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With classes back in session, Netflix binging has gone from being a full-time job to merely a hobby. Even with a new load of work, you might need a suggestion for a new show to get hooked on. Here are my top 10 shows to watch for when you can’t take one more second of that textbook.
This show follows the Behavior Analysis Unit of the FBI around the country as they solve crimes by diving into the minds of serial killers, terrorists and, in some cases, each other. The easiness of falling in love with every character and the truths revealed about the human mind put this show in my number one spot.
2) “The Night Shift”
The mixture of suspense, drama and action places “The Night Shift” at number two. This show throws you into the lives of ER doctors and nurses. The show addresses topics from fatal illnesses, addictions and post-traumatic stress disorder. The writers create a good balance between drama and medicine that makes the show more than just a topic about which characters are dating, which is why it knocks “Grey’s Anatomy” right off the list.
3) “The Crown”
The Netflix original reenacts the life of Queen Elizabeth II starting shortly before her coronation. The series shows the trials, pain and journey of the royal family that the world did not know before. The intrigue of getting to know the characters’ lives and the excellent acting by the cast places this Golden Globes winner at number three.
“Merlin” follows the stories of the wizard Merlin and Prince Arthur in the days of Camelot. The show tells stories of magic and adventure as well as humor and loyalty. The BBC original is completed with five seasons that will make you laugh, cry and wish for a land where magic is real. This places “Merlin” at number four.
5) “Good Witch”
The Hallmark original is a spin-off of the Hallmark movie “The Good Witch”. The show tells the story of widow Cassie Nightingale years after the original film was made. Cassie Nightingale still has the Grey House and her small town store where she uses her gifts to help people. The simplicity and the heartwarming effects of this show put it as number five on my list.
This CW show follows the lives of the Winchester brothers across the United States as they investigate supernatural events. From fighting ghosts and werewolves to demons and angels, these brothers see and face the monsters from our worst nightmares. The show is more than just fights and gore, however, as the Winchesters learn to face the truth of their childhood and accept the only future that is out there for them. This tale of selfless fighting for others places this show in my number six spot.
7) “The Flash”
The CW show is based off of the DC comic “The Flash”. The show starts with the Flash’s origin of how he obtained his super speed abilities and continues with other metahumans he must face to protect Central City. This show overlaps with two other shows that did not make it on my top 10, however. One cannot be watched without the others. “Arrow” and “Legends of Tomorrow” are good shows but lack the same balance of family, justice and trials that places “The Flash” at number seven.
This classic show had a 10 season run, but still shows on television regularly. The show follows the lives of six friends living in New York City as they face the ups and downs of life. The combination of humor, drama and good acting puts this show at number eight.
9) “How to Get Away with Murder”
The ABC original gives way to suspense, mystery and love life drama. The constant back and forth of the past and present leaves viewers trying to figure the mystery themselves. The show follows law students and their professor trying criminal cases as they try to hide the evidence of murder. The pure suspense of not knowing who is innocent and who is guilty places this show at number nine of the list.
10) “Once Upon a Time”
This show takes the classic fairy tales that we were raised on and twists them to tell a whole new story. This ABC original tells of the trial and struggles faced as the fairy tale characters are brought to our world by a curse. The curse, of course, can only be broken by true love. The familiarity of the fairy tales mixed with new origin stories and new battles gives this show the final spot in my top 10.
If you’ve already seen these shows and still need something new to watch, here’s a list of good shows that didn’t quite make the cut. There’s the Netflix originals “Fuller House”, “13 Reasons Why” and “A Series of Unfortunate Events”. These shows are good but are not quite far enough along in the series to make it to the list. Other good shows include “Arrow”, “Quantico”, “Agents of Shield” and “Hawaii Five-O”.
I’m also aware of a few shows that have a large fan base. These shows didn’t make it on my list simply because I haven’t seen them yet. Still feel free to check these few shows out: “Riverdale”, “Stranger Things” and “Orange is the New Black”.
Macon has changed since students left campus in May. A few local restaurants have closed their doors while others have now made Macon their home.
A restaurant known for its burgers has opened a location in Macon. The new Cookout is located on Eisenhower Parkway.
Cookout offers meals for about $5. The menu is mostly hamburgers and chicken strips, but also has single items such as hotdogs or a sweet tea for 99 cents according to Cookout’s website.
The restaurant opened in May.
Freddy’s Frozen Custard opened its second location in the Middle Georgia area this summer. The new restaurant is at 6239 Zebulon Road in the Plantation Village shopping center.
The restaurant serves a variety of foods such as hotdogs, steakburgers, shoestring fries, and their signature frozen custard according to their website.
The new location has both a dine-in option as well as a drive-thru, according to Freddy’s Frozen Custard’s website.
Ginger Stir-fry and Grill closed its doors for renovations in late 2016. After months of hints on their Facebook page about what to expect, Ginger’s opened back up in mid-May 2017.
“The renovation maintain our famous build-your-own-plate tradition, except now we’re structured to provide a much more comfortable sit down environment for any group; large or small,” said the Marketing Director for Hotplates, Ponch Chantha.
At Ginger’s customers can choose what ingredients they want to add to their stir-fry. They also added dumplings to their menu, and they give away a free beverage with the order of an entree according to their Facebook hints.
Ginger’s is open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Monday through Saturday.
Buca Di Beppo closed its doors this summer. The Italian restaurant was located in North Macon in the Shoppes at River Crossing shopping center.
