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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.

Breaking: Sen. Lackey clinches SGA presidency in nail-biting second round

Breaking: Sen. Lackey clinches SGA presidency in nail-biting second round

Lars Lonnroth, Staff Writer

March 27, 2020

Savannah Lackey, rising junior, won Mercer’s Student Government Association’s presidential election by 16 votes on Friday, narrowly defeating challenger Genesis Cooper and clinching victory in the second round of the SGA presidential elections.

Bullying persists beyond school walls for Georgia’s bisexual students, but times are changing

Bullying persists beyond school walls for Georgia’s bisexual students, but times are changing

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor

March 25, 2020

A Pew Research Center study found that 30% of bisexuals were subjected to slurs or jokes, while 31% were rejected by a friend or family member due to their sexuality.

SPLOST funds for Macon-Bibb County distributed

SPLOST funds for Macon-Bibb County distributed

Samantha Homcy, Staff Writer

March 24, 2020

Over $16 million of Macon-Bibb SPLOST funds from 2016-2018 will be divided among several projects scheduled in 2020.

Breaking: Classes suspended until March 23, moving online until April 3

Breaking: Classes suspended until March 23, moving online until April 3

Mary Helene Hall, Staff Reporter

March 15, 2020

Classes have been canceled until March 23 to give professors time to transition online, according to an email from President Bill Underwood. After that, all courses will be delivered online until April 3. 

Mercer student stuck in South Korea amidst global pandemic

Mercer student stuck in South Korea amidst global pandemic

Marianna Bacallao, Editor-in-Chief

March 15, 2020

Daniels said that the administration would not allow her back into her Loft until the 14-day quarantine was over. So, she missed her initial flight back to the United States on March 8, and since then, has been staying with friends in South Korea until she’s allowed back on campus.

Breaking: Mercer announces COVID-19 response, majority of students plan to move online

Breaking: Mercer announces COVID-19 response, majority of students plan to move online

Mary Helene Hall, Staff Reporter

March 13, 2020

In an email from President Bill Underwood, it was announced that students have a choice between in-person and online instruction.

Breaking: Dean Pearson addresses coronavirus concerns on SGA floor

Breaking: Dean Pearson addresses coronavirus concerns on SGA floor

Marianna Bacallao, Editor-in-Chief

March 10, 2020

Pearson said he’ll be hosting a public question-and-answer session in the Connell Student Center lobby on March 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

New student organization advocates for accessibility on campus

New student organization advocates for accessibility on campus

Natalie Yaeger, Lead News Writer

February 27, 2020

The organization hopes to get more involved with the disabled community in and around Mercer and get involved with the Access and Accommodations office to discuss issues students have been facing. 

SGA rundown: Donation box robbed, efforts for campus safety and accessibility underway

SGA rundown: Donation box robbed, efforts for campus safety and accessibility underway

Lars Lonnroth, Contributing Writer

February 26, 2020

Mercer University’s Student Government Association (SGA) met on Feb. 7 to tackle a wide variety of issues from club funding requests to addressing campus security. This is the SGA rundown.

Faculty-led spring break trips prepare to depart

Faculty-led spring break trips prepare to depart

K.D. Robertson, Contributing Writer

February 25, 2020

“This is definitely the most programs and largest group of students we’ve ever had going over spring break for faculty-led programs,” said Study Abroad Coordinator Rebekah Anaya in an email to The Cluster.

Mercer students go viral at the New Hampshire primaries

Mercer students go viral at the New Hampshire primaries

Marianna Bacallao and Mandi DeLong

February 25, 2020

At a New Hampshire town hall, Mercer student Madison Moore asked presidential candidate Joe Biden about his performance in the Iowa caucus. “You're arguably the candidate with the greatest advantage in this race. You've been the vice president; you weren't burdened down by the impeachment trial...

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