5 things: Lady Gaga stuns Oscars crowd, map of most educated Georgia counties, Bear Forum and more

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Make sure to go out to Corner Concerts this Saturday at the Brownstone Building.

Make sure to go out to Corner Concerts this Saturday at the Brownstone Building. // picture borrowed from Corner Concerts

Wait, Lady Gaga can sing?

The answer is a resounding YES. At the Oscars 2015, the pop star showed off her classically trained voice when she sang four tracks from the film and musical “The Sound of Music.” As soon as Gaga finished the medley, she earned a standing ovation from the crowd even from none other than Julie Andrews herself. This year’s host, Neil Patrick Harris, cracked jokes and even pulled out a witty jab at the lack of diversity in the crowd (“Tonight we honor the best and the whitest—er, brightest”). The Academy crowned “Birdman” with four Oscars, including best picture.  Click here to see the full list of Oscar winners.  Actresses on the red carpet challenged reporters to focus less on their outfits and more on their work. The hashtag #AskHerMore seemingly inspired a change on the red carpet and reporters strayed away from these questions.

The most educated Georgia counties

A snazzy interactive map from an online research engine called FindTheBest shows Georgia’s most educated counties. Oconee County earns bragging rights since it has the highest percentage of people over 25 years with a graduate degree (22.06 percent). Clarke County, Fulton County and Dekalb County trail close behind at 19.06 percent, 18.50 percent and 16.06 percent, respectively. In Bibb County, nearly 8.2 percent of the population over 25 has a graduate degree. The map uses research from FindTheBest that analyzes the percentage of population over 25 years with a masters, PhD or higher to determine levels of education within the area. How does your hometown stack up against other counties?


Security tightening at Mall of America

The biggest mall in America is tightening its security after a video was released by an Al-Qaeda linked group called Al-Shabab. This is the same group that attacked the Mall of Kenya in 2013 which killed 67 people.  The terrorist group called attacks on the Mall of America. The FBI has been working with malls around the United States to increase security precautions.The Department of Homeland Security warns shoppers to stay alert and “viligant” while shopping.


Bear Forum

Still can’t use Snapchat on Mercer’s Wi-fi? Bear Forum is your opportunity  to complain about this urgent matter with SGA student senators. Mercer’s student government association will be hosting a Bear Forum this Wednesday (2/25/15) at 6:30 p.m. If you’re interested in SGA’s presidential elections, vice president Victoria Conley and president Joey Wozniak will be there to speak about the election process itself. Also, you should check out Sarah Pound’s break-down of what it takes to win SGA President.


Bust a move at Corner Concerts this Saturday

Get ready bust out into the jive this Saturday at Corner Concerts, the once a month pop-up concert series in downtown Macon. This Saturday, Macon Pops Jazz Quartet is set to play at Brownstone Building. Tickets are $15.