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Hillary Clinton visits Oakland University

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The former First Lady, Secretary of State, and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton stopped by the O’Rena Thursday, October 16th to endorse U.S. Senate candidate Gary Peters and gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer.

Hillary Clinton at OU: Annie Meinberg Speech by Wxou on Mixcloud

Hillary Clinton at OU: Richard Bernstein Speech by Wxou on Mixcloud

Nearly 3,000 people packed into the sectioned off arena to watch the rally where numerous Democratic candidates and leaders joined in for support. It was after Lieutenant Governor candidate Lisa Brown spoke when Peters, Schauer, and Clinton took the stage to “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” around 6pm.

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Hillary Clinton at OU: Clinton on Women by Wxou on Mixcloud

Following Clinton’s speech, which touched on education, equality, and other “hard choices” (A plug for her latest book), she walked along the front row barrier signing autographs and taking selfies with attendees.

In the last week, Clinton has traveled to Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Louisville, and San Francisco endorsing other Democratic candidates.

WXOU was the only radio station in Michigan to broadcast the event live.

Death From Above 1979 “The Physical World” Album Review

Death From Above 1979

The Physical World

By: Neil Hazel (@iamneilhazel)


Death From Above 1979 is back in the game with the release of their new album, The Physical World. After releasing their first album back in 2004 and then breaking up in 2006, the Canadian duo took a long break from writing and performing. Despite the time away, the band hasn’t forgotten how to write tracks that immediately grab you ear and hold your attention through the entire album.Death-From-Above-1979-The-Physical-World


With The Physical World, Death From Above 1979 have shown that they can perfectly walk the line between pop and hard rock. Some segments are straight and to the point, with pounding drums and hard hitting guitar chugs, while others are filled with clean fills and smooth riffs. Almost every song has a catchy chorus that will have you singing it in your head days after you listen to it. “Right On, Frankenstein!” is impossible to listen to without wanting to sing along and nod your head as it moves along at a breakneck speed. “Always On” is a track filled with solid rock licks and roughly crooning vocals. “White Is Red” starts off as a ballad like song, slowly building into a noisy rock chorus before suddenly dropping back into calm. “Government Trash” stands out as one of the coolest tracks on the album, moving quickly from one section to the next with a slick guitar lead and blasting drum beats lining the whole song.


The best thing about Death From Above 1979 is their ability to craft songs that you will want to listen to over and over again. Upon each listen it is easy to identify a new, exciting part of each song. A vocal melody, a guitar lick or a drum fill all start to pop out to make The Physical World worthy of many repeat listens. It sounds as if the two members sat down to write the album and just began violently thrashing on their instruments, and then went back and added in layers of heavy rock precession, before finally implementing the catchy hooks into each track. For the most part, this back and forth is pulled off extremely well. However, there are some transitions that seem a little off, and some of the songs may seem a little out of place.


The Physical World is a solid, fun-to-listen to album. It won’t require too much effort to enjoy all 11 tracks on the CD.  Death From Above 1979 has created a pure rock album that pulls from multiple facets of the genre. The album is many things: punky, poppy, noisey, heavy, exciting, and really well put together. Let’s hope the band can avoid calling it quits for a second time and continue to produce jams for years to come.


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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Rochester Community Walk


Last year in the United States, 39,518 people died by suicide—more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined. And the annual suicide rate has been steadily rising for over a decade.

WXOU is proud to be a sponsor of the first ever AFSP Rochester Community Walk on Saturday, 10.12 1-4pm at Stoney Creek Metro Park. Donations will fund research to find better ways to prevent suicide, education programs to raise awareness in schools and workplaces, advocacy initiatives to support public policy that makes mental health and suicide prevention a priority, and support services for survivors of suicide loss.

For more information, visit #endsuicide

Karen O “Crush Songs” Album Review

Karen O

Crush Songs

By: Erin Ben-Moche


“When I was 27 I crushed a lot. I wasn’t sure if I’d ever fall in love again,” Karen O, singer of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, expresses on the inside cover of her debut album, Crush Songs.

