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The Cluster's bulletin board in the Center for Collaborative Journalism on Mercer's Macon campus.

The Cluster takes home nine awards at Georgia College Press Association contest

The Cluster Editorial Staff February 19, 2021
The staff of The Cluster, the independent student-run newspaper at Mercer University, won nine awards at the Georgia Collegiate Press Association Better Newspaper Contest Friday.
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SGA updates voting system ahead of spring elections

Henry Keating, Student Government Correspondent February 11, 2021
In its first meeting of the spring semester Jan. 25, the Mercer Student Government Association addressed student concerns, including issues students raised about class elections.
Founder’s Day: Alum Kirk Nooks to share life lessons as 2021 speaker

Founder’s Day: Alum Kirk Nooks to share life lessons as 2021 speaker

Henry Keating, Student Government Correspondent February 10, 2021
Each February, the Mercer community is invited to take part in Founder’s Day. This year, “double Bear” and President of Gordon State College Kirk Nooks will deliver an address at the 130th annual celebration of Founder’s Day.
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New student organization tutors children in Ghana

Mandi DeLong and Lars Lonnroth February 7, 2021
A new student organization at Mercer is working to mentor children in villages around the world, seeking to help address poverty through providing education to low-income communities internationally.
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’s COVID-19 case numbers remain low throughout first month of spring semester

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief February 5, 2021

Four weeks into the spring semester, Mercer University continues to report relatively low rates of COVID-19 on its Macon, Atlanta and Savannah campuses. In a weekly report released Friday, the university...

Mercer Professor of English Andrew Silver speaks to prospective Mercer students in Hawkins Arena Jan. 22.

Presidential Scholars Weekend endures with new COVID-19 regulations

Dean Yusuf, Staff Writer February 3, 2021
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has canceled many popular events at Mercer, the university has still managed to take control of the situation by adapting to safety protocols. One event Mercer was able to continue holding was its annual Presidential Scholars Weekend Jan. 22-23.
Students can receive virtual counseling from CAPS.

CAPS addresses new mental health needs due to COVID-19

Lars Lonnroth, Staff Writer February 1, 2021
About a fifth of students visiting Mercer’s Office of Counseling and Psychological Services have sought counseling specifically because of the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on their life, data kept by CAPS shows, underscoring the additional mental health challenges COVID-19 has caused at colleges across the nation. 
L. Lin Wood, an alumnus of the Mercer Law School, speaks as a part of the Legal Legends series Jan. 16, 2020. Photo provided by Mercer University Marketing Communications.

Lin Wood’s Mercer legacy: Prominent pro-Trump lawyer and Mercer Law grad calls Mercer students ‘brainwashed’

Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor January 26, 2021
L. Lin Wood, a Mercer Law graduate and prominent pro-Trump lawyer, pledged a donation of $1 million to the school in 2016. In return, the school named a courtroom after him. Since then, he has amassed a large social media following due to his support of conspiracy theories surrounding the 2020 presidential election. He called Mercer Law students "brainwashed" after a Zoom call with Dean Cathy Cox where they discussed the future of his legacy at Mercer.
Student convicted of violating quarantine released from custody in Cayman Islands, future at Mercer unclear

Student convicted of violating quarantine released from custody in Cayman Islands, future at Mercer unclear

Lars Lonnroth, News Editor January 20, 2021
The Mercer University student convicted of violating local COVID-19 quarantine laws in the Cayman Islands was released from custody Friday, but her status as a Mercer student is not yet publicly known.
Mercer University announces 232 cases of COVID-19 since December 30

Mercer University announces 232 cases of COVID-19 since December 30

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor-in-Chief January 15, 2021
The university announced that between Dec. 30 and Jan. 14, a total of 4,251 students, faculty and staff were tested for the novel coronavirus across Mercer’s campuses. Of those, 232 people tested positive for COVID-19. 
The Phi Delta Theta house is located in the Mercer University Greek Village. The fraternity was suspended from campus this semester due to alcohol-related Student Code of Conduct violations.

Phi Delta Theta Fraternity suspended due to student conduct violations

Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor January 13, 2021
The Georgia Gamma chapter of Phi Delta Theta at Mercer University has been suspended from campus due to alcohol-related Student Code of Conduct violations from the fall 2020 semester, according to Carrie Ingoldsby, advisor of Mercer’s Interfraternity Council.
BREAKING: Mercer freshman passes away in campus dorm

BREAKING: Mercer freshman passes away in campus dorm

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief January 7, 2021
A Mercer University freshman passed away in her dorm room Jan. 7, according to an email from President Bill Underwood sent to students just after 5:00 p.m.
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