Monthly Archives: November 2012

Nice ‘stache: students show off their facial fuzz for No-Shave November, Movember

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Post

With the efforts of Movember to “change the face of men’s health” by building awareness for prostate cancer and other men’s health issues, according to the Movember informational website, many Oakland University men have been growing out their whiskers. Some men participate in the annual trend, while others claim to always have facial hair.

“I’ve had this the last two-three years,” Junior Nick Land said about his facial hair. “I think I’d look weird without it, like a baby.”

There were many variations of facial hair around campus, though few opted for a lone mustache.

The top choice was the goatee-moustache combination. Other men chose to style their facial follicles in the look of a chin curtain, soul patch or goatee alone.

Junior Zachary Walters said he plans to shave most of his grizzly growth by the end of the month but will keep the goatee.


Fashion House of Oakland University hosts #TrafficStoppers fashion show

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Post

The Fashion House of Oakland University hosted the first #TrafficStoppers Fashion Show Nov. 27 at 7p.m. The event  featured styles from 10 Michigan fashion designers in addition to performances by student groups.

“I thought it would be a good fashion show,” freshman, Kenyetta Morgan, said. “I’m really into fashion and wanted to see the different designs.”


After an introduction by Fashion House president, Cortney Hopkins, a rap group made of students Dre J. Cope, Mikal De’Lette, D-Whit and Ronnie J kicked off the show with their performance of “Model (Traffic Stop)” which the group wrote for the show.

Other student performances included a vocal performance of “Candles in the Sun” by Miguel, a dance performance by the Oakland University Cultural Dance Group and MAHD performing “Pretty Ladies.”



The designers and fashion

Designers included in the show were Je Suis Fashion, DAMERSEO & Co., Yaya Jewels, Canvas of Dreams, KEMI, My Era Apparel, 38 Otto, La Vas, KC Customz and Pierre Gabrielle.

Bright colored denim and tops, deconstructed scarves, trench coats, beaded jewelry and faux fur were among some of the styles featured in the show.

Prizes were awarded as the audience got involved for a runway walk contest and designer trivia challenge.

Fashion inspiration

Chelsee Foley, designer of 38 Otto, has a personal story behind her fashions. After losing her uncle in 2008, she recently found out he died of pancreatic cancer and had not told anyone about having the disease. When visiting his grave, she saw it was labeled “38” and decided to use her flare for fashion to raise money to buy him a headstone, with other proceeds going toward the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.

“It’s helping keep (my uncle) living with more than a number to remember him by,” Foley said. “I spent a lot of time staying up really late making the clothes. I love designing. Whenever my friends buy expensive clothing I know I can make the same styles.”

Culinary student, Edward Lewis, and OU sophomores, Brennan Brown and James Braddock, make up “Canvas of Dreams.” The group uses their own artwork to design their clothing.

“Instead of going to the museum and paying to see artwork, we wanted to design art you can wear around on your shirt,” Braddock said.

Future shows

This show was sponsored by Jeremy Cornelius of Jer DecCor Collections.

The Fashion House will hold a model casting Dec. 5  from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Lake Huron room of the Oakland Center for their next fashion show, which will be held in February.

Student Chris Young is elected to Romeo District School Board

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Post

On Election Day this year, Chris Young was the first college student to be elected to the Romeo School Board.

He received 32.2 percent of the vote, beating the second chair, who received 28.1 percent.

“I love helping individuals try to get a message out and that’s what I want to provide,” Young said. “Running for the school board is only providing a better message. This is what the community wants and I want to make sure their concerns are addressed.”

A 2011 Romeo High graduate and current Macomb-Oakland University business student, Young has been an involved community member for six years. He is the producer and editor for WBRW television station and has done a great amount of work with technology and community education, including volunteering at The Romeo Bruce Walsh Senior Center.


The campaign

His campaign message was to increase communication between students, parents and community members. As a student himself, Young said he hopes to bring a fresh perspective to the board and be a voice for kids in the district.

Community members from the Romeo schools, as well as some from OU, assisted Young on his campaign. David Robertson, a Romeo teacher, helped get the word out to faculty and students about Young running for the board.

“Chris has real dedication to community,” Robertson said. “He’s young and still has stuff to learn, but he’s got a lot of drive. And I know he’s going to bring better communication to the school board.”

Romeo High School student Patrick Cunningham acted as Young’s representative in the campaign. Having been close acquaintances for two years, Cunningham helped get word out about Young running. He chose the school to provide Young with advice for areas in need of improvement.

Cunningham told attendees and parents about the changes Young would make if elected. He also helped Young use social media to promote his campaign, but he said Young did the hard work on his own.

“I was really proud of Chris and his efforts,” Cunningham said. “I wasn’t surprised that he won because he worked so hard on the campaign. He will be a great addition to the school board.”

OU freshman and Romeo High alumni Brian Neumeyer also helped Young with campaigning by passing out supplies, displaying signs and wearing campaign apparel.

“Chris is a good choice for the school board because he is a go-getter, he’s very motivated,” Neumeyer said. “In high school, he did a lot of media work. Instead of waiting to be asked, he went out and did it. He’s very personable, a good speaker and knowledgeable.”

Taking the board

While Young ran twice in the past for other elections, he said he put the most effort into this one and that the work was worth it.

“I was quite shocked to find out I was elected,” Young said. “I thought I had a 50-50 chance for the second seat because no incumbent was running. I was completely blown away in getting first and taking the vote by about 32 percent.  But it only shows my efforts of working since August to get this really paid off and I thank the community for that.”

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Next Meadow Brook Ball to be two-day event

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Post

The 41st Meadow Brook Ball will be hosted back-to-back as two events, Feb. 1 and 2. Both are open to all students.

