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Dean Douglas Pearson congratulates SGA President and Vice President Elects Rylan Allen and Natalie Yaeger.

BREAKING: Rylan Allen and Natalie Yaeger win SGA election

Mary Helene Hall, Managing Editor March 30, 2021
SGA announced the result in the Connell Student Center lobby Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Election Marshall Jake McCarthy and current SGA President Savannah Lackey rolled out a banner with the results: 623 votes for Allen/Yeager and 411 for Bearden/Mills.
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...

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.
Graphic provided by SGA

SGA to host first presidential debate since 2018, The Cluster to moderate

Henry Keating and Mary Helene Hall March 22, 2021
Mercer University’s Student Government Association will host a debate for student body presidential candidates. The Cluster's managing editor, Mary Helene Hall, will moderate.
Graphic provided by SGA

SGA updates voting system ahead of spring elections

Henry Keating, Student Government Correspondent February 11, 2021
In its first meeting of the spring semester Jan. 25, the Mercer Student Government Association addressed student concerns, including issues students raised about class elections.
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Five freshman senators elected to Student Government Association

Mandi DeLong, Contributing Writer October 9, 2020
Mercer’s freshman class of 2024 elected their class senators to the Student Government Association this past month.
Students visit Jesse Mercer's gravesite during 2019's Pilgrimage to Penfield.

Pilgrimage to Penfield to stay on campus

Henry Keating, Contributing Writer September 22, 2020

Every fall, first-year students load onto charter buses and make the “Pilgrimage to Penfield,” where students go to the site of Mercer’s founding. This year, however, new students will be attending...

With fall semester approaching, SGA survey finds many students on the fence 

With fall semester approaching, SGA survey finds many students on the fence 

Lars Lonnroth, News Editor August 8, 2020
A survey conducted by the Student Government Association indicates that 70% of students think a hybrid reopening model — offering a blend or a choice of in-person and virtual instruction — is the best choice for the upcoming Fall 2020 semester.
Savannah Lackey and Ashton Bearden will serve as the 2020-2021 SGA President and Vice President. Photo provided by Savannah Lackey

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.
Graphic provided by SGA.

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.
Founders’ Day is planned for Feb. 5 in Willingham Hall at 10 a.m. Archived photo by Katie Atkinson

Federal Judge, member of Mercer’s third integrated class selected to be Founders’ Day speaker

Lars Lonnroth, Contributing Writer January 31, 2020
Sands attended Mercer for both his undergraduate and legal degrees,, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1971 and from Mercer Law School in 1974. During his undergraduate experience, Sands studied political science and music.
Vice President and Dean of Students Doug Pearson speaks at the first SGA meeting of the 2019-2020 year.

SGA Fiscal Affairs Committee changes procedure for funding student organizations

Kylie Brown, Contributing Writer November 21, 2019
More discussions will happen behind closed doors in Fiscal Affairs Committee meetings and in executive member meetings that are not open to student attendance. 
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