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The pros and cons of using test scores in college admissions

The pros and cons of using test scores in college admissions

Jacqueline Lamothe, Contributing Writer

August 23, 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak has made many traditional college operations come to a screeching halt, resulting in many institutions allowing prospective students to apply to schools with or without standardized test scores, but the question still remains: should schools still consider test scores during the pandemic or waive them altogether? One must consider the pros and cons of the entire situation and why this choice should be entirely up to the student.

Mercer opens COVID-19 testing lab on campus

Mercer University opened a COVID-19 testing laboratory on its Macon campus. Photo provided by Mercer University Marketing Communications

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief

August 22, 2020

The lab, operated by Mercer’s School of Medicine and affiliated primary care practice Mercer Medicine, staffs three technicians and can conduct about 740 tests per day with results released within two business days.

Wear your mask, but make it fashion

A student wears her mask.

Ivia Rollins, Contributing Writer

August 22, 2020

Here are three tips to make sure your mask will never disappoint in keeping you safe and trendy.

Review: “Disclosure” documentary critically examines transgender representation in the media

“Disclosure” is essentially a reel of transgender film history supplemented with commentary by contemporary trans film industry workers like Laverne Cox, Sandra Caldwell, Lilly Wachowski and Yance Ford.

Ivy Marie Clarke, Arts & Culture Editor

August 22, 2020

“Disclosure” ultimately seeks to challenge trans representation by presenting harmful depictions alongside successful trans stars in the pursuit of awareness and positive change. 

Why college football might not happen in 2020, and what it could mean for the future of the sport

Why college football might not happen in 2020, and what it could mean for the future of the sport

Micah Johnston, Sports Editor

August 22, 2020

While some players are in vocal support of playing, the threat of COVID-19 remains as important as ever when tackling this difficult season. Beyond the immediate concerns of 2020, however, the virus’ impact brings to light even more questions about the sport’s long-term future in a variety of ways.

BREAKING: 103 students, 15 staff test positive for COVID-19

BREAKING: 103 students, 15 staff test positive for COVID-19

Lars Lonnroth, News Editor

August 21, 2020

The Mercer University administration announced Friday that 103 students across Mercer’s four campuses tested positive for the coronavirus.

Mental health in the time of COVID: Tired, lonely and unmotivated….oh my! 

Mental health in the time of COVID: Tired, lonely and unmotivated….oh my! 

Natalie Yaeger, Contributing Writer

August 21, 2020

Mental health struggles in the time of COVID-19 are something that is hard to explain, but it’s something many, if not all of us, have felt. The desperation for a return to normalcy, the feeling of being exhausted even when we’ve done nothing and the isolation from so many people takes a toll. 

Mercer Artist: Sanaa Yusuf creates masks to benefit the homeless community

Sanaa Yusuf wears one of their masks.

Chance Allen, Lead Arts & Culture Writer

August 21, 2020

Yusuf got started making masks when they came to the realization that many homeless communities would be negatively affected by the pandemic.

Mercer lacrosse coach Kyle Hannan resigns after eight seasons

Mercer lacrosse coach Kyle Hannan resigns after eight seasons

Jenna Sanders, Contributing Writer

August 21, 2020

Mercer University’s men’s lacrosse coach Kyle Hannan resigned Aug. 6, making Chad Surman the new head coach, according to Mercer University.

New COVID-19 restrictions transform how campus organizations operate

New COVID-19 restrictions transform how campus organizations operate

McKenna Kaufman, Contributing Writer

August 21, 2020

For many clubs on Mercer’s campus, the coronavirus pandemic has presented all sorts of new and never-before-seen challenges, adding significant unknowns for clubs organizing events and activities that would be uncomplicated under regular circumstances. 

BREAKING: Mercer fall athletics delayed by Southern Conference decision

BREAKING: Mercer fall athletics delayed by Southern Conference decision

Micah Johnston, Sports Editor

August 13, 2020

The Southern Conference canceled all fall conference sports competitions Thursday, according to a press release by Mercer University.

With fall semester approaching, SGA survey finds many students on the fence 

A survey conducted by the Student Government Association indicates that 70% of students think a hybrid reopening model — offering a blend or a choice of in-person and virtual instruction — is the best choice for the upcoming Fall 2020 semester.

Lars Lonnroth, News Editor

August 8, 2020

A survey conducted by the Student Government Association indicates that 70% of students think a hybrid reopening model — offering a blend or a choice of in-person and virtual instruction — is the best choice for the upcoming Fall 2020 semester.

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