President Hynd introduces new Chief Operating Officer



Story by: News Director Erin Ben-Moche

President Hynd and now Chief Operating Officer Scott Kunselman stopped by WXOU Wednesday to discuss the position and why it is necessary on campus.

Kunselman introduced himself and talked about his 30 years of experience working with Chrysler. He also discussed his experience as a Board of Trustees member.

He says he fell in love with OU once he saw all it had to offer. Kunselman also admitted he feels closer to the school because his wife is a graduate.

In the interview, Hynd admits the timing of his meeting could have been different, but he still stands by the decision to have Kunselman take on the position of COO.

Faculty and staff had the chance to hear the President and new COO speak together at an update meeting Wednesday afternoon.

Hynd discussed OU’s new mission statement, recent accomplishments in the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, as well as his top five favorite places for students to hang out.

The two said they believe students are the main priority and want what is best for them in order to become successful graduates.

Hynd also explains his new strategic plan for budgets, the historic five year Oakland University Academic Freedom for a Free Society agreement, and compensation study.

He wants to assure faculty and staff that they are an important asset to the university’s success. He also wants to let students know the new residence hall is the first project they plan to put into action.

Listen to the exclusive interview in its entirety here:

New political student organization focuses on Bernie Sanders


Story by: News Director Erin Ben-Moche

Students for Bernie Sanders OU is a new political organization that focuses on Bernie Sanders and student involvement in politics.

Kyle Cooper and Ted Tansley represented the new found group on campus, and talked to WXOU about their group, the democratic politician and the upcoming events they were hosting.

Cooper and Tansley stressed the importance of student involvement because the students have the power to change laws just by voting.

The goal of the Bernie Sanders group is to inform students and to persuade them to vote on election day .

Listen to the full interview here:

WXOU has invited all campus political student organizations on to WXOU for an interview.

WXOU talks with “Orange is the New Black” star Laverne Cox

Story by: Assistant Program Director, Haylie Presnell and News Director Erin Ben-Moche


Actress and activist, Laverne Cox, came to give a lecture at Oakland University last night.

A large crowd filed into the O’Rena, to see one of the breakout stars of Orange is the New Black speak about the experiences she had on her journey as a transgender woman. She strut with confidence to the moderate audience that sat in wait for her before speaking about the intersections in her life – how not only did she face challenges as a woman, but as an African-American transgender woman.

To emphasize transgender struggles, Cox explained the shocking statistics about the violence that happens within the transgender community every year. She would return to this subject multiple times in her speech demonstrating her passion for it.

Cox went into detail about her early life pre-transition, including the bullying she faced when she went to school in Mobile, Alabama. She exuded a sense of strength as she described her being taunted, along with her account of her suicide attempt after the death of her grandmother. The speech took a lighter turn as Cox reminisced on leaving Alabama for New York to attend Marymount Manhattan College and all the inspiring transgender people she befriended there. It was after she met her friend and mentor Tina Sparkles, that she felt that her gender expression was “special”, not something negative and began her hormone treatments on her journey to becoming a woman.

Watch the whole interview here:

President Hynd visits WXOU

Story by: News Director Erin Ben-Moche


Oakland University President George Hynd visited WXOU to inform the students about everything that has happened since the start of the school year.

Hynd talks about the new advancements in the business program and engineering program. The President also was excited to talk about the new collaboration between OU and Wayne State in order to form a new law program. Hynd also talks about how he plans to move into Sunset Terrace in November after the home is renovated.

Listen to the whole interview here:

President Hynd comes into the station to catch up by Wxou on Mixcloud


Arts and Apples Festival 2015

WXOU is excited to be involved with the Paint Creek Center for the Arts annual Arts and Apples Festival.

For 50 years, the festival has transformed the 30-acre Rochester Park into one of the nation’s top fine art fairs with over 290 exhibiting artists from across the country. Paint Creek Center for the Arts is a regional, nonprofit art center located in downtown Rochester.

unnamedIn addition, PCCA will unveil a new documentary commemorating the festival with a screening tribute event on Wednesday, September 9th at the Rochester Community House. Artists, live entertainment and a silent auction will all be a part of the signature event benefitting Paint Creek Center for the Arts and the continued success of the festival.


Catch us running the acoustic stage in Rochester Municipal Park on Saturday, September 12th and Sunday, September 13th.

Main Stage Performance Schedule


4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Stoney Creek High School Cougar Marching Band

5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. We 3 & She (pop covers)

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Tommy Gun and the G Men (Classic Rock featuring Lou Fischetti and Don Henderson)


9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Rochester Adams High Highlander Marching Band

10:15 a.m. – 11 a.m. Jennifer Kincer & Friends (mix bag w/ friends)

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Deborah’s Stage Door Center for the Performing Arts

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Hubbell Street (jazz)

3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. School of Rock Rochester (50 years of R&R)

4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 2nd Street Studio of Dance

6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Denise Davis and the Motor City Sensations (R&B)


9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. The Flint Jubilee Chorale (Gospel)

10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Deborah’s Stage Door Center for the Performing Arts

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. The Swing Shift Orchestra (Big Band Jazz)

12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Official Art & Apples Festival Artist Awards

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Rochester High School Falcon Marching Band

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. The Donny Rod Show (Rod Stewart covers)

Acoustic Café


11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Cindy Young with Anthony Zack (folk)

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Rachel Lee Williams (originals)

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Open Mic hosted by Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters (indie)

2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Taller Than They Appear (indie)

4:15 p.m. – 5 p.m. Drew Hill (Rock Covers)

5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Shelia Landis Trio (Jazz)


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Bob & April (Duets)

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Acoustic Madness Band (festuring Rich Purdy & Bob Monteleone)

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Robyn (folk)

2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Motor City Saxophone Quartet (jazz)

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

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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


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.