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Army Spc. Angel Laureano holds a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., Dec. 14, 2020. Free for use photo by Lisa Ferdinando.

All Georgians now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine, Mercer Macon distribution remains unclear

Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor March 26, 2021
All residents of Georgia age 16 and over are eligible starting today to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, according to an announcement from Georgia Governor Brian Kemp. 
Presidential candidates Ashton Bearden and Rylan Allen and vice presidential candidates Kaleb Mills and Natalie Yeager participate in the SGA debate moderated by Mary Helene Hall.

SGA Presidential debate features student questions, in-depth discussion

Micah Johnston, Sports Editor March 26, 2021
Mercer’s Student Government Association held its 2021 Presidential Debate in the Connell Student Center Wednesday night at 7 p.m. The event featured discussions between presidential candidates Rylan Allen and Ashton Bearden and vice presidential candidates Natalie Yeager and Caleb Mills.
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SGA to host first presidential debate since 2018, The Cluster to moderate

Henry Keating and Mary Helene Hall March 22, 2021
Mercer University’s Student Government Association will host a debate for student body presidential candidates. The Cluster's managing editor, Mary Helene Hall, will moderate.
Mercer football bus catches fire in South Carolina

Mercer football bus catches fire in South Carolina

Nadia Pressley and Mary Helene Hall March 14, 2021
One of Mercer’s football buses caught fire outside of a Golden Corral in Columbia, South Carolina, Friday.
Mercer student creates Instagram account to feature Black students’ businesses

Mercer student creates Instagram account to feature Black students’ businesses

Mandi DeLong, Campus Life Correspondent March 13, 2021

After realizing the lack of recognition for many Black-owned student businesses on campus, junior Melody Gervin created an Instagram account dedicated to featuring and supporting her classmates. Gervin...

The statue of Jesse Mercer, the founder and first president of the university, in the heart of campus.

Mercer to erect new statue celebrating diversity

Michael Mallard, Contributing Writer March 11, 2021
In June 2020, the University’s Board of Trustees approved a proposal to install a sculpture at the heart of campus to commemorate Mercer’s racial integration in 1963 and to promote the institution’s commitment to diversity today, according to a press release.
A COVID Vaccine Record Card

Mercer students vaccinated in COVID-19 health efforts

Dean Yusuf, Staff Writer March 9, 2021
As COVID-19 vaccines roll out around the United States, some students and faculty at Mercer have been offered the opportunity to get vaccinated against the virus. Throughout the Columbus, Macon and Savannah campuses, medical teams have received vaccinations from their regional health districts in Columbus, Memorial Health in Savannah and Coliseum and Navicent Health in Macon.
Rachel Cargle via Facebook

Activist Rachel Cargle asks Mercer students to consider their roles in upholding white supremacy

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief March 8, 2021

Rachel Cargle is not interested in “spoonfeeding” racial justice to her audiences. Instead, she engages in conversation with them and challenges them to think critically about the systems they participate...

Mercer's Center for Career Services and Professional Development is located on the third floor of the Connell Student Center. Archived photo from The Cluster staff.

How the Center for Career and Professional Development helps students find jobs in a pandemic

Henry Keating, Student Government Correspondent March 6, 2021
COVID-19 has not stopped Mercer’s Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) from serving students daily through virtual coaching and counseling.
Ocmulgee Brewpub is located at 484 Second Street in downtown Macon, Ga. Photo via Facebook

COVID-19 has made service industry jobs tougher. These Mercer students say Macon’s restaurants are no exception

Nadia Pressley, News Editor March 4, 2021
According to the National Restaurant Association, restaurant employment has decreased and $240 billion in sales have been lost. This isn’t just a national impact; the effects of COVID-19 have impacted local restaurants right here in Macon. 
Rachel Cargle via Facebook

Activist to deliver talk on intersectionality for Women’s History Month

Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor February 28, 2021
Rachel Cargle, a public academic, writer and lecturer, will be delivering a talk on the way race impacts everyday life as the first program of Mercer’s Women’s History Month celebration.
Members of the Mercer community are directed to call Mercer Medicine at (478) 301-4111 or the Student Health Center 24/7 hotline at (478) 301-7425 if they begin displaying symptoms.

Mercer approved for COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor February 28, 2021
Mercer Medicine will begin distributing COVID-19 vaccines in Macon, likely in the next few weeks.
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