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...]

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...]

While Planned Parenthood and TV Host Devalue Life, Thousands Defend It

A pro-life protest at Planned Parenthood in St. Paul, Minn. in 2012. Photo courtesy of Flickr:

In a radio interview to publicize her forthcoming television panel show, “If Katie Hopkins Ruled the World,” which premieres Thursday in the United Kingdom, Katie Hopkins was asked what she would do if she, in fact, ruled the world. “We just have far too many old people,” Hopkins offered out of nowhere. “It’s ridiculous to be living in a country where we can put dogs to … [Read more...]

Anxiety on the Rise on College Campuses

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By Lauren Trumbull Layout Editor A recent study done by the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State found that anxiety has topped depression as the most widespread mental illness on college campuses. A survey done by the American College Health Association found that about one in six college students have been treated for or diagnosed with anxiety in the past … [Read more...]

Charlie Charlie, are you real? Responses from science and spirituality

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By Jaci Wendel   With almost three weeks having passed since the last day of the semester, you’re probably starting to feel the summer boredom start to creep in. Why not spice up your life by summoning a demon? That’s how lots of people on all forms of social media – most notably Vine and Twitter – are spending their time with the recently popular “Charlie Charlie … [Read more...]