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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. 
‘What Lives On’: The power of art amidst the pandemic

‘What Lives On’: The power of art amidst the pandemic

Natalie Yaeger, Lead Lifestyle & Opinion Writer February 3, 2021
Art has the capability to speak when words aren’t enough. No one shows the truth of this statement greater than Tennille Davis Shuster, associate professor of graphic design at Mercer University
Mandi DeLong and Kyaria Madlock attend the men's basketball game against VMI on Jan. 23.

What’s it like to attend a Mercer basketball game during a pandemic?

Mandi DeLong, Campus Life Correspondent February 3, 2021
Last semester, COVID-19 led to an adjusted sports schedule here at Mercer, including football being pushed back until spring. Mercer’s men’s and women’s basketball teams have still been able to play out their seasons, which started shortly after the official last day of classes in the fall semester. 
Mercer University announces 232 cases of COVID-19 since December 30

Mercer University announces 232 cases of COVID-19 since December 30

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor-in-Chief January 15, 2021
The university announced that between Dec. 30 and Jan. 14, a total of 4,251 students, faculty and staff were tested for the novel coronavirus across Mercer’s campuses. Of those, 232 people tested positive for COVID-19. 
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.
OPINION: Homecoming during a pandemic isn’t worth it 

OPINION: Homecoming during a pandemic isn’t worth it 

Sydney Roe, Contributing Writer 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. 
Friends play a card game in the freshman dorm Legacy Hall.

Mercer enrolls 951 new undergrad students amid pandemic

Henry Keating, Contributing Writer October 7, 2020
Mercer University enrolled 951 new residential undergraduate students this year, even amid a pandemic that threatened college admissions nationwide.
Serena Golden poses for a portrait. Photo by Suzanna Arul

Pandemic Diaries: Why I started doing crosswords in quarantine

Serena Golden, Photography Editor 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. 
Mercer runs out to face East Tennessee for their homecoming game during the 2018 season.

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

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief 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.
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Here’s how to unplug while staying informed

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.
Students visit Jesse Mercer's gravesite during 2019's Pilgrimage to Penfield.

Pilgrimage to Penfield to stay on campus

Henry Keating, Contributing Writer 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...

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Working for a baseball league in a pandemic 

Jen Jones, Layout Editor 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.
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