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Oakland’s first lady, Matilda Dodge Wilson

Ana Gjorgjevski, Features Reporter November 15, 2023

Matilda Dodge Wilson was born in Walkerton, Canada, in 1883 and became one of the most influential women of 20th-century America. Wilson is best known for her contributions to the founding of Oakland University...

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Happy Birthday, Mrs. Wilson — Matilda Dodge Wilson’s birthday celebrations

Chloe Kukuk, Campus Editor November 15, 2023

In Oakland University’s first years, few traditions were more extravagant and involved than Matilda Dodge Wilson’s annual birthday parties hosted on campus on or around Oct. 19. Although Wilson...

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The Space Race, college rivalries and the pioneer spirit — The creation of OU

Chloe Kukuk, Campus Editor November 15, 2023

Oakland University was not always Oakland University. One of the younger universities in the state, OU began as Michigan State University-Oakland (MSU-O), a sister school to MSU. The establishment...

OU’s first graduating class celebrates its 60th class reunion

OU’s first graduating class celebrates its 60th class reunion

Payton Bucki, Content Editor October 4, 2023

From Sept. 28 to 29, members of Oakland University’s first graduating class gathered on campus grounds to celebrate their 60th class reunion. The Charter Class members were invited to take part in numerous...

Richard Wilson, son of Matilda Dodge Wilson, died in March 2022 at 93.

Richard Wilson dies at 93, reflecting on Dodge Wilson family

Joe Zerilli, Campus Editor April 13, 2022

As first reported on Meadow Brook Hall’s website, Richard Wilson — son of Matilda Dodge Wilson and Alfred G. Wilson — died in February 2022. Richard was the last direct heir to Matilda and the last...

The OU Equestrian Team is hosting a cornhole tournament to raise funds and awareness.

OU equestrians to raise team awareness through cornhole fundraiser

Sierra Okoniewski, Features Reporter October 13, 2021

The Oakland University Equestrian Team is galloping into harvest season with a cornhole tournament on Saturday, Oct. 16 to raise funds and awareness for their organization. The event is open to the...

Oakland University Associate Professor of English & Creative Writing Annette Gilson.

Letter to the editor: OU administration falling short of Matilda Dodge Wilson’s vision

Annette Gilson, Contributor August 23, 2021

I’m writing to address the troubling issues facing OU. I’ve been teaching here in the Department of English since 1999. For 22 years, I’ve had the privilege of learning with talented and inspiring...

Daniel Dodge met an untimely death after his honeymoon. What lead to his demise is still questioned by many.

Uncovering the truth behind Daniel Dodge’s death over 80 years ago

Sierra Okoniewski, Features Reporter April 14, 2021

It's been 82 years since the unexpected death of 21-year-old aristocrat Daniel Dodge, but much of the case continues to remain a mystery. The young man drowned during his Manitoulin Island honeymoon,...

Sunset Terrace was built in a mid-century modern style, incorporating many curves and circles into the design. The home was originally meant to be a retirement home for Matilda Dodge Wilson and her husband Alfred G. Wilson.

Settling in at Sunset Terrace: The home of presidents

Emily Morris, Managing Editor February 17, 2021

If walls could talk, Oakland University’s Sunset Terrace — the retirement of OU founder Matilda Dodge Wilson and her husband Alfred G. Wilson — could tell countless stories of cutting-edge architecture...

The Meadow Brook Mansion is a national historic landmark so the gardens, architecture and layout have been left largely unchanged.

The haunting of Meadow Brook Mansion

Emily Morris, Managing Editor October 21, 2020

The haunting of Meadow Brook Mansion isn’t a suspense-filled series but a stately manor teetering on the edge of Oakland University campus. Built nearly a century ago from 1926 and 1929, the mansion...

This is a projection of what Wilson Hall is expected to look like after renovation. The project is expected to finish in 2022.

Wilson Hall renovations underway

Emily Morris, Managing Editor September 23, 2020

Beginning this month, Wilson Hall will have its first complete renovation since establishment in 1965. Wilson Hall is rooted in Oakland University’s history — the buildings namesake is university founder,...

What can OU do for yOU series: Meadow Brook Hall

What can OU do for yOU series: Meadow Brook Hall

Nicole Fontana January 31, 2016

Meadow Brook Hall was nominated for Best Historic Home tour by USA Today last year.Placing fifth on the USA Today top 10 historical home tours by readers of USA Today and 10Best, Meadow Brook Hall still...

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