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Recent graduates faced with tough decisions surrounding commencement

Mercer University’s commencement ceremonies are set to take place for both the Macon and Atlanta campuses starting Aug. 7. 

Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor

August 6, 2020

Mercer University’s commencement ceremonies are set to take place on both the Macon and Atlanta campuses starting Aug. 7. According to Senior Vice President for Marketing Communications and Chief of Staff Larry Brumley, there will be about 1,500 total participants in the commencement ceremonies. There are 561 on the Macon campus, 826 in Atlanta and 88 from the law school. Typically, there are between 2,000 - 2,100 attendees out of around 2,600 graduates who are invited. 

BREAKING: Thirty-five Mercer students test positive for COVID-19

BREAKING: Thirty-five Mercer students test positive for COVID-19

Micah Johnston, Sports Editor

August 5, 2020

Mercer University has announced that 35 students have tested positive for COVID-19, including 29 student-athletes.

Bear Fair goes virtual

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Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor

August 5, 2020

Campus Life will be using an emerging virtual event platform called Degy World to facilitate Bear Fair, an event that introduces new students to Mercer’s student groups.

OPINION: Mercer has good reasons to reopen this fall

OPINION: Mercer has good reasons to reopen this fall

Savannah Smith, Contributing Writer

July 31, 2020

As Mercer students, we are united by a similar experience. After spending our junior and senior years of high school combing through college websites and going on campus tours, we all committed to Mercer University. Our decisions to matriculate here primarily represent a transaction: 120 hours of classes in exchange for a degree. However, we are not solely bound together by the pursuit of a degree. We chose Mercer because we believed in the experience it provides. 

BREAKING: Macon mayor vetoes county mask mandate

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Lars Lonnroth, News Editor

July 27, 2020

Macon Mayor Robert Reichert vetoed on July 27 a measure passed by the city commission that would mandate masks in Macon-Bibb County.

Out-of-state students report mixed feelings about returning to Macon during pandemic

Only about 13% of Mercer undergraduates hail from outside of Georgia.

Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor

July 26, 2020

The fall semester of the 2020-2021 academic year is rapidly approaching, and Mercer University students are preparing to return to campus. Some students’ trips, however, will be a bit longer than others’.

Students protest, Peer Advisors resign over Mercer’s pandemic reopening plan

A Mercer student attends the protest for online classes at the Godsey Administration Building on July 14.

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief

July 22, 2020

After Mercer University declined to offer a distance learning option this fall, some students have responded by protesting or limiting their involvement on campus.

OPINION: Mercer is making a big mistake re-opening in the fall

OPINION: Mercer is making a big mistake re-opening in the fall

Caitlyn Patton, Layout Editor

July 22, 2020

What happens when a university opens in a pandemic? Apparently, Mercer University plans to find out.

Letter to the Editor: Faculty condemn racial violence and police brutality and commit to anti-racism

Letter to the Editor: Faculty condemn racial violence and police brutality and commit to anti-racism

June 23, 2020

The statement was written and overwhelmingly supported by the faculty of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Mercer to commission permanent sculpture honoring school history of integration

Mercer to commission permanent sculpture honoring school history of integration

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief

June 19, 2020

Underwood “believes it’s fitting to tell that story through permanent sculpture in a prominent location on campus to provide inspiration and a reminder that we still have much work to do in order to achieve racial justice. Now is the time to get this done.”

Juneteenth: What is it and how can we commemorate it?

The Juneteenth flag was first raised in 2000 in Boston, Massachusetts, by designer Ben Haith, according to the National Juneteenth Celebration Foundation.

Chance Allen, Lead Writer

June 19, 2020

The enslaved were “free” as the Emancipation Proclamation was finalized in 1863, but it wasn’t until two and a half years later that it was actually celebrated and implemented within society.

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