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The official student newspaper of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire since 1923.

The Spectator

The official student newspaper of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire since 1923.

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Maggie OBrien

Maggie O'Brien, Freelance Writer

Maggie O'Brien is a second-year English-creative writing and English education student. This is her third semester on The Spectator. She adores many things but has a soft spot in her heart for calico critters, rain and books with cracked spines.

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Across the Pond visual made by Maggie O’Brien.

Across the Pond

Story by Maggie O'Brien, Freelance Writer
February 29, 2024
Across the Pond visual made by Maggie O’Brien.

[Photo] Across the Pond

Story by Ella Freeman, Freelance Writer
February 7, 2024
There is nothing Maggie O’Brien desires more than a challenging read and some mellow music.

Tastemakers

Story by Maggie O’Brien, Art & Life Editor
November 21, 2023
A glimpse of the setup for the fall pottery show.

Caradori Pottery celebrates 38 years with a fall show

Story by Maggie O'Brien, Freelance Writer
November 16, 2023
Book Club

Book Club

Story by Maggie O'Brien, Freelance Writer
November 1, 2023
Nostalgialistic

Nostalgialistic

Story by Maggie O'Brien, Freelance Writer
October 23, 2023
Book Club

Book Club

Story by Maggie O'Brien, Freelance Writer
October 16, 2023
A few of the books I’m engaging with in my conversation-focused English classes.

An ode to discussion-based classes

Story by Maggie O'Brien, Freelance Writer
October 11, 2023
Book Club

Book Club

Story by Maggie O'Brien, Freelance Writer
October 4, 2023
A still of Elliott Smith from “Heaven Adores You”

Cinephiles

Story by Maggie O'Brien, Freelance Writer
September 27, 2023
Book Club

Book Club

Story by Maggie O’Brien, Arts & Life Editor
September 19, 2023
Show mother earth grace every day.

Nature-deficit disorder in 2023

Story by Maggie O'Brien, Freelance Writer
May 8, 2023
The Chuck Everest Quartet performs quick and spunky jazz.

SHIFT hosts The Chuck Everest Quartet

Story by Maggie O'Brien, Freelance Writer
April 27, 2023
A poster with information about the 17th Annual International Poetry Reading

Multilingual poetry brings Eau Claire together

Story by Maggie O'Brien, Freelance Writer
April 19, 2023
Spectator Sing Along Power Hour

Spectator Sing Along Power Hour

Story by Maggie O'Brien, Freelance Writer
April 19, 2023
The GPS units used on the Spring GPS Hike

Beaver Creek Reserve hosts Spring GPS Hike

Story by Maggie O'Brien, Freelance Writer
April 12, 2023
Me holding my cherished MALKs.

Oatmilk sequel: MALK sent me free oat milk

Story by Maggie O'Brien, Freelance Writer
April 3, 2023
Spectator Sing Along Power Hour

Spectator Sing Along Power Hour

Story by Maggie O'Brien, Freelance Writer
March 7, 2023
A sincere, loving moment is shared between the March sisters and Marmee as she reads the girls a letter from their father.

Cinephiles

Story by Maggie O'Brien, Freelance Writer
March 7, 2023
Woodman’s market offers everything that I seek in a grocery store.

The understated joys of grocery shopping

Story by Maggie O'Brien, Freelance Writer
March 6, 2023
The band of brothers performing in the Ojibwe Ballroom.

The 502s bring groovy folk music to UW-Eau Claire

Story by Maggie O'Brien, Freelance Writer
February 22, 2023
An ode to oat milk

Ranking the five best oat milks

Story by Maggie O'Brien, Freelance Writer
February 20, 2023
Tyler Lustek (keys) performing joined by North Skager (drums) and Will DeBlaey (bass)

A night of jazz, art and wine with Tyler Lustek

Story by Maggie O'Brien, Freelance Writer
February 14, 2023
We pick three

We pick three

Story by Maggie O'Brien, Freelance Writer
February 14, 2023
Joy to the Word will take place at 7 p.m., in the Marilyn Schaefer Riverfront Hall at the Pablo Center. Tickets for the event are $10.

Sounds and Stories Series: Joy to the Word

Story by Maggie O'Brien, Freelance Writer
December 12, 2022
EC Eats

EC Eats

Story by Maggie O'Brien, Freelance Writer
December 12, 2022
Winter isn’t as cold when you’re with those you love

Winter is the “warmest” season

Story by Maggie O'Brien, Freelance Writer
November 25, 2022
Erdmann said buying a Santa Paw can seem like a very small thing, but spending $5 or $10 on a Santa Paw makes a world of difference for the animals and staff at the shelter.

Santa Paws Kickoff 2022

Story by Maggie O'Brien, Freelance Writer
November 21, 2022
The cover of the upcoming issue of Barstow & Grand

Barstow & Grand release party for issue No. 6

Story by Maggie O'Brien, Freelance Writer
November 14, 2022
 a movie poster displaying the beautifully flawed lead, Lady Bird

Cinephiles

Story by Maggie O'Brien, Freelance Writer
November 9, 2022
A glimpse of a vendor’s merchandise.

Banbury Place October market

Story by Maggie O'Brien, Freelance Writer
November 1, 2022
Comeau’s favorite extraterrestrial baby

Starseeds and ET’s

Story by Maggie O'Brien, Freelance Writer
October 31, 2022
Customers browsing the selection at Token Jewelry.

Token Jewelry anniversary event

Story by Maggie O'Brien, Freelance Writer
October 25, 2022
A display advertising the Chippewa valley book festival in the McIntyre Library

Chippewa valley book festival 2022

Story by Maggie O'Brien, Freelance Writer
October 18, 2022
The analog planetarium that was made in the mid 1960’s.

Planetarium shows open to the public

Story by Maggie O'Brien, Freelance Writer
October 18, 2022
Vendors set up outside The Broom and Crow

The Broom and Crow hosts the Harvest Magical Market

Story by Maggie O'Brien, Freelance Writer
October 10, 2022
Flyers for NOTA in centennial hall

New NOTA issue

Story by Maggie O'Brien, Freelance Writer
October 10, 2022
UW-Eau Claire fights opioid related deaths with the installation of Narcan kits

Narcan kits installed across campus at UW-Eau Claire

Story by Maggie O'Brien, Freelance Writer
September 19, 2022
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