The Observer

O’Keeffe: The pushes and pulls of Greek Week

Heather O'Keeffe

April 15, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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 and most anticipated weeks of the year. The week fosters bonds between members, forms chapter-to-chap...

A more winter-friendly landscape

A more winter-friendly landscape

Heather O'Keeffe and Natalie Worden

March 25, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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 and straightforward solution to this is to plant more coniferous trees around campus. This will...

O’Keeffe: Keep it green while you travel

O’Keeffe: Keep it green while you travel

Heather O'Keeffe

March 18, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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, the vacation lifestyle quickly racks up environmental costs. Taking trips is fun, basking in the...

O’Keeffe: Is youth wasted on the young?

O’Keeffe: Is youth wasted on the young?

Heather O'Keeffe

February 26, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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 and the finite characteristic of time. While I’ve always responded by rolling my eyes, it’s...

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

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

Heather O'Keeffe

February 12, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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 on the black experience in America and what it means to celebrate black culture that white...

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

Heather O'Keeffe

January 29, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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 speech was inspiring in a myriad of ways. While Stevenson focused on his experiences and causes,...

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

Heather O’Keeffe

January 22, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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 I’m shoving textbooks aside to edit my resumé. I’m simultaneously wishing I could fast forward...

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

Heather O'Keeffe

December 4, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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. The very presence of education within the declaration speaks volumes: education is a fundamental...

O’Keeffe: Respect party time

Heather O'Keeffe

October 30, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

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 early due to a GRM or the police. Except this party, more like a get together of 20 friends, was...

Heather O’Keeffe: Up in the club

Heather O’Keeffe

October 2, 2015


Filed under Uncategorized

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 new world of opportunity unfolds. In the words of Beyoncé, “[you’re] a grown woman, [you]...

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