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How game cancellations affect student athletes

Mercer women's tennis team huddles up before match against Florida Gulf Coast University Feb. 22. Photo by Michael Rich

Lauren Rich, Contributing Writer

April 13, 2020

We have spent years cultivating our talents and sacrificing sleep, social events and sometimes our sanity to get the opportunity to compete for a university as great as Mercer. Having one of those precious four years ripped away at a moment’s notice is a loss that is just unexplainable.

What does the coronavirus mean for the future of sports?

The student section cheers during the first home game of the season.

Jen Jones, Sports Editor

March 13, 2020

The virus not only affects everyday life but has also moved into the sports world, creating one of the most hectic seasons in sports history.

Goodbye Sauced! What’s next for this Mercer Village spot?

Lisa Williams, general manager of the pizzeria, stands at the new counter.

Conner Hendricks, Contributing Writer

January 30, 2020

The new restaurant will serve all of Sauced’s pizza recipes, but will likely have a more simplified menu.

Arena-housed sports betting in D.C. could spark conversations throughout U.S.

Arena-housed sports betting in D.C. could spark conversations throughout U.S.

Micah Johnston, Contributing Writer

October 27, 2019

A Washington D.C sports ownership company and a British betting firm are attempting to create a legal sports betting environment inside D.C’s Capital One Arena.

The ultimate Mercer home game survival guide

The ultimate Mercer home game survival guide

Jonathan Morey, Contributing Writer

October 14, 2019

There’s a dominant religion in the southern United States, and it’s not what you think. It’s college football. Saturdays are the most important Sabbath in the land from September to December, and no Saturdays are bigger than home games. Mercer’s campus truly comes to life whenever the Bear...

Opinion: It’s time to change the rules about paying college athletes

There’s already a booming industry centered around college athletics, and the only people not making huge profits off of said market are the athletes themselves.

Micah Johnston, Contributing Writer

September 10, 2019

College sports are making more money than ever before. So why aren’t college athletes paid?

Mercer announces new beer garden

Graphic courtesy of Yash Patel

Marianna Bacallao, Editor-in-Chief

August 14, 2019

Mercer University Athletics will be partnering with the Macon Beer Company to host a “bear” garden during football games. The garden will be located on Black Field, next to Five Star Stadium. 

The trainers behind the players

After pitching, Isabella Haswell uses blood flow restriction therapy to help with the muscle endurance for one of the players.

Jen Jones, Sports Editor

August 13, 2019

Mercer University has developed a master’s program that recruits trainers and takes on graduate assistants to keep athletes safe. The result is not only beneficial to the trainer, but it also keeps the athletes healthy on and off the field.

Men’s basketball falls to VMI on the road

Ethan Stair drives to the basket following a pump-fake to get past his defender in a Feb. 21 game at Hawkins Arena.

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

March 1, 2019

Mercer men’s basketball entered Thursday’s matchup with the Keydets of Virginia MIlitary Institute (9-20, 3-14 SoCon) riding a two game winning streak. All signs pointed to the Bears having finally found their rhythm and identity. Well, the Bears (11-18, 6-11 SoCon) didn’t look like the same t...

Bears hold on for 66-62 victory over Furman

Sophomore guard Shannon Titus drives to the basket against the Furman defense.

Christian Hartley, Sports Editor

February 28, 2019

Mercer women’s basketball vs Furman -- a matchup of the top two teams in the Southern Conference. Also, a potential preview of the 2019 SoCon Championship that will take place in just over a week. The Bears got out to a hot start by playing stifling defense and getting out in transition. They ...

Marshall scores 33-yard touchdown in final minute to defeat Furman 27-24

Redshirt sophomore defensive back Kam Lott (No. 20, right) secured the game-winning interception in Mercer's 27-24 win over Furman.

Hayes Rule, Social Media Editor

November 19, 2016

  Macon has been the location for film productions in the past. Add “Mercer versus Furman” to the list. Senior wide receiver Jordan Marshall caught a 33-yard game-winning touchdown Saturday with 0:31 remaining to lift Mercer (6-5, 4-4) over Furman (3-8, 3-5) 27-24 in the team’s final o...

Hoffman: Communication is ‘paramount’ in developing chemistry with new players

Demetre Rivers squares up against his Western Carolina defender. He's one of eight returning players this season.

Hayes Rule, Social Media Editor

November 11, 2016

  Mercer basketball has the same amount of new players as returning athletes from last season. After finishing 19-15 last year, the Bears welcome eight fresh faces to the hardcourt this season in the form of three freshmen, four transfers and one walk-on. The new-look team will not have long to beco...

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