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A professor’s sudden absence vexes college but not students

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  Mercer professor Dr. Renee Walker appears to have stopped teaching her classes several weeks into the fall semester. Although the online catalog indicates she is teaching a regular course load for Fall 2012, her students say they have not seen her in weeks and that substitutes are now covering her classes. “She didn’t give…

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New policy a temporary measure to stop deportation of undocumented citizens

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Massah Keita, a Criminal Justice major at Mercer, knows she was born in Liberia, but can’t remember how old she was when she moved to the United States. Today, she is a citizen. Keita’s cousins however, who also arrived in the United States as children, are now fighting to stay because they are undocumented. “It’s…

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Smoking to be banned at Mercer starting in January

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According to the newest form of the Smoke-Free Campus policy, starting on January 1, 2013, students will not be allowed to smoke on any “campus grounds or property.” This will include, “but is not limited to, parking lots, athletic fields, playgrounds, tennis courts, and any other outdoor area under the control of the college.” Students,…

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Professor Jamal Eric Watson resigns following probe into his credentials and criminal record

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Written by: Laura Pollack and Noelle Gilman Mercer President, Dr. Patricia Donohue, confirmed for The VOICE on May 1, 2012 that English Prof. Jamal Eric Watson had tendered his resignation effective the day grades must be submitted, May 18. When asked if Watson is to be paid for his summer classes that he will no…

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BULLDOZING FARMS ISN’T “GREEN” – an open letter to the the community

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Submitted by Richard Campbell (’00) You will soon hear a lot of self-congratulatory remarks from your administration about the solar facility it intends to build on campus. Dr. Donohue will wear a fake construction hat for a groundbreaking photo with a shiny shovel.  She’ll tell reporters how “green” the college is and how it is…

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Jamal Eric Watson the hardest working professor at Mercer?

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Written by: Noelle Gilman and Laura Pollack  Prof. Jamal Eric Watson, who teaches full-time in Mercer’s English Department, was also an instructor at five other colleges on campuses located as far as 80 miles apart, in the fall 2011 semester. In all, his course load totaled 17 classes, the equivalent of simultaneously teaching full-time at…

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