan. 10. Four students and a recent graduate were in the area when a man approached them and fired six shots. No one was harmed.   The shooter escaped, running towards the Huguenin Heights neighb...

Shots fired at students in Mercer Village

Shots fired at students in Mercer Village

Sarah Pounds, Online Editor

January 11, 2018

On Jan. 10, Mercer Police reported that six shots were fired at students in Mercer Village. The shooter escaped, running towards Linden Ave. Nobody was injured, according to an email from Mercer Police. In an email, President Underwood referred to the shooting as a "frightening and dangerous incident." He ...

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