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Bear Fair 2.0: Virtual to in-person

Large groups of students attended the student organization meet and greet, also referred to as Bear Fair 2.0, on Aug. 28. This event was held after a fully virtual Bear Fair on Aug. 17 had many technical difficulties

Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor

September 10, 2020

According to Director of Campus Life and Student Involvement Carrie Ingoldsby, Campus Life surveyed students and student organization representatives about their experiences at the  virtual Bear Fair. About 130 individuals responded. Of those respondents, about 75% said they experienced some technical difficulties. The Caribbean Student Association was among the roughly 70 student organizations in attendance at Bear Fair 2.0. Member Tamara Barnard manned the organization’s booth for both the virtual and in-person Bear Fair.

The season ahead for Mercer football

The season ahead for Mercer football

Samantha Homcy, Contributing Writer

September 9, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many collegiate sports being put on pause, and Mercer’s athletic conference, the Southern Conference, has canceled in-conference games this fall. However, Mercer Football fans are in luck because the team will still be playing games this fall. The Bears will be playing against Jacksonville State University on Oct. 10 and will face West Point on Oct. 24. Both games will be played on the road.

Review: The stories stitched in Wini McQueen’s quilts

The Wini McQueen exhibit at the Museum of Arts and Sciences.

Ivy Marie Clarke, Arts & Culture Editor

September 9, 2020

Best known as a textile artist, McQueen masterfully melds together the craft of quilting with the art of storytelling, often to capture what it means to be an African American woman in the South. 

Suicide Prevention Month: Helping others through understanding and education

The Counseling and Psychological Services office is located behind Mary Erin Porter Hall on Mercer's campus.

Natalie Yaeger, Contributing Writer

September 9, 2020

World Suicide Prevention Day is Sept. 10 and was created in order to provide an opportunity for people across the globe to raise awareness of suicide and how it impacts so many.

Mercer University updates mask guidelines

Lucia Gutierrez wears a mask in the University Center.

Mandi DeLong, Contributing Writer

September 9, 2020

Mercer University updated their COVID-19 policies surrounding face masks Aug. 24. While Mercer first put into place a mask requirement during its second summer session, the policy was expanded in mid-August after fall classes began. The original policy, sent out in July, did not specify what kind of masks were acceptable or how users would be required to wear them. The updated policy now specifies that all individuals on-campus are required to wear masks that cover their nose, mouth and chin. 

Students demonstrate against racism, police brutality in on-campus march

Derrick Buie attends the Equal Justice March and Vigil on Sept. 4 at Mercer University.

Lars Lonnroth, News Editor

September 8, 2020

Approximately 400 Mercer students, faculty and staff marched through campus Sept. 4 protesting racism and police brutality in Mercer’s first Equal Justice March and Vigil. Afterwards, over 100 demonstrators gathered in Willingham Hall for a rally and vigil where protest organizers read the names of Black people killed in high-profile instances of police brutality and racism in efforts to raise greater awareness of racism in America.

OPINION: Labor Day should not be for labor

OPINION: Labor Day should not be for labor

Macee Palmer, Contributing Writer

September 6, 2020

The sentiment the university is signaling to its students through the removal of the Labor Day break is appreciated, but recognizing the traditional holiday is the appropriate thing to do. 

BREAKING: Forty-five students, two employees test positive for COVID-19

BREAKING: Forty-five students, two employees test positive for COVID-19

Lars Lonnroth, News Editor

September 4, 2020

Mercer University saw an additional 47 positive coronavirus cases during the week of Aug. 28 to Sept. 3.

Mercer University updates COVID-19 protocols following new CDC guidelines

Mercer University updates COVID-19 protocols following new CDC guidelines

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief

September 1, 2020

Mercer University quietly changed its COVID-19 protocols in a document posted to its coronavirus page Tuesday. The document is an updated version of one that was released in June. The updates reduce the amount of time a student who tests positive for COVID-19 must be fever-free before ending their self-isolation and removes a previous suggestion that a student test negative twice before ending self-isolation. 

Panhellenic recruitment to be fully virtual

Panhellenic recruitment to be fully virtual

Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor

August 29, 2020

Mercer’s Panhellenic chapters—Alpha Delta Pi, Chi Omega, Alpha Gamma Delta and Phi Mu—will hold each of their three rounds of recruitment via Zoom.

OPINION: Mercer students, please stop partying

OPINION: Mercer students, please stop partying

Sarah Moore, Contributing Writer

August 28, 2020

Like many Mercer students, I was nervous about coming back this semester. On our campus, around 4,000 people eat, sleep, go to class and spend their remaining time within a quarter square mile of each other. How could anyone hope to social distance in an environment like that?

BREAKING: Mercer announces 17 new COVID-19 cases

BREAKING: Mercer announces 17 new COVID-19 cases

Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor

August 28, 2020

There are 17 new positive cases of coronavirus between Mercer’s Macon and Atlanta campuses, according to a weekly testing summary from the university released Friday.

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