NEWS: Oakland University Board of Trustees approves highest tuition increase in state

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7.07.15

Audio and photos by News Director, Erin Ben-Moche | @ebenmoche

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Above: President Hynd speaks about 8.48% increase in Undergrad Tuition this upcoming fall.

The Oakland University Board of Trustees approved an 8.48% increase in undergrad tuition Tuesday afternoon, following President Hynd’s proposal to meet the average of most universities in Michigan.

2015-2016 Oakland University tuition increases broken down.

2015-2016 Oakland University tuition increases broken down.

The meeting – held at 1:30pm in Elliott Hall on OU’s main campus – confirmed that OU students can expect to pay about $30 more per credit hour – exactly $971 per year – making yearly tuition close to $12,500.

The 8.48% breaks the tuition increase cap of 3.2%. Due to this, OU will be giving up $1.2 million of state aid, in exchange for a projected $12 million in revenue.

Four schools within the university – School of Business Administration, School of Engineering and Computer Science, School of Health Sciences, and School of Nursing – will see even higher increases, ranging from 10.7% to 13.9%.

Historically, OU has under-invested and under-funded its resources considering its two decade growth. Both Hynd and the board agreed it’s time for a change.

Hynd says that this is a propitious time at OU and plans to use the tuition raise to increase number of faculty, financial aid, and resident population on campus. He wants to increase grant support, development of undergrad and graduate programs at OU, and make the university recognized as a great institution nationwide. He also plans to help seniors by lowering their tuition costs in an effort to help them pay off their college debt faster.

All eight chair members agreed on this proposal. Chairman Mark Schlussel states “Unfortunately, we didn’t have a choice. If you want to maintain the quality of our resources we need to make the best balance between tuition and quality.” The state reimbursement OU receives is lower than any other University, and they want to use the money they are receiving from the state on other matters, thus increasing tuition to balance it out.

Hynd states they are raising the tuition cost for market rates and nothing else.

Chairman Richard Flynn was the first to comment after Hynd saying, “OU is busting at the seems and need to move forward in quality improvement.” Flynn agrees that OU is increasing their number of attendance and feels that the only way to accommodate to the students needs is to raise tuition costs so they can have the best resources and education.

New Student Body Vice President, Madison Kubinski says students who are applying to OU in the future will be taken aback by the 8.48% tuition increase. Kubinski says, “Students will be hesitant at first, but Oakland is still the most affordable, educational university benefiting four counties. The percentage is big, but is well put together.”

Students will see how it affects their school experience this coming fall.

Listen to President Hynd’s Proposal Here:

President Hynd Discusses Financial changes at Oakland University by Wxou on Mixcloud

NEWS: Pioneer Drive closes for serious accident investigation

5.14.15

By Erin Ben-Moche | @ebenmoche

Photos by Jackson Gilbert | The Oakland Post

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policeThursday night at 5:00pm, an accident occurred on the south side of Oakland University’s main campus.

Minutes following, an advisory came out alerting the entire campus with this statement:

“Pioneer Drive is closed on the south side of campus due to a serious traffic accident. All campus commuters are advised to avoid the area until at least 8 p.m. this evening.”

Oakland University’s Director of Media Relations, Brian Bierley told WXOU that a 4-door sedan hit a man on Oakland University’s Pioneer Drive. Bierley says that the male jogger is not yet identified and has been transported to a local hospital for evaluation.

Bierley also says the driver of the sedan is a white male OU student and did stop at the scene to talk to police.

88.3FM WXOU Radio will continue to give updates as new information becomes available.

 

 

 

 

NEWS: OU board discusses uses for Sunset Terrace

By Erin Ben-Moche | @ebenmoche

5.06.15

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Oakland University’s Board of Trustee’s had their monthly meeting today as they met at Sunset Terrace. The meeting regarded future uses for the Sunset Terrace since President Hynd will not be using it as his house for the upcoming school year. Geoff Upward and Eric Barrit gave presentations explaining how the Sunset Terrace should be used.

Platforms for creating a Dodge museum, alumni center, and president house residence were all mentioned with historic backgrounds as well. TMP architects also gave their input on the structure of the old house that needs work to meet up to code.

