Liam O'Connor


Articles

Honoring service and sacrifice

 Joining the military is a noble way to serve the nation. While one may disagree with the political reasons behind various wars, a soldier's primary duty is — as mentioned in the oath of enlistment — to, "support and defend the Constitution of the United States." They risk their lives to protect the document that secures our freedoms and democratic government. For this reason, the University should help more of the veterans who have protected our rights. 


Prepare for the worst

At a recent Goldman Sachs information session, I asked the recruiter, "In the event that I join the firm shortly before a recession, what are the chances that I will keep my job?"


Sobriety saves lives

The underage drinking law isn't perfect. It could use some simple reforms, like the reduction of punishments in favor of treatment. But it has saved lives. A lower drinking age has deadly consequences for young Americans.


Challenge by choice

  At the beginning of each year, Outdoor Action encourages freshmen to, "choose to be challenged." It means that students should actively seek out difficult situations that push them outside of their comfort zone.  Now, I'm asking that all students choose to challenge themselves in the upcoming academic year. A liberal arts education is meant to expose students to bold new ideas. Take advantage of it. 


A disaster waiting to happen

The only way to provide equal opportunity for low-income Americans is to adopt an identity-blind meritocracy where society fights the causes of poverty. Feel-good policies like affirmative action don’t work.


Affirmative action's inconvenient history

During the 1960 presidential campaign, Republican Vice Presidential candidate Henry Cabot Lodge stated that a black man would be appointed to the cabinet if his running mate, Richard M.


A new deal

Young adults exploit their newfound freedom when they leave their parents and go to college. They experiment in new activities that are normally discouraged by their elders.


The sober truth

On February 2, Timothy Piazza — a sophomore at Pennsylvania State University — went to the "pledge night" of the fraternity Beta Theta Pi.


Pragmatic prevention of sexual assault

We live in a reality where sexual assault is caused by a rape culture and also significantly magnified by alcohol. They are not mutually exclusive. By failing to directly address alcohol's role, we are doing a disservice to ourselves and the college community.


Check your drinking privilege

The U.S.public feels that the nation’s business and political elites are held to a different standard of the law than the “common man” is. When it comes to underage drinking laws at the country’s top universities, the public is right and has reason to be outraged. There’s a peculiar double standard in how drinking laws are enforced on college campuses. My friends who attend state schools talk about police raids on fraternity parties, large arrests, and regular patrols to confiscate alcohol from underage students.