This record is extremely short, clocking in at just over twenty five minutes. The length of the songs range from 57 seconds to 3 minutes, but all capture her feelings of each “crush.” She starts each song with “One…Two…Three…” to set the tempo, but her soft voice sets the mood for the songs. Karen O’s Karen-O-Crush-Songscalming melodies and airy vocals perfectly describe who she is as an artist: simple and to the point. Her poetic lyrics don’t have to be over the top in order to be romantic. Each song’s minimal instrumentation and vocal percussion adds to the simplistic nature of the album.

“Ooo” opens the album with the words “Don’t tell me they are all the same.” This song provides an introduction to the album, showing that each person she fell for was different and each one made her feel a certain way. “NYC Baby,” only 57 seconds in length, discusses how O loathed leaving her former crush and letting their long-distance relationship consume her.

Crush Songs also includes a cover of “Indian Summer” by The Doors. It is a beautiful cover that mixes classic rock with O’s own unique touch of Indie soul. It gives the song a new perspective coming from a female’s point of view.

“Native Korean Rock” is another highlight from the album, providing an anthem for those having a hard time getting over their own soured romantic endeavors. Fortunately, it leaves a silver lining of hope towards new beginning.

What is interesting is that Crush Songs took four years to record and produce. Recording started in 2006 and ended in 2010. During this time, Karen O released three albums with The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and was also nominated for her Oscar winning work “Moon Song” from the film Her.

If you need a slow playlist, or are in the mood for love, heartache, and raw emotion, you should check this out this album. Karen O should be celebrated for her raw, breathy sound and smooth guitar melodies that are haunting to listen to. Anyone who has ever been in a head-over-heels relationship, brutal breakup, or yearned for hope will enjoy this album. Karen O leaves us wanting more of her and the passionate lyrics that tell the story of her search for love.

4/5 Rating

A New Den on Campus: Oak View Hall Dedicated over Homecoming Weekend

By Timothy Pontzer


500 Golden Grizzlies have a new den as the newest dormitory on campus was officially dedicated on Saturday afternoon.

While Oak View Hall has been open since the debut of the fall semester, Saturday’s ceremony allowed for faculty, students and family members the chance to celebrate the new building.

“Oak View Hall is an amazing addition to campus and a great new way to build community for our residents,” said Kate Bergel, a Resident Assistant at the new facility. “I’m so excited to see the residents and staff blossom as the year continues.”

Large crowds were able to see the building for the first time as well tour the recently completed $30 million project. OU President George W. Hynd addressed the audience, citing the new site as progress towards the future.

“We now have about 14 to 17% of undergraduates living on campus and we’d like to drive that number up to be more of residential institution over time,” Hynd said. “Oak View is a wonderful step in that direction. It’s also a wonderful new home for our Honors College, which is another important part of our campus community.”

The Honors College took over a large share of the first floor of Oak View. The new space now allows for more students to join the specialized club as well as room to host events and activities. Previously, the HC was located on the ground level of Vandenberg Hall.

“The new Honors College facilities enable students to better connect to their studies through expanded study spaces and new technologies,” said Walter Lashar, a senior student in the HC. “It really helps solidify us as one of the best in the state, if not the entire nation.”

Students who were residents of the new dorm buzzed about some of the offerings, including amenities not seen in other living quarters on campus.

“I feel lucky to get to live here as a freshman,” Pharmacy major Nate Murray said. “It is really clean, has a mini café downstairs, and there are really cool places to hang out throughout the place. My room has great air conditioning, comes with its own fridge, and has a private bathroom, which is definitely the best feature.”

Located across from Vandenberg, Oak View Hall was built as a response to a near 40 percent increase in housing rental agreements.

“Today, we have been able to enjoy the celebration of the new beginning of this truly fantastic building,” Hynd said. “Students are going to have a great on-campus experience living in Oak View.”