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BREAKING: Eight Atlanta students, five Macon students test positive for COVID-19

BREAKING: Eight Atlanta students, five Macon students test positive for COVID-19

Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor

September 25, 2020

Fourteen people on Mercer’s Macon and Atlanta campuses tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

Here’s how to unplug while staying informed

Experts say that half an hour on reputable news sites 
should be enough time for you to get the scoop.

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief

September 23, 2020

It’s helpful to limit our consumption of news and social media during such a tumultuous time, but it’s not realistic just to tune out all news and pretend the stressors don’t exist. Here are a few ways to stay informed while managing your mental health.

BREAKING: Mercer announces 36 new COVID-19 cases

BREAKING: Mercer announces 36 new COVID-19 cases

Lars Lonnroth and Emily Rose Thorne

September 18, 2020

Mercer University announced 36 new cases of COVID-19 between the Macon and Atlanta campuses in its weekly testing summary posted Friday.

Student files lawsuit against Mercer over spring coronavirus response

Student files lawsuit against Mercer over spring coronavirus response

Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor

September 15, 2020

A Mercer University senior filed a class-action lawsuit against the school on behalf of all students who paid tuition for “in-person, hands-on educational services and experiences” in the spring 2020 semester.

Mercer begins undergraduate COVID-19 surveillance testing 

Mercer begins undergraduate COVID-19 surveillance testing 

Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor

September 13, 2020

Mercer University began surveillance testing on the Macon campus for undergraduate students on Sept. 1. The university previously began this testing procedure in graduate and professional programs in Macon and Atlanta on Aug. 25. 

How COVID-19 affected students’ internships

How COVID-19 affected students’ internships

Mandi DeLong, Contributing Writer

September 12, 2020

COVID-19 has forced students to adapt in many different ways this year. Zoom has become a classroom for many, housing may be different for some and internships went remote. Students who intended on interning during the summer didn’t anticipate a pandemic or the effects it would have on their experience and possible job opportunities in the future. 

BREAKING: Mercer reports 17 new COVID-19 cases

BREAKING: Mercer reports 17 new COVID-19 cases

Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor

September 11, 2020

Seventeen students and faculty have tested positive for COVID-19 across all campuses, according to Mercer’s weekly testing summary released Friday. The Macon campus makes up 15 of those cases, with 14 students and one faculty member testing positive.

Panhellenic bid day moving to virtual format

Panhellenic bid day moving to virtual format

Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor

September 10, 2020

The National Panhellenic Council made the decision to move all organization “bid days” to a virtual format Sept. 9.

Bear Fair 2.0: Virtual to in-person

Large groups of students attended the student organization meet and greet, also referred to as Bear Fair 2.0, on Aug. 28. This event was held after a fully virtual Bear Fair on Aug. 17 had many technical difficulties

Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor

September 10, 2020

According to Director of Campus Life and Student Involvement Carrie Ingoldsby, Campus Life surveyed students and student organization representatives about their experiences at the  virtual Bear Fair. About 130 individuals responded. Of those respondents, about 75% said they experienced some technical difficulties. The Caribbean Student Association was among the roughly 70 student organizations in attendance at Bear Fair 2.0. Member Tamara Barnard manned the organization’s booth for both the virtual and in-person Bear Fair.

Mercer University updates mask guidelines

Lucia Gutierrez wears a mask in the University Center.

Mandi DeLong, Contributing Writer

September 9, 2020

Mercer University updated their COVID-19 policies surrounding face masks Aug. 24. While Mercer first put into place a mask requirement during its second summer session, the policy was expanded in mid-August after fall classes began. The original policy, sent out in July, did not specify what kind of masks were acceptable or how users would be required to wear them. The updated policy now specifies that all individuals on-campus are required to wear masks that cover their nose, mouth and chin. 

OPINION: Labor Day should not be for labor

OPINION: Labor Day should not be for labor

Macee Palmer, Contributing Writer

September 6, 2020

The sentiment the university is signaling to its students through the removal of the Labor Day break is appreciated, but recognizing the traditional holiday is the appropriate thing to do. 

BREAKING: Forty-five students, two employees test positive for COVID-19

BREAKING: Forty-five students, two employees test positive for COVID-19

Lars Lonnroth, News Editor

September 4, 2020

Mercer University saw an additional 47 positive coronavirus cases during the week of Aug. 28 to Sept. 3.

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