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Army Spc. Angel Laureano holds a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., Dec. 14, 2020. Free for use photo by Lisa Ferdinando.

Mercer to participate in White House vaccine challenge

Micah Johnston, Managing Editor June 17, 2021

Mercer officially joined the COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge last Thursday, according to the university. The school will participate in the program at the request of the White House and the U.S...

Students not required to receive COVID-19 vaccine, unvaccinated to be tested weekly

Students not required to receive COVID-19 vaccine, unvaccinated to be tested weekly

Mary Helene Hall, Editor-in-Chief June 10, 2021

Students and faculty will not be required to have their COVID-19 vaccines for the fall semester, according to an email Thursday from university President Bill Underwood. Vaccinated students and...

Lucia Gutierrez wears a mask in the University Center.

Masks off, Mercer: Masks no longer required once fully vaccinated

Mary Helene Hall, Editor-in-Chief May 21, 2021

Mercer will no longer require students, faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated to wear masks on any of its campuses, according to an email from the university Monday. The updated guidance is a stark...

The Cluster announced that Mary Helene Hall (right) will serve as its Editor in Chief and Micah Johnston (left) as its Managing Editor for the 2021-2022 school year. Photo provided by Mary Helene Hall

The Cluster announces new editor-in-chief and managing editor

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief May 20, 2021

The Cluster has appointed Mary Helene Hall as its Editor-in-Chief and Micah Johnston as its Managing Editor for the 2021-2022 school year. Mercer University’s faculty-led Media Board appoints The...

Image provided by Dean Yusuf

TEDx coming to Mercer University’s campus with first event set for Friday

Henry Keating, Student Government Correspondent April 21, 2021

Mercer University will be hosting its own set of TED Talks this spring in order to showcase student research and education in all colleges and fields through the TEDx program. Shruti Jha, executive...

Mercer Police is located on the edge of campus on Winship Street. Archived photo by Jenna Eason

UPDATED: Athletic facilities go on lockdown as law enforcement investigates threatening email

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief April 21, 2021

Law enforcement is investigating "a threatening email" sent to Mercer University Athletic Department staff, according to an email from Senior Assistant Vice President for Marketing Communications Rick...

Jacob Just-Buddy studies with his poetry textbook at Barnes & Noble.

Mercer students face challenges accessing textbooks

Dean Yusuf, Staff Writer April 21, 2021

As the spring semester comes to an end, prospective and returning Mercer students have already started to think about the costs for the upcoming term. One major expense some Mercerians have begun to consider...

Junior Ebonye Smith was named Mercer's first Black Goldwater Scholar. Photo provided by Ebonye Smith

Student makes history as first Black Goldwater Scholar at Mercer 

Nadia Pressley, News Editor April 20, 2021

Ever since grade school, junior Ebonye Smith knew she wanted to pursue engineering. Now, Smith is a 2021 Recipient of the Goldwater Scholarship. Smith was one of 410 college students in the country...

Two students high five on the shoulders of friends while listening to the Jesse McCartney act during Bearstock on April 17, 2021.

PHOTO GALLERY: Bearstock 2021 features Jesse McCartney

Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor April 19, 2021
Mercer University's annual Bearstock took place April 17 on Cruz Plaza. The outdoor event, which was free and open to all Mercer students, featured headliner Jesse McCartney.
Rylan Allen (top right) is running for SGA President with vice presidential candidate Natalie Yaeger (top left). Ashton Bearden (bottom right) is running for SGA President with vice presidential candidate Caleb Mills (bottom left). Photos provided by the Allen/Yaeger and Bearden/Mills campaigns.

SGA Presidential Debate: A guide to candidates’ responses

Micah Johnston, Sports Editor March 29, 2021

Note: SGA Vice Presidential Candidate Natalie Yaeger is employed by The Cluster as the Lead Lifestyle & Opinion Writer. This does not contribute to or impact our coverage of her relating to the race. As...

Sports Editor Micah Johnston (left) was named the Outstanding Junior in Journalism and Nadia Pressley (right) was named the Outstanding Senior in Journalism at Honors Convocation March 26. Photo provided by Nadia Pressley

The Cluster’s News and Sports Editors earn university journalism awards

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief March 27, 2021

Members of The Cluster staff won departmental and university awards at Mercer University’s annual Honors Convocation Friday, including two journalism honors. News Editor Nadia Pressley was named the...

Presidential candidates Ashton Bearden and Rylan Allen and vice presidential candidates Kaleb Mills and Natalie Yeager participate in the SGA debate moderated by Mary Helene Hall.

SGA Presidential debate features student questions, in-depth discussion

Micah Johnston, Sports Editor March 26, 2021
Mercer’s Student Government Association held its 2021 Presidential Debate in the Connell Student Center Wednesday night at 7 p.m. The event featured discussions between presidential candidates Rylan Allen and Ashton Bearden and vice presidential candidates Natalie Yeager and Caleb Mills.
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