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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...

SGA undecided on amendment that would require informing student body of election qualifications

SGA undecided on amendment that would require informing student body of election qualifications

Emily Rose Thorne, News Editor

March 27, 2019

The Student Government Association (SGA) heard a proposal for a bylaw amendment March 25 that would require the Public Relations & Elections Committee (PRE) to advertise election qualifications to students outside of the Senate. Freshman Sen. Harrison Ivins proposed the amendment after only o...

Bearstock 2019 to feature Aminé, Joywave, local artists and more

Bearstock 2019 to feature Aminé, Joywave, local artists and more

Jessica Lee

March 27, 2019

QuadWorks, Mercer University’s student programming board, will host its annual Bearstock concert on campus April 8. “Bearstock is an annual day of concerts for both the Mercer community and the Macon community,” said Mimi Nguyen, a member of the QuadWorks Special Events Team. The daytime ...

Police Blotter: harassing communications, theft by taking, entering auto and fraud

Police Blotter: harassing communications, theft by taking, entering auto and fraud

Emily Rose Thorne, News Editor

March 27, 2019

Mercer Police have responded to three car break-ins, two instances of harassing communications and other crimes, such as theft by taking and fraud, across campus in March 2019. Harassing communications Chief of Police Gary Collins responded to a report March 5 that the complainant had received ...

Interfaith vigil held on campus following Christchurch mosque attacks

Interfaith vigil held on campus following Christchurch mosque attacks

Emily Rose Thorne and Thais Ackerman

March 27, 2019

The Muslim Student Association (MSA) at Mercer University hosted an interfaith vigil March 21 to remember those who were killed in the terror attacks at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15. “We want to remind people that the place you worship should be a place where you feel secure, wh...

SGA in talks to reopen election qualifications

SGA in talks to reopen election qualifications

Rylee Kirk, Lead News Writer and Advertising Manager

March 21, 2019

The Student Government Association (SGA) is considering reopening qualifications for the presidential elections after only one ticket emerged on the initial deadline March 13. Sophomore Class President Jadon Murad opened a discussion about reopening the elections during the Senate meeting March 18. ...

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