The restaurant is currently under construction to become a Mediterranean chain restaurant.
A restaurant on Tom Hill Sr. Boulevard also closed during the summer. Steak n’ Shake closed in early June due to unknown reasons, according to The Telegraph.
The restaurant was originally thought to be temporarily closed for renovations, but has since been removed as a location on the Steak n’ Shake website.
Customers were greeted by a “Sorry Closed” sign on the doors of the business.
Housing might be changing for the 2018-2019 year.
Mercer’s LGBTQ-straight alliance organization Common Ground has proposed a housing plan that will give a wing or floor of a building to the LGBTQ community and their allies.
“I think it’s much needed. It gives LGBTQ people a safe environment to live in,” junior Alisabeth Graham said.
The housing would be a way to raise awareness of the LGBTQ presence on Mercer’s campus said vice president of Common Ground James Stair.
Stair also said that the LGBTQ community has no intention of trying to separate themselves from other students, but rather the housing opportunity would give LGBTQ students a chance to educate others about their community.
“It’s more just to serve as a safer form of housing for people who might not feel as safe if they were to have a random room assignment,” he said.
Common Ground would help the LGBTQ housing community to host events that anyone on the Mercer campus could attend.
“It’s a way to kind of bring everybody together and kind of gain a better understanding about the community,” Stair said.
The planning for the housing is still in its early stages.
An official proposal has not been submitted yet to Housing and Residence Life, according to Director of Housing Jeff Takac.
Some students support the housing idea.
“I mean, I don’t see how it would hurt anyone, so why not?” sophomore Ryan Bsckowski said.
If implemented, Mercer would be one of the four colleges and universities in Georgia to have LGBTQ housing, according to the Campus Pride website.
However, this approach would set itself apart from those types of housing. Stair said that the housing would be similar to a “live and learn community,” which is offered for any group of people who have shared interests ranging from music to religion.
“I am very hopeful that it will go far, and that it will get approved,” Stair said.
Mercer freshman Jessie Lewis is raising money to publish a children’s book about understanding children with behavior disabilities.
Lewis’ book is entitled “Spunktacular and Special School Supplies.” The story is about a pair of scissors that wants to have fun like the crayons with art, but can't because all scissors do is destroy. Red Hot Scissors ends up creating a piece of art loved by all of the crayons.
The scenario of the book gives students a way to connect to the story through art. Red Hot Scissors represents students with behavior disabilities and the crayons represent the other students. “The text [shows] how art is a positive way of expression for all these students,” Lewis said.
“I want these other students to realize that they're just like you,” Lewis said. “They just have a little bit more emotion.”[related title="Related Stories" stories="20947" align="right" background="on" border="none" shadow="off"]
Lewis said she hopes her book will help kids communicate with those who have behavior disabilities.
Lewis’ inspiration for her book came from a little boy she worked with who had a behavior disability.
“And it just breaks my heart,” Lewis said. “No one knows how much he's struggling.” The child would scream if Lewis was a minute late or would wear a red shirt, said Lewis.
She said she felt as if there was no one to understand these types of students. She hopes her book will help raise awareness for all students that children with behavior disabilities aren't that different, Lewis said.
“I wanted to write this book to really help all students with behavior disabilities,” Lewis said.
Lewis set up a GoFundMe page in order to help her reach $5,000 to publish 1,000 copies of her book.
“I think it’s so amazing that Jessie is able to make a difference in the lives of these children just by educating others on what we can do to help,” said Shannon Tho, a friend of Lewis.
Lewis plans on donating one book to nearly every elementary school in Georgia. She also plans on giving the child who inspired the story a copy of the book. Lewis eventually plans on selling copies of her books.
She plans on using the profits from the books she sells to publish and donate more books to elementary schools.
To donate to the Go Fund Me page, go to www.gofundme.com/special-needs-childrens-book.
“I want to be able to provide something to help all students,” Lewis said.
MerServe hosted a service day Jan. 16 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. The day began with a group of students serving breakfast at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church and ended with the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial March.
Students gathered together on their day off from classes in hopes of continuing Dr. King’s dream for equality and unity.
“I headed up this event to bring students together for a common cause,” said student Markell Jackson.
Jackson said the breakfast gave students the opportunity to show others kindness through service. Both the breakfast and the march provided students with a chance to be a part of more than just the college campus. It allowed them to be a part of the Macon community, he said.
Mercerians used their common interests of equality to unite with Macon residents.
“I wanted to show that we care about civil rights,” said sophomore Alexis Albert.
Albert also said that there is still work to be done in the Macon community when it comes to equality.
Mercer University decided to integrate its campus in 1963, according to Macon’s NAACP branch. The integration occurred the same year Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have A Dream” speech. The march allowed for people to honor this era.
Freshman Brianna Levin decided to join the march to show support for her community. “[The event gave] the community a sense of unity,” Levin said.
Participants sang and shouted together in celebration as they marched passed Mercer. Students from MerServe joined in with the crowd, blending in with fellow Macon residents.
“[MerServe] is about encouraging others,” Jackson said. “This event gives students that opportunity.”
MerServe also provides other opportunities for students to get involved with the Macon community such as the Adulting 101 Workshop Series over taxes on Jan. 27.
MerServe also has Service Saturdays throughout the semester. On March 4-8, during spring break, MerServe will have service opportunities in the Macon community for students who would like to participate.
Mercer’s choice to serve others helps to bring together Mercer and Macon in order to make them a unified community.
“Today's about standing together,” Albert said.