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Kennedy Rayford is a sophomore studying psychology on the pre-med track. Photo provided by Kennedy Rayford.

Mercer Artist: Kennedy Rayford and the art of love

Ivy Marie Clarke, Arts & Culture Editor April 19, 2021
For Mercer sophomore Kennedy Rayford, “art is something that comes from you that you’re proud of,” and, in Rayford’s case, she’s creating a lot of art.
OPINION: Mercer has no place for an openly homophobic fraternity

OPINION: Mercer has no place for an openly homophobic fraternity

Sarah Moore, Staff Writer April 14, 2021
On the surface, there seems to be nothing wrong with allowing BYX into Mercer’s Interfraternity Council (IFC). According to their purpose, BYX exists to “establis[h] brotherhood and unity among college men based on the common bond of Jesus Christ.” However, a cursory Google search of the organization quickly reveals the reason Mercer cannot allow BYX to charter a chapter on our campus: the fraternity has a long history of openly discriminating against the LGBTQ+ community. 
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.
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.
Mercer football bus catches fire in South Carolina

Mercer football bus catches fire in South Carolina

Nadia Pressley and Mary Helene Hall March 14, 2021
One of Mercer’s football buses caught fire outside of a Golden Corral in Columbia, South Carolina, Friday.
Sanaa Yusef and Nayahna Gordon hanging out on Cruz Plaza on Feb. 21.

OPINION: College students aren’t getting enough breaks without a formal spring break

Mandi DeLong, Campus Life Correspondent March 9, 2021
Back in 2017, the National College Health Assessment released a report that said over 50% of students experienced above average or tremendous stress. That was before anyone had even thought about COVID-19, pandemics or quarantines, so it really isn’t surprising to realize that the amount of stress that students are under has skyrocketed.
Should student-athletes be paid?

Should student-athletes be paid?

Keith Holmes Jr., Staff Writer March 3, 2021
On Jan. 19, American sportscaster and radio host Dan Partick aired information from one of his sources. 
Finding inspiration after losing it

Finding inspiration after losing it

Lidya Dereje, Contributing Writer March 3, 2021
How can we find inspiration in a world that seems to exhibit no sort of stability? Here are six ways in which you can find inspiration after losing it.
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.
You can show off your new artistic skills by creating wearable items like this crocheted sweater.

Coronavirus crafting: Artistic hobbies to pick up with the new year

Sarah Moore, Contributing Writer February 1, 2021
Whether you’ve been knitting since you were a kid or you don’t know the difference between macramé and macaroni, artistic hobbies are a great outlet for stress. With the popularity of video platforms like YouTube and TikTok, it’s never been easier to start crafting. After a trip to Michaels and a quick YouTube search, you’ll be ready to start any of these fun, easy and inexpensive artistic hobbies from the comfort of your dorm.
Students can receive virtual counseling from CAPS.

CAPS addresses new mental health needs due to COVID-19

Lars Lonnroth, Staff Writer February 1, 2021
About a fifth of students visiting Mercer’s Office of Counseling and Psychological Services have sought counseling specifically because of the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on their life, data kept by CAPS shows, underscoring the additional mental health challenges COVID-19 has caused at colleges across the nation. 
Senior Jadon Murad gives opening remarks at Middle Ground, hosted Monday Jan. 18 by Mobilize Mercer and Real Talk.

Mercer community gathers to reach a ‘middle ground’

Nadia Pressley, Lifestyle & Opinion Editor January 27, 2021
Mobilize Mercer and Real Talk came together to organize Middle Ground, a “deliberative dialogue” for the Mercer community to take a deep look into what they feel following the demonstration at the Capitol. The event was held Jan. 18 in Willingham Auditorium. Masks and social distancing guidelines were enforced. 
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