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Increased security, new cameras, police radios and more: how Mercer has improved campus safety since 2018

Increased security, new cameras, police radios and more: how Mercer has improved campus safety since 2018

Emily Rose Thorne, News Editor

March 11, 2019


Filed under Campus, City, Crime, News

The day after a Macon man fired six shots at a group of students and a recent graduate walking in Mercer Village in January 2018, University President Bill Underwood said that the school would increase its security measures. Underwood said in a statement following the shooting that “for the foreseeable fu...

Police Blotter: Car break-ins, theft by taking, sexual battery and more

Police Blotter: Car break-ins, theft by taking, sexual battery and more

Emily Rose Thorne, News Editor

March 2, 2019


Filed under Crime, News, Showcase

Mercer Police have responded to 16 crimes on Mercer’s campus so far in 2019, according to reports provided to The Cluster on Feb. 25. Car break-ins constituted the majority of crimes. Entering auto: Adams St. The first car break-in of 2019 occurred in the Adams St. parking lot Jan. 11. “I w...

Mercer student threatened with gun near Stadium Drive Bridge

Mercer student threatened with gun near Stadium Drive Bridge

Emily Rose Thorne and Katie Atkinson

September 24, 2018


Filed under Breaking, Crime, News, Showcase

An earlier version of this article mentioned an armed robbery.  This statement has since been corrected to reflect a robbery did not occur. This article has been updated to include information about the University’s policy on campus-wide alerts. A student reported being threatened with a gun n...

Her Story: Sexual assault victims raise concerns over reporting process

Her Story: Sexual assault victims raise concerns over reporting process

Katie Atkinson and Summer Perritt

April 12, 2018


Filed under Campus, Crime, News

TRIGGER WARNING This article or section, or pages it links to, contains information about sexual assault and/or violence which may be triggering to survivors.   Two victims of sexual assault on Mercer University’s campus have raised concerns over the way their cases were handled....

What happens if you’re a victim of crime on campus?

What happens if you’re a victim of crime on campus?

Jenna Eason, Editor-in-Chief

April 12, 2018


Filed under Campus, Crime, News, Showcase

TRIGGER WARNING This article or section, or pages it links to, contains information about sexual assault and/or violence which may be triggering to survivors. The number of rape reports on the Mercer University campus increased steadily from 2014 to 2016, according to the university’...

Suspect in Mercer Village shooting has been arrested

Suspect in Mercer Village shooting has been arrested

Summer Perritt, News Editor

January 25, 2018


Filed under Crime, News, Showcase

A suspect in the shooting that occured in Mercer Village two weeks ago has been arrested according to an email sent out by President Underwood Jan. 24. The suspect was arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and is believed to be connected to three murders, a robbery that occurred in Tatnall S...

Suspect on the loose after Armed Robbery in Tattnall Square Park

Suspect on the loose after Armed Robbery in Tattnall Square Park

Sarah Pounds, Online Editor

January 14, 2018


Filed under Breaking, Crime, News, Showcase

According to Mercer’s emergency alert system, the Bibb Sheriff’s Office reported an armed robbery in Tatnall Square Park at approximately 12:49 P.M. on Jan. 14. The suspect is a black male estimated to be between 5’8 and 5’10. He was last seen wearing an orange and black jacket and running...

President Underwood offering 10,000 reward after shots fired at students in Mercer Village

President Underwood offering 10,000 reward after shots fired at students in Mercer Village

Summer Perritt and Katie Atkinson

January 11, 2018


Filed under Campus, Crime, News, Showcase

Mercer Police reported that gunshots were fired at students who were walking in the vicinity of Mercer Village on Jan. 10. Four students and a recent graduate were in the area when a man approached them and fired six shots. No one was harmed.   The shooter escaped, running towards the Huguenin Heights neighb...

Shots fired at students in Mercer Village

Shots fired at students in Mercer Village

Sarah Pounds, Online Editor

January 11, 2018


Filed under Breaking, Campus, Crime, News, Showcase

On Jan. 10, Mercer Police reported that six shots were fired at students in Mercer Village. The shooter escaped, running towards Linden Ave. Nobody was injured, according to an email from Mercer Police. In an email, President Underwood referred to the shooting as a "frightening and dangerous incident." He ...

Student reports being robbed at gunpoint at Garden Apartments

Student reports being robbed at gunpoint at Garden Apartments

Meagan Hurley, Staff Writer

November 29, 2016


Filed under Crime, News, Showcase

A Mercer student earlier this month was reportedly robbed at gunpoint at the Garden Apartments. According to crime reports obtained through Mercer Police, a student who was parked at the Garden Apartments on Nov. 12 was allegedly robbed at gunpoint by a black male as they were in the process of walk...

Male student arrested, charged with stalking female student

Male student arrested, charged with stalking female student

Meagan Hurley, Staff Writer

November 12, 2016


Filed under Crime, News, Showcase

A male Mercer University student was arrested and suspended last month after a female student reported he was stalking her, according to reports obtained from Mercer Police. The unnamed suspect was taken into custody on Oct. 22, after the victim contacted Mercer Police about receiving Instagram mes...

Seven vehicle break-ins reported on campus in September

Seven vehicle break-ins reported on campus in September

Meagan Hurley, Staff Writer

October 19, 2016


Filed under Crime, News

Seven separate vehicle break-ins were reported on Mercer University’s main campus during the month of September, according to reports obtained from Mercer Police. The incidents took place at various locations and parking areas across campus, including at the Lofts at Mercer Landing, Winship street...

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