Holocaust Imposter Dr. Joseph Hirt, Who Spoke at DeSales, Apologizes

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By Kellie Dietrich Editor-in-Chief This past April, Dr. Joseph Hirt spoke at DeSales claiming to have escaped Auschwitz as a Holocaust survivor. However, earlier this month, The Minstrel received a letter to the editor from history teacher Andrew Reid. He reached out to several media outlets that had covered Dr. Hirt's presentations and shared with us why Hirt's claims were … [Read more...]

From the Editor’s Desk: Adam’s Farewell

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The first encounter I ever had with The Minstrel was when I picked up an issue while visiting DeSales as a high school senior. One of the headlines on the front page, above the fold, merely read “Allergy Season.” “I often have a class or two each day where I probably sneeze around every 10-15 minutes and have to blow my nose after,” one student was quoted as saying. Truly … [Read more...]

From the Editor’s Desk: Introducing Kellie Dietrich

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By Kellie Dietrich Features Editor Hello. It’s me. Not the amazing Adele, but the (hopefully amazing) editor-in-chief of The Minstrel for the 2016-2017 academic year. I’m very excited and honored to accept the position. Even though writing is my passion now, I used to hate it in elementary school until my fifth-grade teacher taught us the five-paragraph essay. … [Read more...]

From The Editor’s Desk: Sacrifice and Service

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This weekend Catholics and other Christians will celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, beginning with his sacrifice on the cross on Good Friday. Christians believe that through His sacrifice on the cross, Christ took on the sins of the world and redeemed humanity. While our actions are minimal compared to Christ’s, we too are called to sacrifice for not just our … [Read more...]

From the Editor’s Desk: I’m Not Irish

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I am of Polish, Russian and Italian descent. I have no ancestors from Dublin or Cork. When you say Kilkenny, I think you’re quoting “South Park.” All of this is just as true on March 17 as it is any other day of the year. In short, I don’t subscribe to the notion that “everyone’s a little Irish” on St. Patrick’s Day. You may think I’m being needlessly harsh, like I’m a St. … [Read more...]