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Study abroad office grapples with changing restrictions, pandemic

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.
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.

OPINION: Homecoming during a pandemic isn’t worth it 

OPINION: Homecoming during a pandemic isn’t worth it 
October 9, 2020
I am getting tired of “making the best of things” this year. Everything that happens this year is shrouded with the disappointment of what could’ve been, and Homecoming is no exception. 

Mercer enrolls 951 new undergrad students amid pandemic

Friends play a card game in the freshman dorm Legacy Hall.
October 7, 2020
Mercer University enrolled 951 new residential undergraduate students this year, even amid a pandemic that threatened college admissions nationwide.

Pandemic Diaries: Why I started doing crosswords in quarantine

Serena Golden poses for a portrait. Photo by Suzanna Arul
October 7, 2020
The Washington Post crosswords are available online for free, and their website allows two people to work on the same puzzle from separate computers. Suddenly, crosswords were the most romantic date I’d ever been on. 

Here’s how Mercer revised Homecoming plans due to COVID-19

Mercer runs out to face East Tennessee for their homecoming game during the 2018 season.
September 29, 2020
When the Southern Conference canceled all fall conference sports competitions Aug. 13, including the Homecoming game, Mercer had to choose a new date and an out-of-conference opponent, according to Jill Kinsella, associate vice president for the Office of Alumni Services and executive director of the Alumni Association.

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.
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.

Pilgrimage to Penfield to stay on campus

Students visit Jesse Mercer's gravesite during 2019's Pilgrimage to Penfield.
September 22, 2020

Every fall, first-year students load onto charter buses and make the “Pilgrimage to Penfield,” where students go to the site of Mercer’s founding. This year, however, new students will be attending...

Working for a baseball league in a pandemic 

Photo provided by Jen Jones
August 23, 2020
Being a CPL intern is work, but at the end of the day one of the best experiences a journalism student can have in the sports world.

Mercer opens COVID-19 testing lab on campus

Mercer University opened a COVID-19 testing laboratory on its Macon campus. Photo provided by Mercer University Marketing Communications
August 21, 2020
The lab, operated by Mercer’s School of Medicine and affiliated primary care practice Mercer Medicine, staffs three technicians and can conduct about 740 tests per day with results released within two business days.

OPINION: Mercer is making a big mistake re-opening in the fall

OPINION: Mercer is making a big mistake re-opening in the fall
July 21, 2020
What happens when a university opens in a pandemic? Apparently, Mercer University plans to find out.

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

Archived photo from October 26, 2019
June 13, 2020
Mercer Bears have returned to campus for the fall, but the semester ahead will be anything but normal.
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