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Mercer’s COVID-19 case numbers remain low throughout first month of spring semester

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief February 5, 2021

Four weeks into the spring semester, Mercer University continues to report relatively low rates of COVID-19 on its Macon, Atlanta and Savannah campuses. In a weekly report released Friday, the university...

A sign details the restrictions due to COVID-19 at Papa John's Pizza on Mercer University Dr. Jan 27.

OPINION: Biden should press for a second lockdown

Keith Holmes Jr., Staff Writer February 4, 2021
The emergence of COVID-19 in the United States over a year ago sent average daily life grinding to a halt. Despite being a college student who would surely be adversely affected by a lockdown, I think the nation must go through with it. 
Mercer Professor of English Andrew Silver speaks to prospective Mercer students in Hawkins Arena Jan. 22.

Presidential Scholars Weekend endures with new COVID-19 regulations

Dean Yusuf, Staff Writer February 3, 2021
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has canceled many popular events at Mercer, the university has still managed to take control of the situation by adapting to safety protocols. One event Mercer was able to continue holding was its annual Presidential Scholars Weekend Jan. 22-23.
Students can receive virtual counseling from CAPS.

CAPS addresses new mental health needs due to COVID-19

Lars Lonnroth, Staff Writer January 31, 2021
About a fifth of students visiting Mercer’s Office of Counseling and Psychological Services have sought counseling specifically because of the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on their life, data kept by CAPS shows, underscoring the additional mental health challenges COVID-19 has caused at colleges across the nation. 
BREAKING: Mercer reports first student hospitalization related to COVID-19

BREAKING: Mercer reports first student hospitalization related to COVID-19

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief January 22, 2021
Mercer University recorded the first COVID-19 hospitalization among the Mercer community in its weekly case numbers update Friday.
Student convicted of violating quarantine released from custody in Cayman Islands, future at Mercer unclear

Student convicted of violating quarantine released from custody in Cayman Islands, future at Mercer unclear

Lars Lonnroth, News Editor January 20, 2021
The Mercer University student convicted of violating local COVID-19 quarantine laws in the Cayman Islands was released from custody Friday, but her status as a Mercer student is not yet publicly known.
Mercer's Baptist Collegiate Ministries chapter meets in Newton Chapel Thursdays at 8 p.m.

Campus worship organizations adjust to pandemic reality 

Samantha Homcy, Contributing Writer November 10, 2020
At a time when large gatherings must be held carefully, religious groups have had to change the way they hold worship. 
Mercer University Club Basketball President Kevin Kinnard kneels on the sideline during the final 3 on 3 drill of the day's practice Nov. 6.

Mercer students start club basketball team amid COVID-19 

Keith Holmes Jr., Staff Writer November 9, 2020
Mercer University junior Kevin Kinnard was always passionate about basketball growing up, and he wanted to carry that passion with him to Mercer. COVID-19 hasn’t kept him from expressing that passion in the form of Mercer’s Club Basketball team.
Signage in the Connell Student Center informs patrons about university safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The financial cost of COVID-19: How Mercer is navigating a financially uncertain world

Lars Lonnroth and Kaitlyn Fowler November 9, 2020
Mercer University, like many institutions of higher learning, was poised for a financial hit in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Mercer largely evaded an economic crisis. Here's how the administration pulled it off.
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.

Study abroad office grapples with changing restrictions, pandemic

Lars Lonnroth, News Editor November 8, 2020
As the pandemic sent schools into virtual learning and Mercer’s partner universities overseas sent their international students home, Mercer’s study abroad office had a logistical challenge on their plates.
Mercer University canceled its spring break, which was set to take place midway through the spring 2021 semester, to discourage travel to and from campus during the coronavirus pandemic.

Mercer cancels spring break, plans ahead for new semester amid pandemic

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief November 7, 2020
Mercer University canceled its spring break, which was set to take place midway through the spring 2021 semester. The Macon undergraduate campus will observe four midweek breaks throughout the semester.
Pandemic Diaries: A day in the COVID-19 life of a Mercer football operations intern

Pandemic Diaries: A day in the COVID-19 life of a Mercer football operations intern

Savannah Smith, Contributing Writer October 28, 2020

After having worked as a student operations intern for Mercer Football since 2017, senior sports marketing and analytics major John-Allen Stone developed expectations for what his senior season would look...

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