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OU celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1984 with a hot air balloon festival.

Looking Back: OU celebrates 25th anniversary

Bridget Janis, Managing Editor February 23, 2022

Oakland University offers a lot of fun and unique activities for students to enjoy, they also know how to throw big milestone celebrations.  Back in 1984, OU celebrated the university's 25th anniversary...

Snowy days have surely had their fair share on OUs campus.

Looking Back: Diving into OU’s past snow days

Bridget Janis and Lauren Reid February 9, 2022

Snow days can truly make you feel like a kid again. Even in college, students will flush an ice cube down the toilet or wear their pajamas backwards. On Wednesday Feb. 2, 2021, Oakland University declared...

An Oakland Post article regarding ASL from Nov. 29, 2000.

Looking Back: ASL’s rocky road to recognition at OU

Tori Coker, Content Editor November 17, 2021

The study of American Sign Language (ASL) has been a part of OU’s communication department since the late 1970’s. Following the approachment of department founder Donald Hildum by the parent of a Deaf...

Regis Philbin (pictured here) hosted Who Wants to be a Millionaire? circa 2000.

Looking Back: OU student goes on ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’

Bridget Janis, Managing Editor October 6, 2021

College is a time to meet new people, learn new things and go broke in the process. Every college student wishes they could skip the whole thing and become a millionaire. On Aug. 27, 2000, Greg Hummel,...

Looking Back: Oakland Universitys glow up

Looking Back: Oakland University’s glow up

Bridget Janis, Managing Editor September 22, 2021

To be independent is something everyone strives for in life. It’s what an after break up glow up is all about. When Oakland University decided to break up with Michigan state and started undergoing the...

The World Trade Center towers burn after being hit by two planes on September 11, 2001.

Looking Back: Post covers 9/11, paper tigers no more

Tanner Trafelet, Contributor September 15, 2021

On May 28, 1998, Osama Bin Laden conducted an interview with the ABC’s John Miller and his interpreter. In this interview Bin Laden asserted that the United States (U.S.) was a “paper tiger” due...

The cover of the February 2, 1962 issue of The Oakland Observer, the former name of OUs student newspaper.

Looking back: February 1962 communism was OU’s hot-button issue

Tanner Trafelet, Contributor September 1, 2021

It is Feb. 3, 1962 in Rochester, Michigan. United States (U.S.) president John F. Kennedy has issued an executive order announcing a trade embargo on Cuba — a result of deteriorating relations stemming...

Students line up to receive flu vaccines at the Graham Health Center’s Fluapalooza event. The first 50 vaccines were free.

Looking Back: 2005 H5N1, 2014 Ebola caused panic comparable to 2020’s COVID-19

Lauren Karmo, Managing Editor March 12, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the world today, Oakland University has faced different epidemics threatening the health and wellbeing of students and faculty with the annual flu, the H5N1...

This photo ran in the Feb. 17, 1993, issue of the Oakland Post with the caption: The pigeons living on top of Dodge Hall may soon cease to exist if orders go through to feed the birds poisoned corn.

Looking Back: The plight of the pigeons

Cheyanne Kramer, Web Editor November 9, 2016

The year 1993 was a terrifying year for bird lovers at Oakland University. An estimated 100 birds made their home on the roof of Dodge Hall, to the dismay of professors spending their days there. “It’s...

Looking Back: The curious case of G. Rasul Chaudhry

Looking Back: The curious case of G. Rasul Chaudhry

Cheyanne Kramer, Web Editor October 25, 2016

According to, in 1992, AIDS-related illnesses became the leading cause of death in men ages 25-44. By 1993, these illnesses were the leading cause of death in all Americans in the same age range. Oakland...

Looking Back: The murder of Tina Biggar

Looking Back: The murder of Tina Biggar

Cheyanne Kramer, Web Editor October 18, 2016

On Sept. 13, 1995, The Oakland Post ran the following description of a missing student: "Tina Biggar is 5-foot-7, weighs 145 pounds and has blonde hair and brown eyes. She wears glasses or contact lenses....

Looking Back: Birth of the bear

Looking Back: Birth of the bear

Cheyanne Kramer, Web Editor October 4, 2016

2017 marks Oakland University’s 20th anniversary as part of NCAA Division I athletics. With that move, OU athletics was changed forever. Construction began on OU’s first athletic facility — the...

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