“It’s a really unique experience,” Maria Willett, Meadow Brook Ball Committee president, said. “There is no other formal dance event here and a lot of people have never been in the mansion. The ball is OU’s oldest tradition and I think it’s something every student should do at least once.”

In the event’s history, the schedule has shifted from one ball in fall and one in winter, to two in winter and back to one again, according to Jean Ann Miller, director of the Center for Student Activities.

The current change was meant to accommodate to OU’s large student population.

Past attendance was limited to 300, according to Willett. Having two makes it more accessible to the student body.

Tickets go on sale Dec. 5 at 9 a.m., with the Center for Student Activities window opening at 7 a.m. Tickets cost $17.50 per person.

The Ball is sponsored by the Student Activities Funding Board, Tau Kappa Epsilon, WXOU, Circle K and the OU Bioethics Society.

“I went as a student,” Miller said. “It’s a night of elegance. How often in your college career could you get all dressed up and have a great time in Meadow Brook Hall? It’s a sophisticated night at an affordable price.”

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OUSC, engineering team up to transform Bike Loan Program

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Post

After issues with the past Bike Share Program, the Bike Loan Program was
developed earlier this year to create a  more efficient and accountable on-campus green transportation system, where students checked out and took responsibility for bikes.

Oakland University Student Congress and the engineering department joined to develop a proposal for Wi-Fi controlled SMART bikes, which will have electronic locks designed by computer science and engineering students and faculty.

Brian Dean and Osamah Rawashdeh, assistant professors of electrical and computer engineering, developed the lock plans with OUSC student services director,  Amera Fattah.

How the bikes work 

By requiring students to enter their unique PIN, the locks provide safety and accountability with tracking ability, according to Dean.

“When researching, we hadn’t found the perfect fit,” Fattah said. “Some had expensive fees and difficult contracts. We decided to integrate everything together for a convenient program that will increase accountability and build a better representation for OU as a green school.”

Ultimately, students will check out a bike from one of the multiple Wi-Fi racks to be located on campus, entering their password and maintaining responsibility for it until they lock it up again and it checks back into the system, according to Dean.

He said if the bike is stolen when off the system, it will be the students’ liability.

“We want something marketable to other schools and cities,” Dean said.

The locks can be used on any type of bike,  so  the initial goal is to use the current bikes, according to Fattah.

The next step

Three-to-five prototypes will be developed by the end of winter semester and funding will be discussed before the winter semester.

If funded, next summer students will have the opportunity to be “beta testers” for the bikes and evaluate them, according to Rawashdeh.

Dean said if the product proves useful, prototypes will be marketed through OU INC and later patented if needed.

OU alumnus wins international marketing award

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Post

Oakland University post-masters alumnus Yannick Greiner was honored with the Individual Platinum Award from the Marketing and Sales Executives of Detroit for his work marketing Rugged Liner products internationally.

“I was surprised, overjoyed and proud,” Greiner said. “I gave a quick speech about the growth of international sales. I was very flattered and happy to receive the award. It’s a great personal feeling for a first generation immigrant to receive an award in my adopted country.”

After joining the company in 2010 and expanding their sales from domestic to international, Greiner was nominated for an MSED Platinum Award by the Department of Congress this year.

Greiner has been on the Michigan District Export Council since 2005 and said international marketing is his specialty, which was enhanced by his studies in OU’s post-masters program.

He studied in undergraduate and masters programs in France before moving to Rochester, but his work here helped him develop his skills further, while remaining in the workforce.

“There is a high quality of research and learning experience at OU,” Greiner said. “At the time I was looking for a program to fit around my schedule while working. The program was perfect — the best combination while you have a job.”

The International Business Post-Masters program requires five business classes as students “brush up on skills they already have, coming back to learn the academic side, foundation and fundamentals,” and provide mentoring to other students, according to Janell Townsend, associate professor of marketing.

“The post-masters programs are one of the best kept secrets in the business school,” Townsend said. “The people who get in love it.”

Townsend invited Greiner to speak to one of her international business courses about his work. He brought his experiences back to OU by speaking to other international business classes about his work with Rugged Liner.

She said his experiences with expanding Rugged Liner to more locations reinforced the subjects she discussed in class.

“He grew the business really fast,” Townsend said. “He’s a really good guy, always phenomenally nice. It’s great that he’s willing to give back by sharing his experience with the students.”

Greiner said that after the recession, most businesses will need to be international. When he began working for Rugged Liner, the Owosso, Mich. company produced auto supplies domestically.

Rugged Liner planned on expanding to international and with Greiner’s knowledge and experience, was able to make that happen. After his efforts, the company is now an OU Tier 1 supplier, according to Scott Williamson, Rugged Liner president. They currently export to over 50 countries including areas of Mexico, South America, Europe and Asia.

In his three years working for Rugged Liner, Greiner increased the company’s growth by thirty-five percent with his expansion into international sales.

MSED awards two Platinum Awards for business — one individual and one team. The criteria includes “overcoming obstacles in order to achieve success, utilizing creative marketing and/or sales ideas or approaches, exceeded business goals, impacted business and/or industry, exhibited exemplary teamwork, or leadership as an individual and significance of accomplishments, based on financial scope and magnitude,” according the company’s website.

After being interviewed, the nine nominees met with a board, waiting until that evening at the Gala for the winner to be announced.

“I believe Yannick’s passion for international business along with his ability to connect, develop and cultivate business relationships with our international customers are some of his predominant qualities,” Scott Williamson, Rugged Liner president, said. “He lives and breathes international sales. At a time where exports play an increasing role in American companies and for the U.S. Economy, his dedication, commitment and results in international business made him the perfect recipient for the 2012 MSED Platinum Award.”

Meadow Brook Hall Sets up for 2012 Holiday Walk