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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...

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...

Rebecca Josephy is an assistant professor of French at OU.

People of OU: Professor Rebecca Josephy’s evolution in the classroom

Olivia Chiappelli, Arts Reporter March 30, 2022

Coming from the French education system and breaking the mold at Oakland University, Professor Rebecca Josephy approaches teaching with creativity and inclusivity at the forefront. While splitting her...

Streetwear designer Michael Sana with Detroit Pistons forward Isaiah Stewart.

People of OU: Streetwear fashion designer Michael Sana

Alexander Gustanski, Senior Reporter March 23, 2022

Creating high-quality clothing that generates real change is designer Michael Sana’s personal mission. In Jan 2021, Sana used his interests in sports, fashion and marketing to create Sana Detroit,...

OU alumnus Robert Snell was voted Journalist of the Year by the Society of Professional Journalists in 2014, 2018 and 2020.

People of OU: alumnus Robert Snell, watchdog journalist then and now

Arianna Heyman, Features Editor March 16, 2022

Since graduating from Oakland University in 1996, Robert Snell has made a name for himself as one of Detroit’s most respected journalists. Snell’s journey at OU began after a chance meeting at a journalism...

Local singer-songwriter and OU alumna Audrey Ray talks her blooming career in country music.

People of OU: Singer-songwriter Audrey Ray talks sound, style and performing

Lauren Reid, Content Editor March 9, 2022

Music has always been an instrumental (pun intended) part in local country singer-songwriter Audrey Ray’s life. Now, she’s performed all around Michigan, released songs of her own and is making a name...

Tony Dombrowski and Detroit Tigers baseball player Miguel Miggy Cabrera

People of OU: Podcast host and Detroit sports personality Tony Dombrowski

Joe Zerilli, Campus Editor February 23, 2022

In a world where Detroit sports aren’t necessarily doing amazing things, it can be hard to talk about them while staying positive. But Tony Dombrowski has created a community with which he constantly...

OU alumni, entrepreneur and Detroit sports personality Mike Sullivan (right) talking sports on WXYZ.

People of OU: Detroit sports personality, entrepreneur Mike Sullivan

Matthew Scheidel, Sports Editor February 2, 2022

There are busy bodies, there are busy bees and then there’s Mike Sullivan. Sullivan, simply known to some as “Sully,” is an Oakland University graduate, former executive producer for 97.1 The...

OU journalism alumna and former Post editor, Cayla Smith, talks overcoming obstacles and minority representation.

Former Post editor Cayla Smith talks representation, mental health and working in journalism

Lauren Reid, Content Editor February 2, 2022

Dreaming and goal setting are instrumental in Oakland University alumna Cayla Smith’s post graduation mindset. The Post’s former campus editor, Smith currently works as a Multimedia Journalist for...

Activist, writer and professor Shea Howell is preparing for her retirement from OU at the end of the winter semester.

People of OU: Professor Howell prepares for retirement

Arianna Heyman, Features Editor February 2, 2022

After a long and storied career at Oakland University, Professor Shea Howell is preparing for her forthcoming retirement at the end of the winter semester.  “I'm really enjoying the classes this...

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