College In Maryland Eliminates Textbooks, Saves Students Thousands


By Kellie Dietrich Features Editor This article was originally published in Issue 1, Fiftieth Year of The Minstrel (September 9, 2015). Click here to view the entire issue. Flash back to when you were in high school and remember the sweet joy of getting your textbooks at the beginning of each year, for free. You most likely took it for granted back then: free books, free … [Read more...]

A Taste of Musikfest’s Deep-Fried Treats


By Lauren Trumbull Layout Editor It’s August, and for people living in the Lehigh Valley, August means Musikfest. Musikfest is Pennsylvania’s very own Coachella (minus an audience full of celebrities and elaborate flower crowns on every head) which this year ran from August 6 to August 16. Local and famous bands and artists come to perform live shows throughout the day and … [Read more...]

Recent Anti-Smoking Campaigns Lack Connection to Reality

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By Jaci Wendel In 2000, approximately 23 percent of teens in the U.S. smoked cigarettes. Today, that same rate has plummeted to only 8 percent. Partial credit for the decreased rates goes to anti-smoking campaigns that effectively show the consequences of smoking without being preachy or unrealistic. But for every good ad campaign, there’s at least one that makes itself look … [Read more...]

Turf Fields Ready for 2015-16 School Year

DSU Turf

By Lauren Trumbull Layout Editor As summer is too quickly coming to a close, students old and new are beginning to scramble up dorm belongings and fill backpacks with sharpened pencils and unopened notebooks. In just two short weeks, students will be stuffing their cars and making the familiar drive back up Preston Lane to reach our quaint and beautiful campus. However, … [Read more...]

Rock Out Under the Sun with These Hot Summer Songs

Florence + Machine

By Kellie Dietrich Features Editor You’re driving in your car with the windows down and Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” comes on… so overplayed. You arrive at your local ice cream shop and it’s none other than Swift’s “Bad Blood” playing through the speakers. Although it may seem like Swift is dominating the airwaves everywhere you go, do not fear -- new music for your … [Read more...]