Dear West Chester,

We did it—one more week until spring break! I know I’m personally counting down the days until I fly out of Philly and head down to New Orleans for some much-needed escape from my academics. Especially as a senior who is about to graduate, I can confirm: senioritis is a very real condition; millions suffer silently every year.

Anyways, onto a more serious note, I’d like to give a huge shout-out to two very talented writers who snagged a couple 2018 Student Keystone Press Awards on behalf of The Quad: Gabe Sagherian for first place in the review category with his article “How did I find this album here” and Samantha Mineroff (our former editor-in-chief) for second place in the review category with her article “13 reasons why not.” I am so proud of the journalism that’s been happening this year at The Quad, so to have two exceptional pieces recognized by the Keystone Press Awards is especially exciting!

This week I’d also like to highlight Daedalus, West Chester University’s literary magazine. Now in its 46th year here on campus, Daedalus has provided a home for students’ creative works in the form of a neat little literary publication put out at the end of each academic year. This is celebrated with a reading, around the end of April or beginning of May, inviting those whose works were selected to share their talents with their peers. The staff has extended submissions to this Friday, March 9, so if you fancy yourself a creative writer, photographer, etc., you can still send your submissions to for a chance to be published.

And of course, I can’t end my letter without a shameless self-promotion: The Quad is still on the search for students who are interested in starting up podcasts. We were very fortunate last semester in that we acquired some brand new recording equipment, so help us put it to good use and come podcast with The Quad! Inquiries can be sent to our multimedia editor, Sunny, at

As midterms are (hopefully) wrapping up this week, I wish you all the best of luck! Enjoy the break—may it find you some place sunny and warm, certainly unlike West Chester this past weekend.

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