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OUs integrative studies major offers students a customizable plan of study.

A deeper look at OU’s integrative studies major

Sierra Okoniewski, Features Reporter May 18, 2022

Oakland University’s bachelor of integrative studies (BIS) program is propelling students to live with a vision. The major allows students to build their degree from scratch, while fortifying their knowledge...

The GSC has welcomed Blake Bonkowski as their new coordinator.

Introducing new Gender and Sexuality Center coordinator Blake Bonkowski

Arianna Heyman, Features Editor May 18, 2022

The Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC) is under new leadership. Blake Bonkowski has joined the team as the new coordinator and is excited to enact change on campus by supporting and advocating for LGBTQ+...

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Twin Peaks opens near OU, campus opinions differ

Sierra Okoniewski, Features Reporter May 18, 2022

It’s too soon to tell if the newly opened sports bar near Oakland University will prove to be a slippery slope. Twin Peaks offers its diners top-notch food and “scenic views” — but the restaurant...

Gabrielle Abdelmessih is the editor-in-chief of The Oakland Post for the 2022-2023 academic year. She is a senior majoring in biomedical sciences and minoring in journalism.

Meet Gabrielle Abdelmessih, The Post’s new editor-in-chief

Arianna Heyman, Features Editor May 5, 2022

With a wide breadth of experience and an aspiration to serve her community, Gabrielle Abdelmessih is gearing up to lead the Oakland Post team as editor-in-chief for the 2022-2023 academic year. Abdelmessih...

Ryan Mathews and his wife, Amanda.

People of OU: English teacher and Detroit Lions blogger Ryan Mathews

Matthew Scheidel, Sports Editor April 13, 2022

Most people are happy to be successful at one job, but Ryan Mathews is lucky enough to be successful at two. Many know Mathews as the senior editor for Pride of Detroit, a Detroit Lions blog for SB...

French language and literature and creative writing double major, Malaena Caldwell.

People of OU: Organizational powerhouse Malaena Caldwell

Sarah Gudenau, Features Editor April 13, 2022

When Malaena Caldwell’s study abroad trip was cut short due to COVID-19, she never expected that setback to help her find a new passion.  Caldwell is a senior at Oakland University preparing for...

Sidney Rayba speaks about her time on the OU softball team, her auditions for The Voice and her focus on mental health.

People of OU: Former OU softball player and mental health advocate Sidney Rayba

Payton Bucki, Campus Reporter April 13, 2022

As the semester draws to a close, Oakland University senior Sidney Rayba encourages students to follow their passions and take care of their mental health. As a former college softball player and talented...

The Well-Being Suite at the Rec Center.

The Green Bandana Project and coping with pandemic-related stress

Chloe Kukuk, Contributor April 13, 2022

In February 2020, Greg Jordan, director of University Recreation and Well-Being at Oakland University, noticed a post from the University of Wisconsin-Madison's social media. They were promoting something...

Austin completing his schoolwork.

Pandemic learning: reflection from a mother with a son on the Autism Spectrum

Autumn Okuszka, Contributor April 13, 2022

Roberta J. Okuszka, 53, remembers the first day of virtual learning vividly. Waking up at 7:30 a.m., making her son breakfast and helping him to get ready to reconnect with the outside world via Zoom....

A student group taking External PR is orchestrating a campaign to showcase the Rec Centers offerings, and help students feel comfortable.

OU PR class promoting “Healthy Starts Here” campaign

Olivia Chiappelli, Arts Reporter April 13, 2022

Oakland University’s External Public Relations (PR) class is promoting the campaign “Healthy Starts Here” to inform students of all the fitness and wellness opportunities the Recreation Center (Rec)...

Rockim Williamson is a musician and frontman of the band, Confidence.

People of OU: Musical artist and band frontman Rockim Williamson

Alexander Gustanski, Senior Reporter April 13, 2022

Rockim Williamson is the frontman of Confidence, an R&B and rap group comprised of Oakland University students. Through his art, he wants to bring people together — which he believes is the purpose...

Dance majors performed at their senior recital on April 5 and 6.

Seniors shine one last time at final dance recital

Arianna Heyman, Features Editor April 13, 2022

Four years of hard work paid off for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) dance majors this past week. On April 5 and 6, the seniors in the dance program at Oakland University performed their senior recital...

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