NEWS: Oakland University students affected by Norovirus

By Lauren Barthold | @bylaurenb



Oakland University’s Graham Health Center (GHC) expects Norovirus cases to grow in the upcoming days.

The university says 13 students have reported symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramping since Wednesday. GHC Director and Nurse Practitioner Nancy Jansen explains what they’re doing for students:

The Oakland County Department of Health and Human Services describes Norovirus as, “an illness caused by a group of viruses that cause gastroenteritis.” They say the illness is “highly-contagious” and “most commonly spread from person to person by hand-to-hand contact and surfaces contaminated with feces and vomit.”

Jansen also says they have not linked this uptick to food contamination:

A campus-wide email states, “Oakland University has implemented increased infection prevention controls including providing additional cleaning and disinfection to high touch surfaces around campus.”

Sick students are encouraged to self-report at

INTERVIEW: LGBT advocate Ash Beckham to speak at Oakland University

By Lauren Barthold | @bylaurenb


Ash Beckham brings her “Give Voice to Your Truth” talk to the Oakland University Oakland Center tonight.


The speaker has shared her words through the TEDx talk “Coming Out of Your Closet,” as well as her Boulder Ignite Speech “I am SO GAY.” Now, she’s sharing those words with Oakland University students. Beckham says her message is simple:

She shares the struggle growing up that made her who she is today:

Beckham explains what she would tell her 20-year-old self:

Catch the talk at 7pm in the Oakland Center Banquet Rooms.

Jerry of Ben & Jerry’s to visit Oakland University

By Lauren Barthold | @bylaurenb


Ben & Jerry’s Homeade, Inc. Co-founder Jerry Greenfield will bring “an evening of entrepreneurial spirit, social responsibility and radical business philosophy” to Meadow Brook Theatre on Tuesday, March 24th.


Greenfield’s presentation will deliver a rousing tribute to America’s entrepreneurial spirit, full of anecdotes and radical business philosophy. It will also address the great sense of fun that is the company’s hallmark, illustrated with the serving of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for the entire audience.

Free tickets are available starting Monday, March 2nd at the Center for Student Activities ticket window.

Communication and Journalism Career Panel

Join Iota Eta, Oakland University’s chapter of the National Communication Association Honor Society, for a Communication and Journalism Alumni Career Panel.


Hear from Oakland University communication and journalism graduates, including our very own Faculty Adviser Marty Shafer, who are working in various careers about their path to success.

WHEN: Friday, February 13th 12-1pm

WHERE: Lake Superior B

The event is free and open to all students. Contact Professor Erin Meyers at with any questions.