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Mercer's Baptist Collegiate Ministries chapter meets in Newton Chapel Thursdays at 8 p.m.

Campus worship organizations adjust to pandemic reality 

Samantha Homcy, Contributing Writer November 10, 2020
At a time when large gatherings must be held carefully, religious groups have had to change the way they hold worship. 
Signage in the Connell Student Center informs patrons about university safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The financial cost of COVID-19: How Mercer is navigating a financially uncertain world

Lars Lonnroth and Kaitlyn Fowler November 9, 2020
Mercer University, like many institutions of higher learning, was poised for a financial hit in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Mercer largely evaded an economic crisis. Here's how the administration pulled it off.
Lisa Fortin, a study abroad ambassador for Mercer’s study abroad office, poses for a picture under the “Study Abroad” sign in Ryals Hall in February.

Study abroad office grapples with changing restrictions, pandemic

Lars Lonnroth, News Editor November 8, 2020
As the pandemic sent schools into virtual learning and Mercer’s partner universities overseas sent their international students home, Mercer’s study abroad office had a logistical challenge on their plates.
President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. speaks at his campaign event in North Liberty, Iowa, on Feb. 1, 2020.

Biden becomes 46th president of the United States, fate of Senate may lie with Georgia

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief November 7, 2020
Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Sen. Kamala Harris, a Democrat from California, are headed to the White House after a nail-biting result count that kept the nation in limbo for several days.
Mercer University canceled its spring break, which was set to take place midway through the spring 2021 semester, to discourage travel to and from campus during the coronavirus pandemic.

Mercer cancels spring break, plans ahead for new semester amid pandemic

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief November 7, 2020
Mercer University canceled its spring break, which was set to take place midway through the spring 2021 semester. The Macon undergraduate campus will observe four midweek breaks throughout the semester.
Researchers at the Mercer School of Medicine pose for a photo.

School of Medicine researchers receive $5 million in grants

Dean Yusuf, Contributing Writer November 5, 2020
Researchers in the School of Medicine are tackling issues such as health disparities, maternal mortality, mechanisms of opioid addiction and abuse, HIV/AIDS, COVID-19, cancer therapy and more.
The bridge on County Road 5813 — more commonly known as College Street — has been closed since May 26

College Street Bridge construction set to be complete by next semester

Sydney Roe, Contributing Writer November 4, 2020
According to Penny Brooks, District Communication Officer for the West Central Region of Georgia, construction of the bridge was scheduled to take six months, and it has remained on schedule despite COVID-19 precautions. 
Archive graphic designed by Marianna Bacallao.

Wait.. That’s on the Ballot?

Kylie Brown, Staff Writer October 28, 2020
In this column, we’ve only really discussed the 2020 presidential race. But that is only one of the many races that will appear on your ballot for the general election Nov. 3. 
Friends play a card game in the freshman dorm Legacy Hall.

First-time student voters consider critical issues in 2020 presidential election

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief October 19, 2020
Students who will cast their first presidential vote next month told The Cluster what issues matter most to them as they weigh their options.
Mercer reports 10 new COVID-19 cases

Mercer reports 10 new COVID-19 cases

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief October 17, 2020
Mercer University announced 10 new cases of COVID-19 across its campuses in its weekly testing summary posted Friday.
Members of the Mercer Ballroom Dance Club practice a new dance with ample space between them and their partners due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting occurred Monday, Sept. 28 and was the club's first in-person meeting since Mercer went online in the spring.

Waltzing around the pandemic: Mercer Ballroom Dance Club introduces COVID-19 safety protocols

Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor October 10, 2020
After a few weeks of meetings, the club cautiously redirected to an in-person format in late September. The shift followed discussions concerning safety protocols between club leadership and multiple university officials. 
BREAKING: Eleven Mercer students, one faculty member test positive for COVID-19

BREAKING: Eleven Mercer students, one faculty member test positive for COVID-19

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief October 9, 2020
Mercer University announced 12 new cases of the novel coronavirus between its Macon and Atlanta campuses.
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