Geoff Upward started the meeting with a brief history of the terrace and how it came to be. Upward talked about Dodge brothers John and Horace and how they bought Meadowbrook estates for vacation and business. When John died, Matilda bought and expanded land so she could build a residence home which came to be Sunset Terrace, 1,287 square feet of land.

Sunset Terrace is recognized as a historical landmark as well as recognition from National Park Services. Upward says that the owners of Sunset are free to do anything they want with the building as long as they are up to code, are keeping the original features and don’t distort historical and authentic fabrics.

Upward later pitched the idea for creating a Dodge Museum which includes a Dodge Institute, Dodge Library, time capsule, and garage. Upward says that it will produce revenue as well as brand the university. He says it will also help share the stories of the Dodge brothers and educate an assortment of people. It will also benefit students on campus as it opens up job and intern opportunities.

Eric Barrit also gave his pitch for using the Sunset Terrace as an alumni house. He says that the alumni number has peaked in OU history with a record breaking 100,000 OU alumnus. He wants a place for them to work and settle when visiting Oakland’s campus. He wants to include a Hall of Fame for all the alumnus, as well as host parties, dinners, conferences, and more.

Barrit says that Oakland is known for being the lowest state with space so having a building for alumnus could be an opportunity to move forward and get ahead. Barrit states, “You’re only a student for a little while, but you remain an alum forever.”

The Board is unsure about how the Sunset Terrace will be used, but they know for a fact that this house is rich in history and value and will remain as an Oakland landmark for awhile.

 

 

NEWS: Oakland welcomes “hidden gem”

By Erin Ben-Moche | @ebenmoche

4.29.15

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Photo by Jason Willis, Oakland University Communication and Marketing

Today was a historical day for Oakland University as they welcomed in Dr. George W. Hynd as their sixth President. The special inauguration took place on campus at the O’Rena at 3:00pm. Faculty, students, and board members proudly attended the ceremony.

Guest speakers included Oakland County Executive and Trustee Emeritus, L. Brooks Patterson, Board of directors alumni chair, Anthony Thornton, and student body president Annie Meinberg.  Thornton and Meinberg both shared their grizzly pride saying they were, “proud to be a pioneer grizzly and associated with golden grizzlies.”

After the speakers gave their introductions, Hynd changed robes in the presidential regalia and starts his address with a humble welcome.

“I’ve never had to get dressed in front of 1,000 people before…I’m grateful all of you have welcomed me so warmly and frankly, with so much enthusiasm.” Later in his address Hynd discussed the future of Oakland University.

He stresses the importance of faculty and student relations and promotes a “new era” for OU students in upcoming years. President Hynd says that Oakland is a hidden gem and looks forward to building OU’s prestige. After two long standing ovations, the ceremony came to an end and the celebration continued in the Oakland Center for a southern style reception.

 

International Night 2015

By Lauren Barthold | @bylaurenb

3.25.15

WXOU is a proud sponsor of International Night 2015 – International Marketplace.

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Enjoy food, entertainment, music, dancing, student organization display tables, arts and crafts, as well as prizes from around the world!

The free event is on Friday from 5 to 8pm in the Oakland University Oakland Center Banquet Rooms.

INTERVIEW: Jerry of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream

By Lauren Barthold | @bylaurenb

3.24.15

Jerry Greenfield will bring a special treat to Meadow Brook Theatre tonight at 7pm.

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Not only will the co-founder bring “an evening of entrepreneurial spirit, social responsibility and radical business philosophy,” but also ice cream for the entire audience.

Greenfield explains how it all got started:

So what’s his favorite flavor?

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Did you know that when flavors are retired, they laid to rest in the “Flavor Graveyard” at the factory? You can find dead tastes like “Schweddy Balls,” “Holy Cannoli,” and “White Russian” there. Greenfield explains the Vermont-based company’s flavor process:

He says the event will offer plenty of advice for college students:

Free unlimited tickets are available at the Center for Student Activities ticket window until 5pm.

NEWS: Oakland University students affected by Norovirus

By Lauren Barthold | @bylaurenb

3.13.15

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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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PRDPN77.

INTERVIEW: LGBT advocate Ash Beckham to speak at Oakland University

By Lauren Barthold | @bylaurenb

3.11.15

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

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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.