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

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.
January 25, 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
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
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. 

Phi Delta Theta Fraternity suspended due to student conduct violations

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.
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.

Mercer students start club basketball team amid COVID-19 

Mercer University Club Basketball President Kevin Kinnard kneels on the sideline during the final 3 on 3 drill of the day's practice Nov. 6.
November 9, 2020
Mercer University junior Kevin Kinnard was always passionate about basketball growing up, and he wanted to carry that passion with him to Mercer. COVID-19 hasn’t kept him from expressing that passion in the form of Mercer’s Club Basketball team.

The financial cost of COVID-19: How Mercer is navigating a financially uncertain world

Signage in the Connell Student Center informs patrons about university safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
November 9, 2020
Mercer University, like many institutions of higher learning, was poised for a financial hit in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Mercer largely evaded an economic crisis. Here's how the administration pulled it off.

Biden becomes 46th president of the United States, fate of Senate may lie with Georgia

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. speaks at his campaign event in North Liberty, Iowa, on Feb. 1, 2020.
November 7, 2020
Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Sen. Kamala Harris, a Democrat from California, are headed to the White House after a nail-biting result count that kept the nation in limbo for several days.

Bears suffer last-second Homecoming loss, look towards spring schedule

John Harris (57) blocks for Mercer’s quarterback Harrison Frost (18) as Frost attempts a pass during the second quarter of the game.
November 5, 2020
The Bears lost their one and only home game of the season this year to Abilene Christian University by a score of 20-17 Saturday.

How these queer professors support their LGBTQIA+ students

Mercer history faculty Dr. Abigail Dowling poses for a portrait near Willingham Hall.
October 28, 2020
Being away from family during college can be a period to allow growth and exploration for LGBTQIA+ students, but these students may still be in search of a support system due to the lack of parental figures at school. That’s where university faculty comes in. 

Review: Netflix’s “The Social Dilemma” is a hard-hitting eye-opener on our relationship with social media

A student scrolls on their phone.
October 9, 2020
The film excels at making you question your own relationship with social media and advises critical thought on how you’re actually using it.

‘Don’t be afraid to talk about race’: Racism in America and its impact on a Mercer student

Tamara Barnard’s cousin, Botham Jean, was killed in his own home Sept. 6, 2018 by an ex-Dallas police officer. Photo provided by Tamara Barnard
October 7, 2020
Tamara Barnard, a senior at Mercer University, lost her cousin Botham Jean to police violence in 2018. Now, she conducts research and activism advocating for anti-racism and police reform.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg inspired women for decades. For these Mercer students, she represented the progress of a generation

Cyanotype print by Craig Coleman
October 5, 2020
Justice Ginsburg was the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court and championed gender equality throughout her legal career. For these Mercer women, she's an inspiration.
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