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Campus worship organizations adjust to pandemic reality 

Mercer's Baptist Collegiate Ministries chapter meets in Newton Chapel Thursdays at 8 p.m.
November 10, 2020
At a time when large gatherings must be held carefully, religious groups have had to change the way they hold worship. 

Mercer students start club basketball team amid COVID-19 

Mercer University Club Basketball President Kevin Kinnard kneels on the sideline during the final 3 on 3 drill of the day's practice Nov. 6.
November 9, 2020
Mercer University junior Kevin Kinnard was always passionate about basketball growing up, and he wanted to carry that passion with him to Mercer. COVID-19 hasn’t kept him from expressing that passion in the form of Mercer’s Club Basketball team.

The financial cost of COVID-19: How Mercer is navigating a financially uncertain world

Signage in the Connell Student Center informs patrons about university safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
November 9, 2020
Mercer University, like many institutions of higher learning, was poised for a financial hit in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Mercer largely evaded an economic crisis. Here's how the administration pulled it off.

Study abroad office grapples with changing restrictions, pandemic

Lisa Fortin, a study abroad ambassador for Mercer’s study abroad office, poses for a picture under the “Study Abroad” sign in Ryals Hall in February.
November 8, 2020
As the pandemic sent schools into virtual learning and Mercer’s partner universities overseas sent their international students home, Mercer’s study abroad office had a logistical challenge on their plates.

Mercer cancels spring break, plans ahead for new semester amid pandemic

Mercer University canceled its spring break, which was set to take place midway through the spring 2021 semester, to discourage travel to and from campus during the coronavirus pandemic.
November 7, 2020
Mercer University canceled its spring break, which was set to take place midway through the spring 2021 semester. The Macon undergraduate campus will observe four midweek breaks throughout the semester.

Pandemic Diaries: A day in the COVID-19 life of a Mercer football operations intern

Pandemic Diaries: A day in the COVID-19 life of a Mercer football operations intern
October 28, 2020

After having worked as a student operations intern for Mercer Football since 2017, senior sports marketing and analytics major John-Allen Stone developed expectations for what his senior season would look...

Mercer reports 10 new COVID-19 cases

Mercer reports 10 new COVID-19 cases
October 17, 2020
Mercer University announced 10 new cases of COVID-19 across its campuses in its weekly testing summary posted Friday.

OPINION: Homecoming during a pandemic isn’t worth it 

OPINION: Homecoming during a pandemic isn’t worth it 
October 9, 2020
I am getting tired of “making the best of things” this year. Everything that happens this year is shrouded with the disappointment of what could’ve been, and Homecoming is no exception. 

Waltzing around the pandemic: Mercer Ballroom Dance Club introduces COVID-19 safety protocols

Members of the Mercer Ballroom Dance Club practice a new dance with ample space between them and their partners due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting occurred Monday, Sept. 28 and was the club's first in-person meeting since Mercer went online in the spring.
October 9, 2020
After a few weeks of meetings, the club cautiously redirected to an in-person format in late September. The shift followed discussions concerning safety protocols between club leadership and multiple university officials. 

BREAKING: Eleven Mercer students, one faculty member test positive for COVID-19

BREAKING: Eleven Mercer students, one faculty member test positive for COVID-19
October 9, 2020
Mercer University announced 12 new cases of the novel coronavirus between its Macon and Atlanta campuses.

Capturing moments amidst COVID-19: How photographers are working during a pandemic

Photo provided by Ashley Conlon
October 7, 2020
Like countless other things, photography has had to adapt to a COVID-19 world. In adapting their craft, photographers around Mercer demonstrated creativity and growth.

Mercer enrolls 951 new undergrad students amid pandemic

Friends play a card game in the freshman dorm Legacy Hall.
October 7, 2020
Mercer University enrolled 951 new residential undergraduate students this year, even amid a pandemic that threatened college admissions nationwide.
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