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O’Keeffe: The pushes and pulls of Greek Week

Heather O'Keeffe April 15, 2016

I love Greek Week. As a retired three-sport high school athlete, I miss the regular competition of yesteryear. The healthy competition that Greek Week is structured upon makes it one of my favorite...

A more winter-friendly landscape

A more winter-friendly landscape

Heather O'Keeffe and Natalie Worden March 25, 2016

During the winter months, our campus looks like a desolate wasteland filled with brown, dead-looking deciduous trees and plants. This is super depressing and we need to do something about it. The obvious...

Recycling and garbage cans at the Tinkham Veale University Center. Decisions made concerning the enviroment can be made in more places and more often than generally thought.

O’Keeffe: Keep it green while you travel

Heather O'Keeffe March 18, 2016

While eating my way south of the Mason-Dixon Line on spring break, I couldn’t help but realize the waste and excess traveling incurs. Between linens, fuel, Styrofoam to-go cups and soda bottles,...

Spring Break is coming up on Mar. 5. The week off is a great chance for students to expierence things outside their comfort zone.

O’Keeffe: Is youth wasted on the young?

Heather O'Keeffe February 26, 2016

My dad likes to facetiously exclaim, “Youth is wasted on the young.” It’s a clever statement that claims youths take for granted their health, opportunities, energy, vibrancy, lack of responsibilities...

Beyoncé in American Idol in 2002.

O’Keeffe: Learn from “Formation,” listen to Beyoncé’s wisdom on race

Heather O'Keeffe February 12, 2016

About a week ago, Beyoncé dropped “Formation” and the internet exploded with praise, critique, celebration, pushback and analyses. The music video, its imagery and lyrics are a treasure trove of information...

O’Keeffe: Students seeking justice promotion must follow Stevenson’s words closely

Heather O'Keeffe January 29, 2016

Last week Bryan Stevenson, lawyer and executive director of the Equal Justice Institute, delivered a stirring speech for MLK Convocation. At times funny, others teary eyed and always powerful, Stevenson’s...

O’Keeffe: It’s time to salute my bucket list

Heather O’Keeffe January 22, 2016

As a second semester senior my attention, focus, motivation and feelings are all over the place. One minute I’m diligently studying to reach my cumulative GPA goal I set as a wee freshman and the next...

O’Keeffe: Education is a right, not a privelege

Heather O'Keeffe December 4, 2015

Following World War II, the United Nations compiled The Universal Declaration of Human Rights to create universal protection of fundamental human rights. Article 26 of this declaration regards education....

O’Keeffe: Respect party time

Heather O'Keeffe October 30, 2015

To those who report parties, I have a few choice words for you. I went to a party in the Village the other night. It was busted. Which isn’t that big of a deal, since most parties are called quits...

Heather O’Keeffe: Up in the club

Heather O’Keeffe October 2, 2015

Turning 21 is an energizing feeling: you’re finally an “actual” adult that can do adult things and go adult places. When the clock strikes midnight, the government grants you independence and a whole...

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