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Mercer downs Western Carolina to get back to .500

Mercer's Avery Ward (84), left, and John Russ (7) celebrate after the first touchdown in their game against The Citadel.

Justin Baxley, Sports Editor

October 15, 2016

After a bye week and two road games, the Mercer Bears found comfort inside of Five Star Stadium as they moved to 3-3 on the season with a win over the Western Carolina Catamounts (1-5) after a strong second half. The Bears and Catamounts traded punts and missed field goals for much of the first h...

Bax Trax: Three things to watch for Georgia Tech

Chandler Curtis. Photo credit goes to the timesfreepress.com.

Justin Baxley, Sports Editor

September 10, 2016

The Bears are set to take on their first FBS team since the program restarted in 2013. A battle for Interstate 75 is set up for Saturday as they take on in-state power Georgia Tech. Here are three things to watch if the Bears hope to pull out a historic upset. 1. Jet lag versus extra rest....

Four sexual assaults have been reported to Mercer Police in the last four months

Four sexual assaults have been reported to Mercer Police in the last four months

Nicholas Wooten, Editor-in-Chief

June 1, 2016

Four sexual assaults were reported during the spring 2016 semester. Records recently released from the university indicate incident reports for sexual assaults were filed on Feb. 1, Feb. 14 and May 11. The Cluster previously reported on an assault that was reported April 9. The two cases in February...

Racially charged vandalism, fires in Sherwood Hall

Racially charged vandalism, fires in Sherwood Hall

Katie Atkinson, Staff Writer

May 2, 2016

Following recent bulletin board fires and outbreak of racially charged vandalism in Sherwood Hall, Dean of Students Douglas Pearson met with students for an open forum Thursday evening. “This is very serious. We are looking at criminal activity here, and we are treating it as such,” Pearson sai...

Garden Apartments targeted in string of weekend crimes

Garden Apartments targeted in string of weekend crimes

Nicholas Wooten, Managing Editor

April 14, 2016

Mercer University students were targets in a string of weekend crimes following Bearstock Saturday April 9. The most violent involved a Mercer University student being robbed at gunpoint inside of his room at the 1503 Garden Apartments. Two men brandishing black pistols entered room 106 aroun...

Mercer student robbed at gunpoint in 1503 Garden Apartments

Mercer student robbed at gunpoint in 1503 Garden Apartments

Nicholas Wooten, Managing Editor

April 10, 2016

A Mercer University student was robbed at gunpoint inside of his room at the 1503 Garden Apartments Saturday night. Two men entered the on-campus apartment around 11:30 p.m. and the pair made off with several items. Only one resident was home at the time of the incident.  “It is still under invest...

‘Buy them or else’: Investigator testifies Jibri Bryan was killed in drug deal

Jibri Bryan goes up against a defender in the Bears' game against the Chattanooga Mocs, February 2015.

Nicholas Wooten, Managing Editor

March 2, 2016

When Jibri Bryan backed his white Monte Carlo into the Flash Foods parking lot on the corner of College and Forsyth streets, he was there to buy drugs, said a Bibb County investigator. Joe Kovac Jr. and Amy Leigh Womack of the (Macon) Telegraph reported that during a court hearing Wednesday the i...

Do Not Cross: Campus crime increased during 2015

Do Not Cross: Campus crime increased during 2015

Nicholas Wooten, Managing Editor

February 27, 2016

Campus crime increased in 2015 Crime on and around Mercer University’s Macon campus rose from 70 incidents in 2014 to 85 during the 2015 calendar year, according to internal reports provided to The Cluster by Mercer Police. More than half of the offenses were entering an automobile (25) or theft by...

We will: Jibri Bryan Tribute

(Photo taken by Geovic Jadol).

Justin Baxley, Sports Editor

February 4, 2016

As the Sports Editor, I feel it is my duty to write this piece — albeit with a heavy heart. I would like to take this opportunity and use my platform to speak to his family, friends and teammates. To the Bryan family, I can't even begin to understand the pain you must be feeling. I know that this is a trying ...

Buzz surrounding Mayhem remains as season progresses

Buzz surrounding Mayhem remains as season progresses

Nicholas Wooten, Managing Editor

November 22, 2015

Georgia’s historic heartland is not the first place that comes to mind when someone mentions hockey. But the winter sport has a rich and interesting history in Macon. The Macon Mayhem’s inaugural season began late October and continues a tradition that began in 1973. The Mayhem (2-4-2) sit sev...

Macon-based band Royal Johnson releases debut album “Belly Full”

Royal Johnson members Andy Johnson (guitar and vocals), Chance Royal (guitar), Kevin Vines (bass and vocals), and Joanie Ferguson (drums and vocals) take photo for Belly Full album release.

Ireal James, Contributing Writer

November 10, 2015

Over the past six months, the Macon-based band Royal Johnson has worked its way up from a group of two Georgia-born artists to a four-member band consisting of members from Washington and Michigan. Citing musical influences from talents such as Macon-native blues and funk guitarist Robert Lee Colem...

From the Big Apple to Bear territory: Freshman brings well known photography project to Mercer

From the Big Apple to Bear territory: Freshman brings well known photography project to Mercer

Katie Atkinson, Staff Writer

September 27, 2015

Millions of followers. Thousands of portraits taken. Countless stories told. This is the legacy of Humans of New York, a project kick-started by photographer Brandon Stanton. Showcasing nearly 5,000 street portraits thus far, Stanton has captured the attention of readers worldwide who find themselves t...

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