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Mercer Artist: Julia Swain plans to teach music in India

Mercer Artist: Julia Swain plans to teach music in India

Jules Tollett

March 11, 2019


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Senior Julia Swain is an artist in more ways than one. Although she is mostly involved in the music school and plays viola for the McDuffie Center for Strings, she has also become more involved in Mercer’s visual arts program. Swain has been involved in the arts from a very young age. She began playing...

Mercer “Dungeons and Dragons” game master is an improvisational storyteller

Mercer “Dungeons and Dragons” game master is an improvisational storyteller

Chas Pridgen

March 1, 2019


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With the current re-emergence of “Dungeons and Dragons” (D&D) into pop culture, creators are finding that some of their stories are best told around a table. One of these storytellers is Nick Pope, a Dungeon Master (DM) who started playing D&D about two years ago. Pope said that the basi...

Mercer Artist: Self-taught sophomore loves going hands-on through her artwork

Chas Pridgen

February 12, 2019


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Karen Wessells is a sophomore information science and technology and Spanish major at Mercer University. However, outside of her official areas of study, she is also a talented artist who uses her craft to keep herself busy. Wessells said that she uses many different mediums to create her artwork, inclu...

Mercer Artist: Talented sophomore lands a lead

Mercer Artist: Talented sophomore lands a lead

Julianna Tollett

January 27, 2019


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The world of acting can be pretty daunting for some people. But when Tiara Watkins, a sophomore transfer student, came to auditions for Mercer Theatre’s upcoming show, “The Christians,” she ended up landing a lead role. Watkins has been participating in theater since her freshman year of high scho...

Mercer Artist: Ali Austin, a visual artist with a love for digital art

Mercer Artist: Ali Austin, a visual artist with a love for digital art

Julianna Tollett

November 29, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Mercer Artist

Ali Austin is a second year student at Mercer University. While she is majoring in psychology, her passion is art. Austin specializes in visual art through a variety of mediums. These mediums include traditional pencil and paper drawings, painting with both acrylic and watercolor paints, digital art,...

Mercer Artist: Actress new to stage quickly ascends to the limelight

Mercer Artist: Actress new to stage quickly ascends to the limelight

Chas Pridgen

November 15, 2018


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The “acting bug” is a powerful thing, and you never know when it’s going to strike. Once it bites you, it’s very difficult to shake. Lauren Dreggors discovered her love for acting less than a year before she booked the role of “Juliet” in Mercer’s production of “Romeo & Juliet.” ...

Mercer Artist: Transfer student finds home at Mercer’s school of music

Mercer Artist: Transfer student finds home at Mercer’s school of music

Chas Pridgen

November 11, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Mercer Artist

Artistry can be found wherever you go, which is exactly what Collin LaHood discovered when he transferred to Mercer University. LaHood, a junior Vocal Performance major at the Townsend School of Music, quickly found himself right in the fray after his arrival. In high school, LaHood performed in several ...

Mercer Artist: Morgan Brady

Mercer Artist: Morgan Brady

Mahima Sultan

October 19, 2018


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For Morgan Brady, what began as a way to bond with her grandmother when she was younger became her go-to stress reliever and one of her favorite hobbies. Her love for art began when she was in middle school. “The earliest memory probably has to be with my grandma,” she said. “I send her everything that I...

Mercer Artist: McPherson Newell

Mercer Artist: McPherson Newell

Julianna Tollett

October 8, 2018


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McPherson Newell first began writing poetry in the second grade. His love for it grew, however, he was in seventh grade when he began writing every day and continued the trend until he graduated high school. He has continued to write several pieces of poetry while attending college. The sophomore biom...

Mercer Artist: Marlon Moody

Mercer Artist: Marlon Moody

Elliot James, Staff Writer

March 31, 2018


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Marlon Moody’s instrument towered over him. He said this is why he chose to play the bassoon in the fifth grade. He has been playing the woodwind instrument ever since. Moody is a fourth-year technical communications major at Mercer. He plays the double reed instrument in the Mercer Wind Ensembl...

Mercer Artist: Anisah Muhammad

Mercer Artist: Anisah Muhammad

Thais Ackerman, Staff Writer

March 25, 2018


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Anisah Muhammad discovered her love for writing at a young age. When she was in middle school, she realized she was passionate about many forms of the skill, ranging from journalistic styles to fiction.   “I guess it just naturally came out,” Muhammad said. The first poem Muhammad ever wrote focused...

Mercer Artist: Annie Fair

Mercer Artist: Annie Fair

Marianna Bacallao, Photo Editor

February 24, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Mercer Artist, Showcase, Theater

Annie Fair first started doing lighting design her sophomore year at Mercer while taking a class on the subject. The following summer, Professor Scot Mann offered Fair her first paid job as a lighting designer on a production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare” he was directing. Sinc...

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