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Mercer Student Newspaper Wins Georgia College Press Association Awards

February 9, 2010

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Mark Vanderhoek
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ATHENS – Mercer’s student newspaper, The Cluster, recently won several awards at the Georgia College Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest, including first place awards in the categories “Best Campus Community Service - Sports” and “Improvement.” The awards were announced at the association’s Better Newspaper Conference, which was held Feb. 5-6 in Athens.

“I couldn't be prouder of the student staff of The Cluster — the paper competed against much larger papers with much bigger budgets and still placed in nearly every category entered,” said Lee Greenway, adviser to The Cluster. “The staff members have consistently impressed me with their professionalism and enthusiasm for delivering a quality newspaper, and it's terrific to know that those outside of the Mercer community are equally impressed. The student journalists of The Cluster have invested a huge amount of time and energy into bringing the campus the important stories, and the professionals at the association obviously recognize that hard work.” 

The Cluster competed in Division A, the category for four-year colleges and universities with more than 8,000 students, and the competition included such publications as Georgia Tech’s Technique and Georgia Southern University’s George-Anne Daily. In addition to the two first place awards, The Cluster placed second in “Best Campus Community Service – Features” and “Layout and Design,” and third in “General Excellence.”

About Mercer University
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University enrolls more than 8,000 students in 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies – on major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah and at three regional academic centers across the state. Mercer is affiliated with two teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah and the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and has educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. The University operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer is the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit

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