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Commanders in brief

Caley Anderson

February 20, 2014

Facts from the White House Barack Obama is our 44th president, but the U.S. has actually only had 43 presidents - Cleveland was elected for two nonconsecutive terms and is counted twice, as our 22nd and 24th president. Nine presidents never attended college: Washington, Jackson, Van Buren, Taylor, ...

Bear Essentials: Alternative ways to pay for college

Braeden Orr

February 20, 2014

As any college student will tell you, getting a higher education is expensive. Scholarships help, but sometimes they are not enough to fund your education. Never fear, because there are several alternative ways to pay for college. Sell Your Roommate’s Stuff on eBay Roommate has not used that stereo...

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Anya Silver, poet

Caitlin Glasscock

February 20, 2014

Dr. Anya Silver is most recognized by her teaching position in Mercer’s English department, which she has held since 2000. However, Silver not only teaches literature and poetry, she writes her own. Silver has known she wanted to teach English since she was in kindergarten, and she has been writing...

Mercer Couples

February 20, 2014

Raymond Ko & Shirlie Yiu Raymond is a junior, Shirlie is a freshman. How did you two meet? Raymond: We actually met in the UC. Shirlie: During Bear Fair. What do you do on dates? Shirlie: We usually eat dinner and watch a movie Raymond: We usually walk around the park everyday. Last weekend, we ate dinner and saw “Frozen” to...

Homemade in the Microwave

Allis Yang

February 20, 2014

Our favorite desserts, such as cookies or brownies, can be found almost anywhere. However, many common dessert options tend to be processed and mass produced. It is difficult to access good quality desserts unless they are homemade. Unfortunately, not everyone has the time to bake a batch of cookies...

A machine for new limbs

Taylor Smith

February 20, 2014

A new machine is arriving Mercer’s School of Engineering this week - one that will play an important role in more than just education. Called a Material Testing System, an MTS is a machine that allows engineers to test many of the structural properties of different materials. Examples of these properties...

'Hopposites' attract: Beer and Bears

Amanda Barrentine

February 20, 2014

The Mercer University biology department has recently partnered with Macon Beer Company for research. Though the research has just recently begun, Thomas Harbin, the student working on the project, already is making progress. Harbin, a junior here at Mercer, is a biology major and chemistry minor. He is working with Dr. Kevin Drace ...

‘Art Matters’ updates public art directory

Amber Coleman

February 20, 2014

The face of public art is changing for the Macon-Bibb County area. The Macon Arts Alliance has started a program called “Art Matters,” which is a journalism partnership between the Macon Arts Alliance and Mercer University’s Center for Collaborative Journalism, where students can work as journali...

College Hill challenges students’ entrepenuerial spirit

Rachel Paul

February 20, 2014

The Next Big Idea Entrepreneurship Competition allows college students in middle Georgia to compete for monetary prizes up to $10,000. Semifinals and finalist competitions will commence on March 10 and April 5, respectively. The entrepreneurship competition hosted by College Hill Alliance and sponsored...

Loaves & Fishes Ministry fundraises for the homeless

Taylor Smith

February 20, 2014

The second Saturday of February saw the highlighting of an important issue in the Macon community—homelessness. According to, experts estimate there are over 500 homeless people in the Macon-Bibb County, many of which suffer from addictions. Local community members belonging to ...

Pop-up boutique offers First Friday shopping

February 20, 2014

Small business owners selling products from women’s denim to necklaces made from wine corks gathered at the Blacksmith Shop on Poplar St. for a First Friday treat. Hosted by Main Street Macon, the second “Flaunt: A First Friday Pop-up Boutique” was held Feb. 7 with doors opening at 5:00 p.m. and ...

Organization Spotlight: Common Ground

Taylor Smith

February 9, 2014

Mercer University has a long-standing reputation of being a community of respect and acceptance. Students at Mercer are encouraged to be themselves without fear of judgment or backlash. One organization in which Mercer students can be open about who they are is Common Ground, Mercer’s on-campus gay-straight alliance ...

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