Articles by Ciara O'Brien

The performance was conducted on the pop-up stage (Syd Hinnant / McDaniel Free Press).

McDaniel Theatre performs “Spoon River Anthology”

On Sept. 25th and 26th, McDaniel College Theatre performed “Spoon River Anthology” live on the hill near the gazebo. This performance of Spoon River Anthology features a musical adaptation by Charles Aidman and was based on Edgar Lee Masters’ collection of free-form poems.   The play…


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President Casey announces his retirement

On Sept. 24, President Roger Casey announced that he will be retiring as the ninth president of McDaniel College in June 2021. Casey noted that many factors play into this…



An overflowing trash can located outside Rouzer Hall (Shannon Musolf / McDaniel Free Press).

The Plastic Pandemic

Amidst a time of uncertainty and fear due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, environmental awareness has taken a back seat. While focusing on our human contact, possible symptoms, and social…


The writer's dad in his turnout coat on the 19th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.  He was working that day in the city with FDNY. (Photo Courtesy of Peter Cornell)

Fighting the fires of 9/11

Two weeks ago, Friday Sept. 11th marked the nineteenth anniversary of the horrible terrorist attacks on the United States of America. I sat down with Bernie Cornell, a retired member of…



Amanda Blankenship with her dog Chewy, a GRREAT rescue (photo courtesy of Thomas Chenowth Jr)

Golden Retrievers are GRREAT

Throughout the country, there are many non-profit organizations to be a part of. Notable ones such as NPR, American Red Cross, and the Human Rights Watch, all strive for one…




A portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by artist Daniel Calderon, Latex on Canvas (Photo courtesy of Flickr/ user Todd)

A tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Last week, we mourned the loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was known to many as a champion of women’s rights, and she delivered progressive votes on…







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From the archives: Snow days

A lot has changed at McDaniel over the years, but certain things will always remain the same: slipping down the steep steps that give the Hill its name. Here are…