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Mercer’s Summer in Review

Mercer’s Summer in Review

Elizabeth Tammi, Lead Writer
August 16, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

Most of Mercer’s students left campus for the summer, so here’s all you need to know about what went down before the fall semester.

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Nathan Watson is along for the ride at Learn and Earn

Nathan Watson is along for the ride at Learn and Earn

Katie Atkinson, Managing Editor
August 14, 2017
Filed under City, News, Showcase

Bicycles hang from the walls of a tiny room at Strong Tower Church and a group of young boys moves to their work stations. They pick up wrenches and wait for instruction. These kids are part of Macon’s Learn and Earn bike program, where students are given a used bike and taught how to fix it up. After ten hours of repair work, they get to take their bike home. “I call it a free bike but, they've earned a bike. They are not just given a bike that they’ll go lose tomorrow,” Nathan Watson said. “They’ve got some sweat equity in it.  They really are earning the bikes and they know how to fix them after that too.”

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Middle Georgia welcomes first Freedom School

Middle Georgia welcomes first Freedom School

Katie Atkinson, Managing Editor
August 11, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

For students facing poverty today, summer break can be one devastating vacation. With no access to educational resources at home, these students risk losing valuable reading skills they’ve gained during the school year. Freedom Schools across the nation are trying to change that by making sure kids gain skills, not lose them.

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Jean Bragg brought a little corner of New Orleans to Macon

Jean Bragg brought a little corner of New Orleans to Macon

Drew Daws, Contributing Writer
May 8, 2017
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"One day I came home, and I began to look in downtown Macon. I decided if I were to come back home, I was going to have to create my own little New Orleans,” Jean Bragg said.

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Lanier Prize awarded to Ellen Gilchrist

Lanier Prize awarded to Ellen Gilchrist

Rylee Kirk, Staff Writer
May 8, 2017
Filed under News

Ellen Gilchrist was awarded Mercer’s Sidney Lanier Prize for Southern Writing on April 22. The prize is awarded in recognition of a “significant career contribution to southern writing,” according to the Mercer Southern Studies website. Past recipients include Ernest Gaines and Spencer B. King Jr....

Civil discussion on campus diversity focuses on politics

Civil discussion on campus diversity focuses on politics

Vanessa Alva, Staff Writer
May 1, 2017
Filed under News

“The idea was to help raise awareness and educate that Mercer has a beautifully diverse student population, in every sense of the word. Attendance was poor, but I think that had more to do with the time allotted for planning the event,” Perry Hicks said. Although it did not turn out as expected, Hicks sees potential in the discussion template. “The panel shifted more towards a political focus from the questions and ended up not completely reaching our goal for the event,” she said. “It was a great event, and I think it could be very successful in the future.”

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Kappa Sigma resumes limited operations after suspension

Kappa Sigma resumes limited operations after suspension

Rose Scoggins, Staff Writer
April 29, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

“The Alpha-Beta Chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity is putting some finishing touches on a most successful Spring semester, [and] are on schedule to complete all remaining requirements to complete the Chapter’s sanctions,” said Mitchell Wilson, the Executive Director of Kappa Sigma. “We are proud of them.”

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Second vote for city’s anti-sexual orientation, gender identity discrimination measure to come after first approval

Second vote for city’s anti-sexual orientation, gender identity discrimination measure to come after first approval

Rose Scoggins, Staff Writer
April 29, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

“We need to set a tone in this county, [and] we need to lead when it comes to these things. We need to set an example for others to follow,” 2nd District Commissioner Larry Schlesinger said during the meeting. “Inclusion is one of the most important examples that we can set, and it needs to be put in writing for everyone to see.”

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Possible LGBTQ housing coming to Mercer

Possible LGBTQ housing coming to Mercer

Kat Heesh, Staff Writer
April 29, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

“It’s more just to serve as a safer form of housing for people who might not feel as safe if they were to have a random room assignment,” James Stair said.

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Mercer Innovation Center set to launch entrepreneurship program

Mercer Innovation Center set to launch entrepreneurship program

Vanessa Alva, Staff Writer
April 20, 2017
Filed under News, Organization Spotlight

“The Mercer Innovation Center is working on developing programs to encourage entrepreneurship and connect students with real-life startups,” said director of the Mercer Innovation Center Stephanie Howard. “What better way than to connect over coffee, and have meaningful conversations about starting a business? We hope that programs like The Grind will inspire students to develop their ideas and explore possibilities.”

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Tattnall Park to hold Sidewalk Chalk Festival

Tattnall Park to hold Sidewalk Chalk Festival

Rylee Kirk, Staff Writer
April 19, 2017
Filed under News

Artists will compete against each other by creating chalk murals along the sidewalks in Tattnall Square Park, April 29th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Christianity major morphs into more inclusive religious studies

Christianity major morphs into more inclusive religious studies

Rose Scoggins, Staff Writer
April 15, 2017
Filed under News

“I decided to go with the transition and adopt a religion minor instead of keeping a Christianity minor,” Bekah Fulton said. “I felt it was a more inclusive title, a better representation of my studies and I wanted to support the change from Christianity to religion.”

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