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Study shows student debt and loan trends at Mercer University

Study shows student debt and loan trends at Mercer University

Sterling Neill and Phoebe Monsour

September 25, 2019

A study aims to show how student loan debt has changed over the past decade. The study focuses on the percent change of graduates with student loan debt, the change of the average student debt per borrower and how the percent change of debt changes on average per borrower.

Mercer sorority members petition to change delayed recruitment guidelines

Greek Village houses the different sororities and fraternities at Mercer.

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor

September 18, 2019

Two years after Mercer’s Greek-letter organizations switched to a delayed recruitment policy, nearly 140 women in Panhellenic chapters have signed a petition to reverse the decision. Savannah Lackey is a sister of Alpha Delta Pi, a global health studies major and a sophomore senator in the Student Government Association. She created the petition prior to the 2019 recruitment period. “Mercer started delayed recruitment two years ago in hopes that it would bring a positive change,” Lackey wrote in the petition. “As women have been through this process, it ha...

Making a lasting impact: Mercerians in the Peace Corps and Fulbright

Sarah Grace Hall in front of a graffiti mural in the Czech Republic. Photo courtesy of Sarah Grace Hall

Natalie Yaeger, Lead News Writer

September 12, 2019

The Cluster checks in with recent alumni performing service across the globe, from a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia to a Fulbright scholar in the Czech Republic.

Pro-Bono Mercer Law program set to begin its thirteenth year

“I have seen the difficulties in balancing both sides of the scales,” current participant Randall Edwards says. “I have learned that while the roles of criminal defenders and prosecutors appear only adversarial, they are in fact both tasked with ensuring a fair balancing of our justice system.”

Zaira Khan, Contributing Writer

September 10, 2019

The clinic, since its conception in 2006, has assisted with over 90 cases in Georgia and won over half of them. The clinic is the only one of its kind in the state.

New space provides more opportunities for Access and Accommodations

The Access and Accommodations Office is located on the first floor of the Connell Student Center.

Mary Helene Hall, Contributing Writer

September 10, 2019

Besides a change in physical location, the Office of Access and Accommodations will implement several updates for the 2019-2020 school year.

Mercer-grown coffee shop celebrates one-year anniversary 

A Z Beans coffee outside of the Mercer Village storefront.

McKenna Kaufman, Contributing Writer

September 10, 2019

The past, present and future of the Mercer Village staple, according to its co-founders.

“All for One, and One for All”: Mercer and the United Way’s latest campaign to make a difference

Mercer’s United Way Campaign co-chairs, April Mills and Patrick Roche (left to right), discuss the set up for their Sept. 12 campaign kick-off luncheon, which will take place at Penfield Hall.

Natalie Yaeger, Lead News Writer

September 10, 2019

Mercer University and the United Way have developed a campaign focused on fighting for health, education and economic stability for all. 

Here’s what you missed in Macon this summer

Jenny Wright (left) and Courtney Britt (right) stand for a moment of silent reflection during Lights for Liberty, a candlelit vigil protesting the conditions of migrant detention centers.

Marianna Bacallao, Editor-in-Chief

August 15, 2019

This summer, Macon joined several nationwide movements and welcomed a new business on Pio Nono Avenue. Here's what you missed while you were away.

Mercer announces new beer garden

Graphic courtesy of Yash Patel

Marianna Bacallao, Editor-in-Chief

August 14, 2019

Mercer University Athletics will be partnering with the Macon Beer Company to host a “bear” garden during football games. The garden will be located on Black Field, next to Five Star Stadium. 

Student government gears up for the year ahead

Vice President Michaela Jones (left) and President Adam Penland (right) of the Student Government Association (SGA) plan to strengthen mental health services and communication between the student body and SGA.

Elizabeth Tammi, News Editor

August 14, 2019

Vice President Michaela Jones and President Adam Penland of the Student Government Association (SGA) plan to strengthen mental health services and improve communication between the student body and SGA.

New for iPhone and Apple Watch: The Bear Card

This year, students can get their Bear Card on their phone if it is an Apple device.

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor

August 14, 2019

Students and faculty at Mercer University can ditch their plastic IDs, known as Bear Cards, for a digital version this year — if they have an Apple device, that is.

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