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Principal deals with both sides of distance learning

Teri Reed sits at her desk in Jefferson County Traditional Middle School, March 12, 2019. She opened her school’s computer lab for her students during the teacher sick-outs that took place that year.

Phoebe Monsour, Staff Writer

May 1, 2020

Schools all over the country, including Teri Reed’s, have moved to digital teaching methods due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Jefferson County Public Schools started distance learning on April 7, and students and teachers have had to adapt to the situation.

Mercer launches The Den, a student-centric website promoting community and connection

Mercer launches The Den, a student-centric website promoting community and connection

Christian Watson, Staff Writer

April 18, 2020

A digital platform launched by Mercer University during the COVID-19 pandemic is bridging the divide between the Mercer community and the administration.

Mercer postpones 2020 commencement ceremonies

Mercer postpones 2020 commencement ceremonies

Samantha Homcy, Staff Writer

April 17, 2020

Students set to graduate from Mercer with bachelor’s, graduate or law degrees this May will have traditional commencement ceremonies in August due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

How to stay busy during a quarantine

How to stay busy during a quarantine

Chance Allen, Staff Writer

April 15, 2020

With the spread of COVID-19 and everyone spending almost all of their time indoors, it’s important to still keep the same pace that we did when we weren’t in quarantine. Here are some tips on how to keep yourself busy and focused.

A college student’s guide to the economic stimulus bill

A college student’s guide to the economic stimulus bill

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor

April 14, 2020

Most American adults will receive up to $1200 via direct deposit, but the bill also affects student loan payments and expands the definition of who can receive unemployment benefits.

The State of Baseball: Heartwarming stories and boredom cures

The State of Baseball: Heartwarming stories and boredom cures

Micah Johnston, Staff Writer

April 14, 2020

MLB is doing a fantastic job of trying to fill the void for baseball-starved fans like us. Here’s a list of everything you can watch and do to try and sate that craving for the beautiful game during your time at home.

Artistic hobbies to try while social distancing

Artistic hobbies to try while social distancing

Ivy Clarke, Lead Arts & Entertainment Writer

April 14, 2020

Doing things off-screen is incredibly healthy for you, and maintaining your wellbeing is critical right now. Here are some ideas for getting the imagination flowing.

Here’s what you should watch on Netflix during quarantine

Here’s what you should watch on Netflix during quarantine

Mandi DeLong, Staff Writer

April 13, 2020

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, people have been urged to stay in their homes and practice social distancing to help limit the spread of the virus. With the sudden isolation, many have been finding ways to distract and entertain themselves. If you’re struggling to find something to do during ...

How game cancellations affect student athletes

Mercer women's tennis team huddles up before match against Florida Gulf Coast University Feb. 22. Photo by Michael Rich

Lauren Rich, Contributing Writer

April 13, 2020

We have spent years cultivating our talents and sacrificing sleep, social events and sometimes our sanity to get the opportunity to compete for a university as great as Mercer. Having one of those precious four years ripped away at a moment’s notice is a loss that is just unexplainable.

How to nurture your relationships during a self-isolation period

How to nurture your relationships during a self-isolation period

Ivy Clarke, Lead Arts & Entertainment Writer

April 13, 2020

Now more than ever, it’s important to stay in touch with your support systems, no matter the distance. Here are some ideas for how to bridge the gap.

New Mercer Village restaurant donates pizzas to first responders and hospital workers

Dahlia Sanchez, Lisa Williams, and Andrew Gates hold a pizza box that reads “We appreciate what you are doing for our community!”

Conner Hendricks, Staff Writer

April 13, 2020

JAG’s is offering curbside pickup and to-go orders to limit person-to-person contact. The dining room remains closed until further notice.

Breaking: Courses will remain online for duration of spring semester, first Mercer student tests positive for COVID-19

Breaking: Courses will remain online for duration of spring semester, first Mercer student tests positive for COVID-19

Mary Helene Hall and Emily Rose Thorne

March 28, 2020

Mercer University has made the decision to continue offering all courses online only, according to President Bill Underwood. Following Underwood’s announcement, Mercer announced that a graduate student on the Macon campus tested positive on Friday for COVID-19.

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