Laura Ruth Keating

Writer, Thinker, Dreamer

Location icon United States of America

Journalism student and aspiring human rights activist with a conviction to serve others. After graduation in May, I hope to work in communications for a nonprofit organization focusing on poverty alleviation. I care about the important things.


Published Work

Kuwaiti students unable to assimilate into Marietta

Hawraa Kamal, a Marietta College student from Kuwait, walked downtown Sept. 7, 2012, during her first month in America. An unfamiliar car pulled up beside her, and a man stepped out and began walking toward her. Without saying a word, he held up a cross, letting it linger inches from her face.

The Marcolian
Students hear about prison reform from "Orange Is the New Black" author

Seventeen Marietta College students clambered into the packed auditorium of the University of Akron on Oct. 14 to hear from Piper Kerman, former prison inmate and writer of the memoir "Orange Is the New Black." The trip was part of a program sponsored by the Office of Civic Engagement to encourage student dialogue on prison reform.

The Marcolian
Muslim students share Islamic beliefs with free roses

Students of the Islamic faith stood outside Gilman dining hall Thursday, eagerly giving away free roses to the rest of campus for one simple reason: "We want to show that Islam is a religion of peace," freshman Hawraa Kamal said.

The Marcolian
Parkhurst "on the right path" to local food sourcing

The average American meal travels about 1,500 miles to get from farm to plate, increasing carbon dioxide emissions, consuming precious fossil fuels, and keeping income from family farms. Marietta College dining officials claim students can help reverse these effects simply by choosing to eat on campus.

The Olio
Iraq War veteran gets a charge out of annual Soldier Ride

The Wounded Warrior Project is a nonprofit organization that provides support services for injured veterans that served post 9/11. The Soldier Ride, according to its website, is a four-day event for "wounded warriors to use to overcome physical, mental or emotional wounds."

The Olio
Survivor of the Rwandan genocide to give Founders Day address

As a National University of Rwanda student in 1994, Immaculee Ilibagiza spent 91 days starving and scared in a crowded bathroom taking refuge from the Rwandan genocide. From there, it's hard to imagine that her survival story would lead her to become one of the world's leading speakers on faith and forgiveness.

The Anchor News
Restaurant extends weekend hours for area college students

MARIETTA - After a month-long test run, Michael "Moon" Mullen, founder of Over the Moon Pub & Pizza on Front Street, has decided to permanently establish new late-night hours for the restaurant. It will now stay open until 2:30 a.m. on Saturday nights.

Marietta, The Magazine of Marietta College (Fall 2013)

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Class Work

Advanced Writing and Reporting
Poverty cycle in West Virginia continues

PARKERSBURG, W. Va. - The state's suffering economy shows no signs of improvement as generational poverty continues to ravage West Virginia families.

Advanced Writing and Reporting
Country's attitude on same-sex marriage shifts

MARIETTA, Ohio - The Supreme Court's review of Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act this week made it clear that the political debate over same-sex marriage is becoming increasingly one-sided.

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