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Mercer University’s commencement ceremonies are set to take place for both the Macon and Atlanta campuses starting Aug. 7. 

Recent graduates faced with tough decisions surrounding commencement

Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor August 6, 2020
Mercer University’s commencement ceremonies are set to take place on both the Macon and Atlanta campuses starting Aug. 7. According to Senior Vice President for Marketing Communications and Chief of Staff Larry Brumley, there will be about 1,500 total participants in the commencement ceremonies. There are 561 on the Macon campus, 826 in Atlanta and 88 from the law school. Typically, there are between 2,000 - 2,100 attendees out of around 2,600 graduates who are invited. 
BREAKING: Thirty-five Mercer students test positive for COVID-19

BREAKING: Thirty-five Mercer students test positive for COVID-19

Micah Johnston, Sports Editor August 5, 2020
Mercer University has announced that 35 students have tested positive for COVID-19, including 29 student-athletes.
Photo via Degy Entertainment/degy.com

Bear Fair goes virtual

Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor August 5, 2020
Campus Life will be using an emerging virtual event platform called Degy World to facilitate Bear Fair, an event that introduces new students to Mercer’s student groups.
Photo by Mika Baumeister on Unsplash

BREAKING: Macon mayor vetoes county mask mandate

Lars Lonnroth, News Editor July 27, 2020
Macon Mayor Robert Reichert vetoed on July 27 a measure passed by the city commission that would mandate masks in Macon-Bibb County.
Only about 13% of Mercer undergraduates hail from outside of Georgia.

Out-of-state students report mixed feelings about returning to Macon during pandemic

Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor July 26, 2020
The fall semester of the 2020-2021 academic year is rapidly approaching, and Mercer University students are preparing to return to campus. Some students’ trips, however, will be a bit longer than others’.
A Mercer student attends the protest for online classes at the Godsey Administration Building on July 14.

Students protest, Peer Advisors resign over Mercer’s pandemic reopening plan

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief July 22, 2020
After Mercer University declined to offer a distance learning option this fall, some students have responded by protesting or limiting their involvement on campus.
Mercer to commission permanent sculpture honoring school history of integration

Mercer to commission permanent sculpture honoring school history of integration

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief June 19, 2020
Underwood “believes it’s fitting to tell that story through permanent sculpture in a prominent location on campus to provide inspiration and a reminder that we still have much work to do in order to achieve racial justice. Now is the time to get this done.”
Archived photo from Nov. 14, 2018. A student registers for classes.

Mercer foregoes undergraduate tuition hike, adds six new degree programs

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief June 19, 2020
Tuition will not increase for Macon undergraduates for the first time in eight years.
Archived photo from October 26, 2019

Mercer University announces changes to fall semester to combat COVID-19

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief June 13, 2020
Mercer Bears have returned to campus for the fall, but the semester ahead will be anything but normal.
Teri Reed sits at her desk in Jefferson County Traditional Middle School, March 12, 2019. She opened her school’s computer lab for her students during the teacher sick-outs that took place that year.

Principal deals with both sides of distance learning

Phoebe Monsour, Staff Writer May 1, 2020
Schools all over the country, including Teri Reed’s, have moved to digital teaching methods due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Jefferson County Public Schools started distance learning on April 7, and students and teachers have had to adapt to the situation.
Artist Joereal Numina paints a mural on the exterior wall of Indigo Salon on Coleman Avenue in 2017. The mural is named “Cultivating New Tones on the Spectral Stage of History.”

‘Absolutely unconscionable’: Macon art community blindsided as Mercer University paints over Black history mural

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor April 30, 2020
Numina was invited to paint the mural in 2017. Now that it was destroyed without his consent, he plans to pursue legal action under the Visual Artists’ Rights Act.
The Macon mayoral election will be different this year. Here’s how

The Macon mayoral election will be different this year. Here’s how

Phoebe Monsour and Elizabeth Tammi April 28, 2020
The deadline for voter registration in Macon-Bibb County is on May 11. As we gear up for the mayoral election, here are some things you might want to know.
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