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Out-of-state students report mixed feelings about returning to Macon during pandemic

Out-of-state students report mixed feelings about returning to Macon during pandemic

Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor

July 26, 2020

The fall semester of the 2020-2021 academic year is rapidly approaching, and Mercer University students are preparing to return to campus. Some students’ trips, however, will be a bit longer than others’.

Students protest, Peer Advisors resign over Mercer’s pandemic reopening plan

A Mercer student attends the protest for online classes at the Godsey Administration Building on July 14.

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief

July 22, 2020

After Mercer University declined to offer a distance learning option this fall, some students have responded by protesting or limiting their involvement on campus.

Mercer University announces changes to fall semester to combat COVID-19

Archived photo from October 26, 2019

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief

June 13, 2020

Mercer Bears will return to campus in the fall, but the semester ahead will be anything but normal. In an email to students June 11, Mercer University Provost D. Scott Davis announced changes to the 2020-2021 academic calendar intended to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.  While the fall s...

Club golf becomes newest team on campus

Sophomore T.J. Long helped start the Mercer club golf team in order to gain recognition from the varsity program. Photo courtesy of T.J. Long.

Hayes Rule, Social Media Editor

October 18, 2016

  Sophomore T.J. Long and junior Nathan Hahn wanted to try out for Mercer’s men’s golf team. But when they weren’t given the chance to do so, they took matters into their own hands. If they wanted to continue playing golf competitively, they’d need to come up with an alternative thems...

Baseball team practicing amid field construction

Redshirt senior Howard Joe practices catching low balls as construction crews work on building the new baseball stadium. Photo by Carson McGorry.

Will Darragh, Staff Writer

October 15, 2016

  Mercer’s baseball field features all the standard scenery of a baseball park: grass, dirt, plates and some odd additions like a backhoe. Mercer’s OrthoGeorgia Park is currently under construction, which means that the players are forced to practice on a field that is in the process of being...

Kirby Southard is the anchor of Mercer’s offense

Photo courtesy of Kirby Southard.

Hayes Rule, Social Media Editor

October 15, 2016

  Kirby Southard didn’t know the quarterback he was facing in ninth grade would eventually be one of his closest teammates in college. A freshman at Chattahoochee High School in Johns Creek, Southard squared off against future Mercer quarterback John Russ, a freshman at Middle Creek High S...

Mercer football to make over $1 million from games against SEC opponents in 2017

Photo by Marianna Bacallao.

Hayes Rule, Social Media Editor

October 13, 2016

Money talks. At least, enough for Mercer athletics director Jim Cole to stray from his “business plan” of scheduling one FBS school each year for Mercer football. The money isn’t the only reason, just a big one. In 2017, the Bears will play two Southeastern Conference opponents for a payday of ...

‘The Ruling’: Can Cinderella go to the ball twice?

Jenna Eason.
Mercer's Marquise Irvin (8), middle, runs the ball in their game against Georgia Tech.

Hayes Rule, Social Media Editor

October 8, 2016

  One of the lasting pieces of advice my coach has told me was simply this: Anybody can do it once, but those who can back it up and do it consistently are the ones who prove to be elite Division-I athletes. And that’s true for any college sport, or really, anything in life. When we set...

An open letter to the Dean of Students regarding sexual assault at Mercer

An open letter to the Dean of Students regarding sexual assault at Mercer

Robert Roach

April 28, 2016

Dean Pearson, My name is Robert Roach. I am a sophomore biology major and honors student trying to raise awareness of sexual assault on this campus. I attended the Q&A last night [Monday, April 18] with President Underwood and was the first person to bring up sexual assault when I asked him how...

In defense of fraternity men, a member of Alpha Tau Omega speaks out

 Alpha Tau Omega and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. raised $800 for the Susan G. Komen foundation this past October with a philanthropy powder puff game.

Christopher Murdock, Contributing Writer

April 28, 2016

A fraternity man. What thoughts come to mind when reading those words? Let me guess Total Frat Move, drinking, drugs, exclusivity — all of the above and more. Society makes it seem as if fraternities are only a realm for mischief but what they seem to hide from the masses are the positives of being a Gr...

Pedestrian bridge installed, construction continues

Construction continues across Mercer University Dr. getting ready for the upcoming school year.

Conner Wood, Editor in Chief

April 14, 2016

The pedestrian bridge may have been installed Wednesday, April 6, but students at Mercer University shouldn’t expect construction on that side of campus to end by the time classes do. “Everything but the hotel is expected to be completed by the first of August,”said Larry Brumley, senior ...

New project allows students to speak out about sexual assault

Emily Thompson (left)  prepares to film Junior Drew Winslett (right) for Bears Speak, a sexual assault and gender violence awareness campaign.

Marin Guta, Digital Editor

April 14, 2016

Mercer University junior Drew Winslett sat in a chair inside a dimly lit broadcast station with a printed copy of a story detailing an incident of relationship violence. But it’s not his own. Winslett is one of the student advocates for Bears Speak, a student-led sexual assault awareness video ...

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