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Sweet tea, humidity and culture shock: What it’s like to be an international student at Mercer

Sweet tea, humidity and culture shock: What it’s like to be an international student at Mercer

Zoe Beasley, Contributing Writer

September 27, 2019

So why am I here? What is it like being that far from home? Or, as many like to ask: of all places, why are you in Macon?

My story with birth control

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office On Women’s Health, hormonal birth control can be broken down into two subtypes: long-acting reversible contraceptives and short-acting hormonal methods.

Serena Golden, Photography Editor

September 26, 2019

Although I came in feeling like a strong woman taking charge of her health, I immediately felt like a teenage girl being warned not to get pregnant. My doctor took me through a birth control tour unprompted, showing off an IUD like a brand new Mercedes. I said I would think about it.

One year, two countries: Bri Levin’s cultural exchange in Japan and Morocco

Photo provided by Bri Levin

Aliyah Dorsey, Lead Lifestyle Writer

September 26, 2019

Levin found that living in two countries for the year meant adjusting to two different cultures. Here's what she learned from a year abroad.

How to stay fab on a budget in Macon

Tazeena Mandani looks at outfits with a friend.

Aliyah Dorsey, Lead Lifestyle Writer

September 26, 2019

We all want to look our best, but being decked out in the hottest fashion trends can be expensive. You can look like a star without breaking your budget if you follow these five simple tips.

Mercer student starts Instagram business: JeweledbyAQ 

Alexis Quarcoo, Mahima Sultan and Nia Dean wear JeweledbyAQ pieces. Photo courtesy of Alexis Quarcoo

Aliyah Dorsey, Lead Lifestyle Writer

September 10, 2019

Alexis Quarcoo, a junior accounting and marketing major, launched her own jewelry business this year, complete with an ambassadorship program.

How to avoid gaining the “Freshman Fifteen”

A freshman steps on her scale.

Aliyah Dorsey, Lead Lifestyle Writer

September 9, 2019

In the presence of a stressful academic life and thriving social life, it can be hard to make sure we’re doing everything we can to stay healthy. Here are five ways to avoid the freshman 15.

September is PCOS Awareness Month. Here’s what it’s like to get diagnosed

Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a metabolic disease that affects between 5 and 10 percent of women, half of whom don’t even know they have it.

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor

September 9, 2019

My doctor told me everything I needed to know, but she also told me that it’s common for people to misunderstand PCOS. I spoke to a surgeon who specializes in reproductive surgery about the ins and outs of PCOS.

Five summer fashion trends to try this year

Macda Hailu (left) and Marcela Gaylen (right) wear leopard print and colorful scrunchies. Photo by Suzanna Arul

Aliyah Dorsey, Lead Lifestyle & Opinion Writer

August 15, 2019

As the school year gets started, it’s the perfect time to switch up your style. Here's a look at what summer 2019 had to offer for fashion inspiration.

Mercer Fresh Prints changes the game

Graphic courtesy of Casey Colquitt

Mahima Sultan, Lifestyle & Opinion Editor

August 14, 2019

Fresh Prints is a custom apparel company that aims to remove the corporate middleman when it comes to custom apparel for student organizations. The company works by selecting campus managers. One of these is none other than Mercer’s own Casey Colquitt. 

What were the bears up to this summer?

Joshua Dupaty, a fourth-year biomedical engineering major, spent his summer participating in a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program where he received an honorable mention for an outstanding oral presentation at the conference. Photo courtesy of Joshua Dupaty

Mahima Sultan, Lifestyle & Opinions Editor

August 14, 2019

Over the summer, the bears left the den for three months — but what exactly were they up to during this time?

How To Plan for Summer Vacation

How To Plan for Summer Vacation

Aliyah Dorsey, Lead Arts & Entertainment Writer

April 26, 2019

As the semester is winding down, it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to do this summer. There are so many adventures to be had under the summer sun that it's good to be prepared. Here are five things you should know to plan for a summer vacation. 1. Start Early There are only a couple weeks o...

Senior Column: Why saying goodbye to Mercer feels just a little different

“Bear Crossing” graphic

Katie Atkinson, Editor-in-Chief

April 25, 2019

I would say I’ve been relatively good at saying goodbye my whole life. I moved frequently during my childhood, and on my last day of high school, I blasted music and tore out of the parking lot faster than I ever had that year. I had no regrets. I’m a big subscriber to the idea that the past ...

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