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First-time student voters consider critical issues in 2020 presidential election

Friends play a card game in the freshman dorm Legacy Hall.

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief

October 19, 2020

Nearly a third of Georgia voters who will vote in the 2020 general election are under 35 years old, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. That’s a growth rate of 68% for the age group since 2016. College student voter registration in particular surged from 19% in 2014 to 40% in 2018, the AJC reported. And Mercer University students vote at a much higher rate than regional undergraduate popula...

OCD Awareness Week is in October. It took me six years to get diagnosed

OCD Awareness Week is in October. It took me six years to get diagnosed

Serena Golden, Photography Editor

October 18, 2020

It’s frustrating to hear my disorder used by people who like straight lines, organized closets or color-coded O-Chem notes. The phrase, “I’m so OCD,” used by people with normal neurotic quirks is invalidating to people whose entire lives have been changed by obsessions and compulsions. My disorder is not an adjective. 

Mercer reports 10 new COVID-19 cases

Mercer reports 10 new COVID-19 cases

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief

October 17, 2020

Mercer University announced 10 new cases of COVID-19 across its campuses in its weekly testing summary posted Friday.

OPINION: Social media arguments are not social justice

OPINION: Social media arguments are not social justice

Mariyka O. Sich, Contributing Writer

October 12, 2020

While most people start out with good intentions, many end up letting their emotions overrule rationality and participate in ugly internet wars. Oftentimes, these result in relationships with family members and friends being destroyed, along with any chances of employment. 

Four ways to style Chelsea boots

Joshua Lymon poses for a photo on campus.

Chance Allen, Lead Arts & Culture Writer

October 11, 2020

With it officially being the marvelous season that is fall, many things are changing: the weather, leaves and perhaps most importantly, the fashion. Since the fall is a little bit chillier than the summer and spring months, it makes for the best time to bust out boots.

OPINION: Homecoming during a pandemic isn’t worth it 

OPINION: Homecoming during a pandemic isn’t worth it 

Sydney Roe, Contributing Writer

October 10, 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. 

Waltzing around the pandemic: Mercer Ballroom Dance Club introduces COVID-19 safety protocols

Members of the Mercer Ballroom Dance Club practice a new dance with ample space between them and their partners due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting occurred Monday, Sept. 28 and was the club's first in-person meeting since Mercer went online in the spring.

Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor

October 10, 2020

After a few weeks of meetings, the club cautiously redirected to an in-person format in late September. The shift followed discussions concerning safety protocols between club leadership and multiple university officials. 

Review: Netflix’s “The Social Dilemma” is a hard-hitting eye-opener on our relationship with social media

A student scrolls on their phone.

Mandi DeLong, Contributing Writer

October 10, 2020

The film excels at making you question your own relationship with social media and advises critical thought on how you’re actually using it.

BREAKING: Eleven Mercer students, one faculty member test positive for COVID-19

BREAKING: Eleven Mercer students, one faculty member test positive for COVID-19

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief

October 9, 2020

Mercer University announced 12 new cases of the novel coronavirus between its Macon and Atlanta campuses.

Five freshman senators elected to Student Government Association

Graphic provided by SGA

Mandi DeLong, Contributing Writer

October 9, 2020

Mercer’s freshman class of 2024 elected their class senators to the Student Government Association this past month.

‘Don’t be afraid to talk about race’: Racism in America and its impact on a Mercer student

Tamara Barnard’s cousin, Botham Jean, was killed in his own home Sept. 6, 2018 by an ex-Dallas police officer. Photo provided by Tamara Barnard

Natalie Yaeger, Lead Lifestyle & Opinion Writer

October 8, 2020

Tamara Barnard, a senior at Mercer University, lost her cousin Botham Jean to police violence in 2018. Now, she conducts research and activism advocating for anti-racism and police reform.

Capturing moments amidst COVID-19: How photographers are working during a pandemic

Photo provided by Ashley Conlon

Savannah Smith, Contributing Writer

October 8, 2020

Like countless other things, photography has had to adapt to a COVID-19 world. In adapting their craft, photographers around Mercer demonstrated creativity and growth.

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