Fran O’Brien ’65 was never particularly political. Slight and a little shy, O’Brien wanted to be a teacher, spending her days with children. She wasn’t one to demonstrate on a street corner or shout at a rally. But in the upheaval of the early 1960s, O’Brien found an unexpected passion
Undergraduate students at Pacific University each are required to take courses that fulfill a civic engagement credit. This winter, students lined up for one such class.
On Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, I was leaving my office at 6 p.m.and met one of my colleagues from the Pacific University College of Health Professions, who asked me if I have heard of the Paris attacks.
Breanne McGhee was looking forward to a local high school football game when Hurricane Katrina changed her plans. Then 15 and junior in high school, she was disappointed when the game was canceled, but not especially concerned. “In New Orleans, nobody leaves the city,” she said. “We have hurricane parties.”