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NEWS: Oakland University names Jeff Konya as new Director of Athletics

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By Timothy Pontzer | @timothy_pontzer

7.08.14

After nearly half a year without one, the Oakland University Athletic Department found a new leader.

On Monday, Jeff Konya was officially announced as the new Director of Athletics at OU. Konya will officially begin the post on August 11.

“Jeffrey Konya is a veteran leader with close to 20 years of athletics department experience and a record of progressively increased leadership responsibilities,” said Oakland University interim President Betty Youngblood. “He has been a member of several Division I athletics senior leadership teams that have seen success both internally and externally over the past several years.”

Konya currently serves as the Athletics Director at California State University Bakersfield, a position he has held since 2010. Before CSUB, he served in the athletics departments at South Dakota, Bucknell, Texas-San Antonio, Memphis, Southern Methodist, and Northeastern State.

Konya succeeds interim athletic director Robby Stewart. Stewart had held the role since early February, following the resignation of Tracy Huth. Huth was the Director of Athletics from 2007 until early this year.

“We want to win, that’s why we play the games,” Konya said. “We want our program to garner national acclaim.”

While victories and prestige will be an obvious focus for Konya, he also remarked on wanting to build relationships with players while helping them succeed outside the court or field. During his tenure at CSUB, nearly 50% of their student-athletes maintained a 3.0 GPA. During his career, Konya also taught several courses at the university level including Sports Law, Sports Ethics and Life Skills.

“It is my responsibility as a leader and educator to create an environment for our student-athletes to be successful academically, athletically and socially,” Konya said. “I firmly believe student-athlete development must be a priority and that our efforts are integrated with campus initiatives and opportunities.”

Konya called his selection a dream job and perfect fit, saying that he was returning to his roots. He was born in Royal Oak and grew up in West Bloomfield. Konya’s father (who was in attendance at Monday’s press conference) also previously taught night classes at OU.

One of Konya’s biggest accomplishments on his extensive résumé is his guiding of CSUB into the Western Athletic Conference in 2013. In addition, he helped the school gain positive notoriety, most notably in the form of a blue basketball court, the only one of its kind in the NCAA. Konya’s overall “New Gold Standard” campaign was distinguished as a finalist for the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrations (NACMA) Division I marketing department of the year.

While Oakland has already made a high profile conference switch (moving to the Horizon League last year), Konya’s marketing expertise certainly played a role in his hiring. His fundraising prowess – the CSUB athletic department raised over $2 million last fiscal year – makes him ideal for a school of Oakland’s stature.

“In my perception, Oakland University has a high ceiling for its athletics department and can quickly grow into one of the Top 10 properties in its respective NCAA classification,” Konya said. “In reaching this potential, it is my responsibility to be fiscally sound in practice and to seek revenue opportunities for growth, as well as to maintain an inclusive environment that values gender equity and cultural diversity for all members of the department while being reflective of the mission of the institution.”

“Transformers: Age of Extinction” Cinema Review

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*SLIGHT SPOILERS*

I was going to post this review as soon as it came to theaters, but I wanted to wait until I saw it for a second time. I did this because I saw a handful of negative reviews for the Michael Bay film, despite how passionate I was when I saw it for the first time. The complaints in these reviews were along the lines of “the characters were unecessary” and “the plot was boring”, but I think that people aren’t looking at the big picture. Transformers knows that it isn’t the best movie out there, it isn’t aiming to claim your heart and get you emotionally attached. Transformers: Age of Extinction is a piece of cinema that involves Marky Mark, TJ Miller, Kelsey Grammer, and a whole lot of robots. If you want to see robots destroy other robots while hearing Marky Mark talk his way out of most stuff, this is the movie for you. Another complaint seemed to be the length, which I personally don’t understand. The plot in Transformers added a large chunk of depth to the story of The Transformers, which I couldn’t get enough of. If I’m paying for a $10 movie, I want as much robot action as I can get.

 

Well, that’s about all I can say about Transformers: Age of Extinction without ruining too much, but if you’re one that enjoys large robots fighting while Marky Mark makes tough decisions, this is a movie you don’t want to miss. I mean, just look at the picture above, why wouldn’t you want to see that?

Every Time I Die “From Parts Unknown” Album Review

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By: Neil Hazel (@iamneilhazel)

6.30.14
Every Time I Die are no strangers to writing fast-paced, in-your-face metal, and with their seventh full length “From Parts Unknown” the Buffalo, New York group manageevery time covers to innovate while staying true to their roots. The first track “The Great Secret” sets a pace for an album that is full of relentlessly pounding drums, and hard-hitting riffs. Vocalist Keith Buckley seamlessly floats from guttural screams, to soulful singing. The album moves at a brisk pace, with every track guaranteed to have you banging your head along with guitarists Andy Williams and Jordan Buckley’s grizzly riffs and chords. Bassist Stephen Micciche is constantly on point, filling out the tracks with a solid, heavy bass tone and drummer Ryan Leger doesn’t let up for a second over the 12-track album.

After one of the quickest and most ruthless tracks “If There Is Room To Move, Things Move”, Every Time I Die slows things down, but it is no less entertaining. “Moor” begins with a tense, eerie piano piece accompanied by Buckley’s haunting vocals. The track slowly builds up, moving like a train heading towards an inevitable crash. When the drums and guitar hit, it is one of the most satisfyingly heavy songs on the album. With the track “Old Light”, The Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon is recruited to sing the catchy, head nodding chorus. His vocals fit perfectly in between the growls and roars of Buckley during the verses. The album is closed out by the viscous track “Idiot”, leaving the listener both exhausted and wanting more.

From Parts Unknown harkens back to Every Time I Die’s early releases like Hot Damn! and Last Night in Town, and with that has cemented itself as one of Every Time I Die’s most aggressive releases to date. The group did not forget the country elements that they’ve incorporated into their more recent albums. Just like Buckley’s vocals, the guitars and drums move in between thrash and country from second to second. It seems that Every Time I Die has found a sweet spot in between the old and the new and leaves something that every metal fan can find to enjoy. From punk, to thrash, southern to metalcore, From Parts Unknown clearly shows that after seven releases, Every Time I Die is not slowing down any time soon.


 

WXOU Volleyball Tournament

Grab your friends, and let’s play! The deadline to register by emailing fundraising@wxou.org or promotions@wxou.org is Monday, 7.07.

First place: Two different pairs of concert tickets, Noodles & Company Rochester Hills tasting, music, and WXOU swag

Second place: One pair of concert tickets, music, and WXOU swag

Third place: WXOU swag, movie swag

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{ENDED} Enter to win tickets to see “1964” …The Tribute!

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“1964” … The Tribute, the number one Beatles tribute show in the world, returns to Meadow Brook Music Festival on 7.03 at 8pm. Enter for your chance to win tickets below, or tune in at 88.3FM and the listen page for the cue to call courtesy of Palace Sports and Entertainment!

 

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1″ Trailer

If you’re looking for a great movie to see this fall, get ready (but not too ready) for the 3rd installment in the Hunger Games movie series. This movie will pick up where the critically acclaimed Hunger Games: Catching Fire left off. Hopefully this movie won’t leave us with a cliffhanger like its predecessor did. Above is the trailer for the new movie, which can send chills down your body.

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Can’t wait!