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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.

Greg Gary hired to lead Mercer men’s basketball program

Greg Gary hired to lead Mercer men’s basketball program

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

March 27, 2019

After the unexpected firing of former men’s basketball head coach Bob Hoffman, the Mercer Athletics department commenced their search for a new head coach to lead the program. Just 16 days later, the search is over.   In a press release on Mar. 26, Mercer Athletics announced the hiring of current Pur...

Interfaith Vigil held on Campus

Interfaith Vigil held on Campus

March 21, 2019

Students and faculty gathered for an interfaith vigil to "spread love and peace" throughout campus, according to the event's Facebook page. Cluster photographer Thais Ackerman was present to capture the moment.

Women’s basketball to face Iowa in opening round of 2019 NCAA Tournament

Women’s basketball to face Iowa in opening round of 2019 NCAA Tournament

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

March 19, 2019

The wait is over. After a little over a week of anticipation, the Mercer women’s basketball team found out who their first round matchup will be in this year’s NCAA Tournament. The Bears were given a No. 15 seed in the Greensboro region, earning them a matchup against the No. 2 seed Iowa Hawkeyes. L...

BREAKING: Men’s basketball head coach Bob Hoffman let go after underwhelming season

BREAKING: Men’s basketball head coach Bob Hoffman let go after underwhelming season

Mitch Robinson, Lead Sports Writer

March 11, 2019

Mercer Bears men’s basketball head coach Bob Hoffman has been relieved of his duties, according to a Monday morning press release from Mercer Athletics. The decision comes after a season that saw the Bears win just six conference games and exit the Southern Conference tournament in the first matchup...

Bears repeat as SoCon Champs, punch ticket to NCAA Tournament

Bears repeat as SoCon Champs, punch ticket to NCAA Tournament

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

March 11, 2019

The Mercer Bears women’s basketball team has completed an incredible feat, repeating as Southern Conference champions, after coming back to defeat Furman 66-63 on Sunday. Furman got out to the quick start in the first quarter, but the Bears responded in the second quarter to take a 35-31 lead int...

Bears top Wofford, finish undefeated in SoCon for second consecutive season

Bears top Wofford, finish undefeated in SoCon for second consecutive season

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

March 4, 2019

For the second consecutive season, the Mercer women’s basketball team has finished the season with an undefeated Southern Conference record. To do so once is an extremely impressive accomplishment, but to do so twice can only be classified as one thing -- special. Their final win wasn’t han...

Police Blotter: Car break-ins, theft by taking, sexual battery and more

Police Blotter: Car break-ins, theft by taking, sexual battery and more

Emily Rose Thorne, News Editor

March 2, 2019

Mercer Police have responded to 16 crimes on Mercer’s campus so far in 2019, according to reports provided to The Cluster on Feb. 25. Car break-ins constituted the majority of crimes. Entering auto: Adams St. The first car break-in of 2019 occurred in the Adams St. parking lot Jan. 11. “I w...

Men’s basketball falls to VMI on the road

Men’s basketball falls to VMI on the road

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

March 1, 2019

Mercer men’s basketball entered Thursday’s matchup with the Keydets of Virginia MIlitary Institute (9-20, 3-14 SoCon) riding a two game winning streak. All signs pointed to the Bears having finally found their rhythm and identity. Well, the Bears (11-18, 6-11 SoCon) didn’t look like the same t...

Bears hold on for 66-62 victory over Furman

Bears hold on for 66-62 victory over Furman

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

February 28, 2019

Mercer women’s basketball vs Furman -- a matchup of the top two teams in the Southern Conference. Also, a potential preview of the 2019 SoCon Championship that will take place in just over a week. The Bears got out to a hot start by playing stifling defense and getting out in transition. They ...

Women’s basketball overcomes poor shooting in win over Chattanooga

Women’s basketball overcomes poor shooting in win over Chattanooga

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

February 25, 2019

It wasn’t pretty, and it definitely wasn’t easy, but Mercer women’s basketball found a way to keep their winning streak alive. Conference road games are always tough to win, but when you shoot just 39-percent from the floor, get out-rebounded and you only make one 3-pointer -- on paper, it can ...

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