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Breaking: Mercer announces COVID-19 response, majority of students plan to move online

Breaking: Mercer announces COVID-19 response, majority of students plan to move online
March 13, 2020
In an email from President Bill Underwood, it was announced that students have a choice between in-person and online instruction.

Breaking: Dean Pearson addresses coronavirus concerns on SGA floor

Dean of Students Doug Pearson addresses students' concerns over COVID-19 on the SGA senate floor.
March 10, 2020
Pearson said he’ll be hosting a public question-and-answer session in the Connell Student Center lobby on March 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

New student organization advocates for accessibility on campus

Sarah Carter (left) and Ashley Pettway (right) are co-presidents of ABLE Mercer, a club dedicated to advocating and advising students with disabilities on Mercer's campus.
February 27, 2020
The organization hopes to get more involved with the disabled community in and around Mercer and get involved with the Access and Accommodations office to discuss issues students have been facing. 

SGA rundown: Donation box robbed, efforts for campus safety and accessibility underway

Graphic provided by SGA.
February 26, 2020
Mercer University’s Student Government Association (SGA) met on Feb. 7 to tackle a wide variety of issues from club funding requests to addressing campus security. This is the SGA rundown.

Faculty-led spring break trips prepare to depart

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.
February 25, 2020
“This is definitely the most programs and largest group of students we’ve ever had going over spring break for faculty-led programs,” said Study Abroad Coordinator Rebekah Anaya in an email to The Cluster.

Mercer students go viral at the New Hampshire primaries

Senior Emily Harvey poses for a selfie with Joe Biden.
February 25, 2020

At a New Hampshire town hall, Mercer student Madison Moore asked presidential candidate Joe Biden about his performance in the Iowa caucus. “You're arguably the candidate with the greatest advantage...

Mercer alumnus publishes book on the impact of Southern literature during the Cold War era

Jordan Dominy, Mercer alumni, has published a new book discussing the influence of Southern literature during the time of the Cold War. Photo provided by Jordan Dominy
February 15, 2020
“My book examines the role that Southern literature, and to a degree the study of Southern literature in universities, played in Cold War culture in the United States in the 20th century,” Dominy said. “This was important for the time because the United States was actively expanding its political system and interests to counter global interventions from the communists in the USSR.” 

MerServe plans “Spring Break for Service”

Image provided by MerServe
February 15, 2020
“Spring Break for Service'' has been a MerServe tradition for several years. This year, the four-day event is centered around hunger and homelessness in Macon’s community. 

Students urge Mercer to switch dining service providers after confusion over meal plan sharing

Aramark provides food service to hospitals, universities, schools and more, including Mercer University.
February 14, 2020
A Mercer student created a petition asking administration to remove Aramark as its dining service provider following a recent incident involving both General Manager Janet Walker and Mercer Police.

Academic conference to mark 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage

Academic conference to mark 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage
February 13, 2020
To honor the 100th anniversary of women receiving the right to vote, the Georgia Philosophy Society is holding two back-to-back academic conferences at Mercer Feb. 21 and 22. 

‘Drive and passion’: University Honors Programs restructured to allow more student inclusivity

'Drive and passion': University Honors Programs restructured to allow more student inclusivity
February 12, 2020
The Honors Program will be reinvented to fit incoming transfer students, and students who were not able to come to Mercer when Honors applications for freshman year were open. 

Ocmulgee National Park to host ranger series for Black History Month

Ocmulgee National Park to host ranger series for Black History Month
February 11, 2020
The series event flyer says “reconstruction … is one of the most complicated, poorly understood and most significant periods in American history. The intent was to rebuild the South and rearrange the state and federal governments to accommodate changing times … what actually happened is much different.”  
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