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Mercer freshman establishes new service club to help local students with learning differences

Mercer freshman establishes new service club to help local students with learning differences

Zaira Khan, Contributing Writer

April 23, 2019

A new service organization, The Buddy Bunch, is coming to Mercer’s campus with a goal to serve local students with developmental disabilities.

SGA begins planning for next semester

SGA begins planning for next semester

Rylee Kirk, Lead News Writer and Advertising Manager

April 23, 2019

Adam Penland and Michaela Jones want to make mental health, dining options and parking improvements priorities on campus.

Penland and Jones elected SGA president and vice president

Penland and Jones elected SGA president and vice president

Kylie Brown, Contributing Writer

April 11, 2019

Student Government Association (SGA) announced March 27 that Adam Penland will serve as SGA president for a second term. Junior Michaela Jones was elected vice president. “I ran again because there is still more to be done,” Penland said. “I have a unique opportunity since I am a junior to co...

Novice division of Mercer debate team places first in national competition

Novice division of Mercer debate team places first in national competition

Jacob Lugenbeel, Contributing Writer

April 10, 2019

The Mercer University debate team had a strong showing at The National Parliamentary Debate Association’s championship, with the novice team sweeping the competition to earn a first-place win. The tournament was held March 14-17 at the University of Utah. Mercer’s team, comprised of both the novic...

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...

Common Ground hosts drag show on Mercer’s campus for the first time

Common Ground hosts drag show on Mercer’s campus for the first time

Rylee Kirk, Lead News Writer and Advertising Manager

April 9, 2019

Several student organizations brought a drag show to campus on March 30. Common Ground, Campus Life, Project Equality and the Mercer University School of Medicine’s Genders and Sexualities Alliance (GSA) teamed up for the show, said McPherson Newell, president of Common Ground. “The second annual Mercer University drag show featured an educational panel about the history of drag and its role in the LGBTQ+ community, five performances by Mercer students and two performances by Tangerine Summers, a legendary drag queen from Macon,” Newell said.

Macon’s Ocmulgee National Monument gets new distinction as Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park

Macon’s Ocmulgee National Monument gets new distinction as Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park

Natalie Yaeger, Staff Writer

April 9, 2019

Macon’s Ocmulgee National Monument has become Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park due to a larger public lands bill that has affected over two million acres of American public lands nationwide. This new distinction as a National Historical Park also brings along a major expansion with the Ocmulgee Mounds quadrupling in size.

Intergenerational Housing Project to start next fall

Intergenerational Housing Project to start next fall

Zaira Khan, Contributing Writer

April 9, 2019

After two years of planning, Mercer students are set to move into Carlyle Place to begin an intergenerational housing project. Carlyle Place is a “life plan community formerly known as a continuing care retirement community,” according to Chief Administrative Officer Thomas Rockenbach. They ...

Planning underway for new upperclassmen residence hall, parking deck on Mercer’s campus

Planning underway for new upperclassmen residence hall, parking deck on Mercer’s campus

Rylee Kirk, Lead News Writer and Advertising Manager

March 31, 2019

New housing will be coming to Mercer University by fall 2021. “We’re in the process of looking at plans and meeting with contractors for designs,” Jeff Takac, director of housing and residence life, said. The new building will house around 300 students and will be geared towards uppercla...

Opportunity Scholars program expands, increases role of student mentors

Rylee Kirk, Lead News Writer and Advertising Manager

March 28, 2019

Changes and expansions have come to the Mercer University Opportunity Scholars (OS) program this year. The program is catered to incoming first-generation college students, students with disabilities and students from low-income families to help them transition to college life. It originally lasted...

‘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...

Model African Union searching for “go-getters” to help them reach international conference

Model African Union searching for “go-getters” to help them reach international conference

Blossom Onunekwu

March 27, 2019

Model African Union (MAU) is an organization on Mercer’s campus that participates in the national conference with other Model African Unions across the country. Next year, however, Mercer’s team is going overseas to participate in the international conference in Kenya instead. Senior Catherine Po...

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