The President’s Report: Welcome to OU

By Nick Walter

Hello Oakland!

It’s that time of year again. It’s cold, it’s rainy, summer is over, shorts are out, jeans are in. That’s the bad news. The good news is, it’s time to come back to OAKLAND! (Yes, I’m excited.) It’s going to be another amazing year here at OU. For those of you returning, welcome back! For our new freshmen, welcome to an unbelievable university as the newest Golden Grizzlies. I can’t wait to see what you do this year to make this your home as you start your college journey.

If this is your first time reading the Post, then you’ll not be familiar with this column, the President’s Report. My name is Nick Walter, and I’m honored to be your Student Body President, responsible for conveying your voice to the administration of OU and the larger community. This column was started as a way to let you know what we in Student Congress are working on. In this report, then, I’ll give a brief summary of what we’ve been doing since the end of last semester.

Preparation is the name of the game over the summer. We plan all of our events for the fall semester. These include, to name a very few: La Tomatina, which involves lots of tomato-hurling and glorious messiness; Rock 4 Rights, with 7 times as many events as in previous years; The Swag Campaign, which is basically a massive OU gear giveaway; Companion App, a new campus safety app; a health and wellness carnival; which means LOTS of free (healthy!) food (freshmen pro tip: there’s always free food around campus), and much, much more. All of these our impeccable Executive Board has spent the summer planning.

Aside from events, we’ve also been working on several initiatives to improve your OU experience. These include the It’s On Us campaign, a federal push to reduce campus sexual assault; a push to increase the size of the Oakland Center; and reforms to OU’s grading scale.

What’s up for fall? All these events, plus continued work on our initiatives (especially the grading scale; that is moving along splendidly and key figures from around administration and faculty are in support of the project!). If you have any questions, stop by our office in the basement of the OC, shoot me an email at [email protected], or hit us up on Facebook/Twitter. Until next month and next President’s Report, welcome to Oakland University and stay Golden Grizzlies!