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Initiative for gender-inclusive housing takes off

Initiative for gender-inclusive housing takes off

Mary Helene Hall, Staff Writer

April 14, 2020

Gender-inclusive housing allows students to live with anyone they choose regardless of the gender they identify with.

Easy chores to make adulting feel less daunting

Mahima Sultan washes dishes.

Jonathan Morey, Staff Writer

February 1, 2020

College is all about learning how to be an adult, and I’ve found that living in a cleaner environment makes me feel like I have my life more together than I really do.

Opinion: The time is now for gender inclusive housing

The Housing & Residence Life office is located on the second floor of the Connell Student Center. Archived photo by Rose Scoggins

Drew Bryant, Contributing Writer

November 22, 2019

This is an opinion article. Any views expressed belong solely to the author and are not representative of The Cluster. Last spring, one of Mercer’s finest went on to graduate and begin the next chapter in his educational career in Rochester, New York, to pursue a PhD in chemistry. James Stair has lef...

Slower enrollment growth halts plans to build additional upperclassmen housing

Mercer Residence Life employees discuss housing at the Residence Hall Association town hall on Oct. 16. At the meeting, students were confused over the status of the plans for the upperclassmen residence hall.

Lars Lonnroth, Contributing Writer

November 7, 2019

Plans for a 300-student residence hall geared towards upperclassmen were drawn up last year, but lower freshmen enrollment and other variables indicated that there was likely not enough demand to justify building the facility for the fall 2021 semester, administrators said.

Opinion: The Lofts aren’t as luxury as they’d like you to think

Emily Rose spent most of her summer propping her Lofts door open with a shoe due to the broken Bear Card scanner on her door.

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor

August 14, 2019

Rent is $810 per month, not including utility fees or the security deposit. Despite the luxury price, Bear Card systems break and stay broken, the hallways are home to more than their fair share of bugs and — worst of all — the privacy you think you’re getting doesn’t materialize.

New campus-wide renovations to prepare for the 2019-20 year

Willet will open for the fall 2019 semester.

Natalie Yaeger, Lead News Writer

August 14, 2019

Every summer, Mercer University budgets for new renovations while most students are off campus.  “You have to think about how you renew your campus and make your investments wisely,” said James Netherton, the executive vice president for administration and finance.  After looking into what...

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...

Opinion: Students should be allowed to stay on campus during winter break

Mercer's Residence Life office is located in the Connell Student Center.

Chas Pridgen

November 29, 2018

Students who pay over $6,000 a year for on-campus housing should be allowed to live in their rooms when they want to. Forcing students to move out during breaks is an unnecessary hassle for everyone involved, and frankly isn’t fully justifiable. There are many reasons why a student would prefer to stay on cam...

International Students Can’t Go “Home for the Holidays”

Without Mercer housing as an option, some international students struggle to find a place to stay for the break.

Katie Atkinson, Staff Writer

December 5, 2015

Once winter break officially begins Dec. 13, Mercer requires that all on-campus housing be cleared of students.  At this time, card access will be turned off for all residence halls, apartments and Greek houses. For many who live on-campus, this break means making a trip back home to spend the h...

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